Sony may be working on a PlayStation-like controller for smartphones. A patent has surfaced on the web that shows two controller knobs connected to a device that looks like a smartphone. In addition, little is known about the smartphone controller at the moment. In appearance, the controller resembles the layout of the DualShock controller on the PlayStation 4. Back in 2012, Sony released the Xperia Play smartphone, equipped with dedicated Dual Shock-style game controls and six-axis motion controls.
The patent for a Sony smartphone controller with a PlayStation-like design was the first. spotted by Video Games Chronicle and allegedly filed by the Japanese subsidiary of the company. As previously mentioned, the controller has a design more like a PS4 DualShock controller than a PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. The controller is described as “a left grip and a right grip, held by the user’s left and right hands.”
According to the drawings of the controller in the patent pending, it includes a “portion of the shaft that can be tilted by the user and determine the direction of inclination and the amount of tilt of the portion of the shaft”. If such a device is launched in the future, it can be used with a smartphone to play PlayStation games either via Remote Play or via the cloud. It can work in a similar way to how third-party controllers are used to stream and play Xbox games. However, players can still connect their regular PlayStation controllers to a smartphone using Bluetooth. As always, please note that patents do not necessarily translate into manufacturing models, and the company is simply expressing its interest in potential technologies described in the patents.
As previously mentioned, Sony has released the Xperia Play smartphone. The 4-inch screen of the gaming smartphone (853×480 pixels) slides to reveal buttons similar to those of a DualShock controller. The Sony Xperia Play is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, also known as the MSM8655 SoC, which is paired with an Adreno 205 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It has 400MB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 32GB). At the back is a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
Sony pre-loaded 6 games on the Xperia Play, and 70 more games could be downloaded from the PlayStation Pocket Store. The smartphone was running Android 2.3 Gingerbread when launched.