PlayStation 5 comes with the next-generation Sony console currently scheduled for a Holiday 2020 release. This means that the system is still about a year away, but we are beginning to get an idea of what the console will be like. Now a new patent for the PlayStation 5 controller has appeared on the Japanese patent office's website, giving us an insight into the rough shape of the DualShock 5 – or what the PS5 controller is finally called. At first glance it looks a lot like DualShock 4, but there are some major changes that have been made.
As VGC notes, the images in the patent point to a few changes, such as smaller sticks, larger triggers, a USB-C charging port and – perhaps especially – no light bar, one of the most important additions to DualShock 4 Although this is not the definitive final version of the PlayStation 5 controller (the infamous PlayStation 3 "boomerang" controller was abandoned prior to the system's launch), it is possible that at least some of these changes will appear in the final design. The touchpad remains in place and the general shape seems very similar to the DualShock 4.
Sony has previously discussed its new controller and revealed that haptics will replace the regular rumble, allowing for a "wider range of feedback" allowing a more nuanced approach to how the controller vibrates (much like the switch's "HD Rumble") L2 / R2- triggers on the PS4 controller will be replaced with adaptive triggers, so developers can program for extra resistance – the R2 button may be more difficult to press if a character is pressing something heavy, or if you feel resistance when pulling back the string on an arc . The controller is reportedly being developed to give players a stronger sense of place in their environments and to give developers new alternatives in the experiences they can replicate.
We also know that PlayStation 5 will still require that games be installed from discs, and that Sony hopes the system will be adopted by players soon. We are also starting to see games announced for it, including many Ubisoft titles and Path of Exile 2.