The next version of Sony's DualShock PlayStation controller may have its own touchscreen.
"gaming controller" patent was awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Oct. 16 and previously reported by Dualshockers.
Its diagrams show a controller that's nearly identical to the PS4 one that you've been using since 2013, but the abstract mentions a "touchscreen" in place of the current version's touchpad, the touch-sensitive central button.
It was referred to as a "touch sensor" in
previous patents, Gizmodo noted.
A touchscreen could display extra game information (like in-game menu options), and the patent refers to outlining gestures for gamers to trace with their fingers.
Sony filed the 32-page patent application in September 2017. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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The first major console to offer a touchscreen controller was
in 2012, but that failed to capture gamers' imaginations and the company Nintendo's Wii U to craft the Switch. learned from its shortcomings
We don't know if the Sony patent hints at a new controller for the PS4 or its
, but another October patent hinted that the company is also much-anticipated successor . looking at backward compatibility CNET's Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Best Black Friday 2018 deals: The best discounts we've found so far.