Sony patent a wireless Dualshock controller adaptor

Yet another patent filed by Sony has surfaced and this one is rather like the recently released Dualshock 4 back buttons adaptor. The patent includes back buttons but also has a large slab on the base which can be used for wireless charging.

A wireless charging adapter that can snap onto a computer game controller can be inductively coupled to a charging base to wirelessly recharge a battery in the controller. The adapter also can include keys that mirror keys on the controller so that a gamer can remove the adapter with controller from the charging base, keep the adapter on the controller, and use both the controller keys and adapter keys to control a computer game.

The charging base has a flat mat-like surface on which the adapter is positioned to charge the battery. If desired, the adapter can be electrically engaged with the electrical component in the controller housing through at least one electrical wire engaged with an input/output port such as a universal serial bus (USB) port or extension port on the game controller.

The design is for the current Dualshock 4, it is specifically referenced in the text,  but some are speculating that the tech could make it’s way in to the PlayStation 5. I am a little sceptical, the design is very bulky and I’m not sure Sony would want to mess about with  controller that much and make it heavier. Take a look at the design.
Sony have been on a spree patenting new tech, recent discoveries include a finger tracking VR controller, a new version of PlayStation VR, an AI assistant, and a Dualshock 5 with built in back buttons. If Sony do add the tech to Dualshock 5 then hopefully it will work as well as the current back button attachment.
“Overfamiliarity with the DualShock 4 means it’s often difficult to transition to one of the many “pro” controllers on the market,” we said in our 91/0 review. “However, having those two extra rear side buttons is a boon that could benefit many gamers and this attachment offers the perfect solution.”
Source: Patent via SegmentNext
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