For some time now, PS4 or PS5 users have been able to play their games on a mobile device through the Remote Play system. To improve gaming comfort on a smartphone, players can also connect a PlayStation controller via Bluetooth. But according to new elements, Sony wants to go even further on the side of mobile gaming.
Sony recently patented what appears to be a controller for mobile gaming. As reported by the British site VGC, it is apparently a question of a controller to be fixed on each side of a smartphone. The Japanese branch of Sony Interactive Entertainment is a priori at the initiative of this patent. Official document published only last week.
The diagram accompanying this patent shows that this lever therefore corresponds to two handles. As is customary for this type of product, these handles are to be attached to each side of the smartphone. Note that the mobile device controller seen on the patent resumes the appearance of a DualShock 4.
Mobile gaming, a new challenge for Sony?
At present, of course, it is only a question of a diagram. But it would have been less surprising if Sony used the PS5’s DualSense controller as a base. That being said, it is possible that this mobile controller does not have the functionality of the DualSense. This would therefore explain that. But to be sure, we will have to wait for a potential announcement.
Note that, as VGC points out, the patent also mentions a “handle” which is not present in the diagram. The latter would be used for motion detection. The description of the patent indicates that this handle will mark in which direction it is tilted as well as the angle of the movement.
A Swiss Army knife PlayStation mobile controller
If such an accessory for gaming on a mobile device is marketed, the question of the types of use arises. It would make sense for it to be used to play PS4 and PS5 games via Remote Play. On paper, it could also be used to play via the Cloud. Sony could for example decide to offer PlayStation Now on smartphones and tablets.
This PlayStation controller for smartphones could also be used for future Sony mobile games. As a reminder, the Japanese giant revealed earlier this year its intention to turn its most popular licenses into mobile games. Such an accessory would therefore make it possible to play more comfortably on this platform. Now we have to wait for an official announcement, or a major leak, to find out what Sony is up to here.
What do you think of this patent? Would you be interested in a PlayStation controller that makes mobile gaming easier? Have you ever used Remote Play on a smartphone? If so, what did you think? Tell us all in the comments below.