Sony may be developing a PlayStation-like controller for smartphones. A patent has surfaced on the Internet, which shows two controller handles connected to a device-this looks like a smart phone. In addition, little is currently known about smart phone controllers. From the outside, the controller is similar to the layout of the PlayStation 4 DualShock controller. As early as 2012, Sony launched the Xperia Play smartphone, which has dedicated Dual Shock style game controls and six-axis motion controls.
Sony’s patent for a smartphone controller similar to the PlayStation design was first discovered by Video Games Chronicle and was allegedly submitted by the company’s Japanese branch. As mentioned earlier, the design of this controller is more similar to the PS4 DualShock controller, rather than the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. The controller is described as “a left hand grip part and a right hand hand grip gripped by the user’s left and right hands”.
According to the drawing of the controller in the accused patent, it includes “a shaft that the user can tilt, and detects the direction and amount of inclination of the shaft.” If such a device is launched in the future, it can be used with smartphones to play PlayStation games through remote playback or the cloud. Its function is similar to the way third-party controllers are used to stream and play Xbox games. However, players can still use Bluetooth to connect their regular PlayStation controller to their smartphone. As always, please note that the patent does not necessarily translate into a production model, the company just expressed interest in the underlying technology described in the patent.
As mentioned earlier, Sony introduced the Xperia Play smartphone. The 4-inch (853×480 pixels) screen of the gaming smartphone slides to display buttons similar to the DualShock controller. Sony Xperia Play is driven by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 aka MSM8655 SoC, with Adreno 205 GPU and 1GB RAM. It has 400MB of onboard storage space, which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB). On the back, it houses a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
Sony has pre-installed 6 games for Xperia Play, and the other 70 games can be downloaded from the PlayStation Pocket Store. This smartphone was running Android 2.3 Gingerbread when it was released.