Sony Teases Smart PS5 Controller

By Ben Hamill - January 23 2020
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Sony Teases Smart PS5 Controller

Imagine being able to bark commands at your PS5 controller and never again having to bother with a cumbersome and at-times bulky headset. Now imagine being never again having to leave a game when confronted by the ultimate anti-hero on conundrum-style puzzle because the solution is as easy as asking your controller what the solution to the problem might be. This may be the closest we’ll ever get to experiencing gamer’s heaven on earth.

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According to patent information filed by Sony, the company is currently registering a patent for device that will “be held by a user’s hand, including a microphone, a tactile presentation device that presents a tactile sense to the user’s hand, and a speaker.” Sony hasn’t yet confirmed or denied suspicions that the patent application is for its new PS5 controller, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then chances are its not a cat.

More Than A Coincidence?

What makes even more sense when working from the assumption that the patent is in fact for Sony’s new PS5 controller, is the fact that Sony last year filed another patent of interest; that time round for the registration of exclusive rights to its new AI-powered voice assistance called PlayStation Assist.

Information that was leaked at the time following the filing of the patent referred to a voice assistant able to provide “gaming assistance”. Examples cited in the documentation included “pointing out health packs on a map” and reminding the player about what the objective of the mission is.

We May Be 100% Wrong

The possibility obviously exists that the two patent applications aren’t at all related and that this is basically our “believing what we very badly want to believe”, since a voice command PS5 controller is the stuff that PS-dreams are made of.

On the other hand, if this were indeed pieces of the same puzzle, we may have stumbled upon the perfect fit. Or at least; Sony has. Which may explain why the gaming giant for the second year in a row this year failed to pitch at CES Las Vegas. Some major announcement may be on the cards, and how much more “major” could it possibly get than a smart voice-activated games controller after all? If the voice-tech were to be applied to the new controller, then it will function in the same way as a typical voice-command-receiver system, for example Echo or Siri.

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