Sony has submitted a patent application for a touchscreen add-on that can be affixed to the PS5 DualSense Wireless controller. The PlayStation 5 has continuously increased its user base since its release in 2020, meaning 2023 is the company’s most successful year to date.
The DualSense-equipped PlayStation Portal Remote Player Controller, which has an 8-inch display with 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, was officially unveiled by Sony earlier this year. Thanks to this innovation, PS5 games may now be streamed straight from the console to the controller. This item, slated for release in November, exemplifies Sony’s commitment to investigating new technologies that can improve the PlayStation ecosystem.
A supplementary input device that may be attached to PlayStation’s DualSense controller is described in a recently discovered patent. According to the patent application, this “secondary unit” will include touchscreen capabilities in addition to multimedia streaming capabilities to the standard DualSense controller. Players would essentially have a repurposed PlayStation Portal Controller with touchpad inputs which are directly controlled through the display when the screen and a PS5 controller are used together.
Without having to spend $199 on the PlayStation Portal, an independent screen for the PlayStation 5 might be a practical choice for gamers who want the freedom to play without being tied to a TV. This would be especially helpful for gamers who chose the DualSense Edge Controller, which was released at the beginning of 2023. This controller has many customizing options, including mappable buttons and swappable analog sticks, which the PlayStation Portal does not have.
The recently published patent, which is open to the public, is devoid of precise information, such as a possible release date or cost. It’s likely that Sony is only considering ways to increase the number of PlayStation products available. Sony submitted patent applications relating to smell integration into PS5 games via a detachable device before submitting for a touchscreen add-on for the DualSense controller. To improve the entire gaming experience, this smell-emitting device seems to connect to the controller and emit certain aromas.
It’s unclear whether Sony will actually release a separate screen that connects with the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller because not all patented concepts become genuine products.