Sony Interactive Entertainment America has presented a patent updated in October for what appears to be a new driver with a built-in touch screen in it. The patent was filed with the United States Patent Office and in reality it includes a lot of information about the piece of technology that Sony wants to get.
The presentation of patents for this "game controller" is very technical, but as discovered by AlphaFoxWarfare, it causes some type of touch screen addition to be identified.
"A controller will be provided to interconnect wirelessly with a computer device, including the following: a housing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, first extension and the second extension to be held first and foremost by a user, respectively, a touch screen defined along the upper surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension, a first set of buttons arranged on the surface top of the main body near the first extension and on the first side of the touch screen; and a second set of buttons available on the top surface of the main body near the second extension and on the second side of the touch screen. "
If you have not understood anything of this, it basically identifies some of the most basic features of the controller and highlights that a specific touch screen component. This gives us a little look at the thoughts of Sony and PlayStation's R & D department.
The patent describes the driver as a DualShock 4, so it could end up being a version of the driver with a "touch screen". Although it is possible that this patent is just an updated presentation for the existing PlayStation controller, the additional feature is definitely something to keep in mind.
Whether or not we end up seeing this implemented in a new version of DualShock 4, or perhaps – just maybe – a hint of the controller of PlayStation 5, the time will have to count. We recommend that you carry this with a large salt due to a previous Sony patent which has become an unconfirmed update of the existing PlayStation DualShock controller.
DualShockers will let you know if something changes with respect to this story or if Sony makes an official announcement about this driver.