PlayStation controllers haven’t suffered a lot of changes since their inception – after all, the design has become too much of the PS4 trademark to require any adjustments.
Even so, Sony recently updated their controller patent and the update hints at an interesting addition: a touchscreen instead of the DualShock 4 touch control pad.
“A touchscreen defined along the top surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension; a first set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the first extension and on a first side of the touchscreen” states the patent “[…] a second set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the second extension and on a second side of the touchscreen.”
Makes you wonder what type of content we’d see displayed on such a touchscreen and if its addition is even necessary to begin with. If anything, the touchscreen could provide console-based information such as friend requests or other incoming invites.
Regardless, the patent is nothing more than just that at the moment: a patent application and, like all patents, it should be taken with a grain of salt.