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DualShock 5 controller could work without PlayStation 5

Published: 15:49, 16 October 2019
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According to the latest patent filing by Sony, players could be able to use the PlayStation 5 controller to connect to the internet without connecting to the console.

Recently, Sony's system architect Mark Cerny revealed several new details about the next-gen console PlayStation 5. We know that the console is coming sometime during holiday season in 2020 and Cerny also confirmed that the engineers are working on a new controller, which is yet to be named but everything other than "DualShock 5" would be a big surprise.

Cerny mentioned that the controller will feature Sony's new technology implemented into new adaptive triggers, which will offer varying levels of resistance for a new level of immersion. According to Sony, pulling an arrow on a bow or firing a machine gun will feel much more realistic thanks to the new triggers.

Dualshock 5 will have another new feature that is yet to be officially confirmed by the Japanese tech giant but according to the latest patent filing,  players could be able to connect to the internet with the new controller, without connecting to PlayStation 5.

As you can see from the image , the controller would be designed to access previous data via the cloud network and then allow players to connect to a nearby device, marking a huge change to the DualShock 4 controller. Currently, players need to connect to a console in order to access PlayStation Now or other features but Sony aim to eliminate this "issue" with the new design.

Of course, this is nothing new and other companies already implemented the feature in their controllers. For example, Google Stadia uses a similar approach as long as there's a Chromecast device nearby. 

While the new Dualshock 5 details seem pretty legit as they come from a patent filling, these are not official confirmations so take everything with a grain of salt.​​​​​​​​

Sony artwork showing dualshock 2 controller for ps4 Dualshock 2

Sony should reveal more details about PlayStation 5 and the new controller on PlayStation Experience which is taking place in December 2019.
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