Is Sony jumping on the mobile bandwagon soon? A new patent shows that the company is apparently working on a special controller for smartphones. Sony may be orienting itself towards Microsoft and trying to make its own cloud gaming service available for cell phones as well.

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New PlayStation controller for cell phones: Sony secures patent

Sony seems to be in patent fever right now. We recently reported that the company had filed a patent for its own PS5 faceplates, now the next application appeared on the net. On the conceptual drawings of the new patent: a PlayStation controller with a horizontally positioned smartphone in the middle. So Sony seems to a PlayStation controller for mobile devices to work.

PS4 mobile phone controller patent application concept drawing
The PS4 controller for smartphones looks to be used to at first glance. (Image: Sony Interactive Entertainement)

What also emerges from the official document: Sony filed the patent in mid-2020 one, but the application was only recently published (source: patentscope.wiko.int).

Interestingly, the controller shown in the pictures does not seem to resemble the current DualSense model that is used for the PS5. Instead, Sony helped develop the patent based on the design of the PS4 controller. The controller seems to have a USB-C or Lightning connector that can be used to connect directly to the smartphone.

There should be some kind of holder for the smartphone between the two halves of the controller. It is not clear from the drawings whether this can be adjusted depending on the size of the device.

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But why did Sony file such a patent application so late? Third party controllers designed specifically for cell phones have been around for years. In addition, the normal PS4 controller can also be connected and used directly with the smartphone via cable.

One possible explanation: Sony is planning to offer its Xbox Game Pass alternative To offer PlayStation Now also for mobile devices in the future. So far, the service is only available for PS4, PS5 and Windows PCs. A corresponding controller, which transforms the smartphone into a new kind of PlayStation Portable, would be just the thing. However, it cannot yet be confirmed whether Sony really has such ambitions.

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It also remains questionable whether the new PlayStation controller for smartphones will ever become a reality. Sony and many other companies regularly secure patents for equipment and concepts that, however, never end up being used. We are definitely curious to see how the story develops.