PlayStation Files Patent for New Controller Feature

A new Sony patent describes functionality for the c-stick on the controllers, that would allow users to adjust the height of the thumbstick to their desired height.

Posted By | On 17th, Jan. 2022

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It seems PlayStation has been busy ensuring more choices for their console users in the way they use the accessories. Most of these changes are subtle, minor, yet very useful and add some much-needed accessibility to the controller.

For instance, as per a new patent (via coindipender), Sony is trying to give its user the option to adjust the height of the control stick, the main goal being that the c-stick is not sticking out in one place permanently. As per the filings, the abstract reads as follows:

“A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot center within the controller body.”

The internal filing date for the patent seems to point out that Sony filed it last year on 22 July, and the same got published on 13 January 2022.

The filing indicates that Sony might be working on a new controller, though patents aren’t necessarily always indicative of concrete plans of course. PlayStation’s DualSense controllers are already feature-rich, coming with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, among other features, so having something like this would add to an already pleasant controller experience.

In more Sony patent-related news, the company recently filed one for their upcoming PSVR2, which allows the headset to scan real-world objects into a game, along with one filed by the PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny for backward compatibility.


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