Sony may be working on a PlayStation-like controller for smartphones. A patent has surfaced online that shows two controller handles paired with a device – which looks like a smartphone. Other than that, not much is known about the smartphone controller at the moment. At first glance, the controller looks like the PlayStation 4‘s DualShock controller layout. In 2012, Sony released the Xperia Play smartphone with dedicated Dual Shock-style game controls as well as six-axis motion controls.
The patent for Sony’s smartphone controller with a PlayStation-like design was first spotted by Video Games Chronicle and is said to have been filed by the Japanese division of the company. As mentioned earlier, the controller has a more similar design to the DualShock controller from PS4 than from the DualSense controller from PlayStation 5. The controller is described as “a left side grip part and a right side grip part gripped by the hands. user’s left and right “.
According to the drawings of the controller in the alleged patent, it comprises “a shaft part which can be tilted by the user and detect the tilt direction and the tilt amount of the shaft part”. If such a device is launched in the future, it could be used with a smartphone to play PlayStation games via Remote Play or the cloud. It could work the same way that third party controllers are used to stream and play Xbox games. However, gamers can still connect their regular PlayStation controllers to a smartphone via Bluetooth. As always, note that patents don’t necessarily translate into production models, and the company is simply expressing interest in the potential technologies described by the patents.
As mentioned earlier, Sony launched the Xperia Play smartphone. The gaming smartphone’s 4-inch (853×480-pixel) screen slides out to reveal DualShock controller-like buttons. The Sony Xperia Play is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 SoC, aka MSM8655, paired with the Adreno 205 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. It has 400MB of on-board storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB). At the rear, it houses a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash.
Sony has preloaded the Xperia Play with 6 games and 70 more games can be downloaded from the PlayStation Pocket Store. The smartphone, at launch, ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread.