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Sony Patent Suggests PlayStation Working on Mobile Controller

Sony Patent Suggests PlayStation Working on Mobile Controller - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 27 November 2021 / 2,556 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment's Japanese division has filed a patent, which was spotted by VideoGamesChronicle, for what appears to be a PlayStation mobile controller. 

The drawings in the patent show a controller that looks more like PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller, rather than PlayStation 5's DualSense controller. 

The patent describes the controller as "a left side grip portion and a right side grip portion gripped by the left and right hands of the user." It is also said to have "a shaft portion that can be tilted by the user, and detect the tilting direction and tilting amount of the shaft portion."

If Sony were to release a controller with the middle section that can fit your smartphone it could be used to play PlayStation games using Remote Play or even possibly the cloud. 

Sony Patent Suggests PlayStation Working on Mobile Controller

There are similar third-party controllers that can be used with your smartphones to stream Xbox games. 

Sony Interactive Entertainment did recently hire Nicola Sebastiani, the former Head of Content at Apple Arcade, as the Vice President Head of Mobile at PlayStation Studios.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan earlier this year said the company has been experimenting with mobile games as it is an area they can reach "millions of gamers" outside of the PlayStation ecosystem.

"The content developed by PlayStation Studios these past 25 years has created a wealth of IP and provided PlayStation with immersive experiences that evoke emotions and bring players on a journey," Ryan said at the time.

"We have been thinking about how players enjoy our content and have had some early success with experimenting with mobile games and apps to provide more choice to gamers. Mobile is just one of the areas we are exploring to reach millions of gamers beyond our platforms."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
Eric2048 (on 27 November 2021)

Probably just one of those controllers for mobile phones.

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gtotheunit91 Eric2048 (on 29 November 2021)

Probably, but what are they gonna do? Start putting PS games on mobile via cloud streaming?

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zero129 gtotheunit91 (on 29 November 2021)

They already do this with PSNow

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Pemalite (on 28 November 2021)

Aren't all controllers intrinsically mobile these days?

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curl-6 (on 27 November 2021)

Introducing the Playstation U

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SuperNintend0rk curl-6 (on 27 November 2021)

Lol more like the SwitchStation Lite :P

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Leynos SuperNintend0rk (on 27 November 2021)

Sony PlayStation Swap.

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VAMatt (on 27 November 2021)

PScloud confirmed!

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KLAMarine (on 27 November 2021)

Mobility is the future: why make the customer go to you when you can go to the customer?

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CaptainExplosion (on 28 November 2021)

Sony wants to copy Nintendo. No, really?

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zero129 (on 27 November 2021)

Sony going all in on PSNow confirmed!, anyone who thinks Sony isnt going to be just like MS after this and their PC releases are surly in denial at this stage.

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mjk45 Leynos (on 28 November 2021)

its an updated joycon .

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mjk45 mjk45 (on 29 November 2021)

Since my reply seemingly lacked nuance I will resort to hieroglyphics😜 damn where's a proper tongue in cheek emoji when you need it.

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