A patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment at the United States Patent Office on October 16 may indicate how the PS5 controller will be. Depending on how it is described, it sounds like the DualShock 4, except with a significant change: it can have a touch screen.
The patent describes what sounds like a regular DualShock with handles, analog sticks, triggers and direction and face buttons, with a touch screen "along the upper surface of the main body", so basically the Trackpad is now in DualShock 4..
A controller is provided to interact wirelessly with a computing device, which includes the following, a casing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body, is read in the patent summary, and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, the first extension and the second extension to hold with a first hand and a second hand of a user, respectively; a touch screen defined along the upper surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension; a first set of buttons arranged on the upper surface of the main body near the first extension and on a first side of the touch screen; and a second set of buttons arranged on the upper surface of the main body near the second extension and on the second side of the touch screen ".
Other features of DualShock 4 are also included in the patent. That includes the share button "set to activate a sharing interface to share the game with a social graphic", and the lightbar, which is described as "a translucent panel defined along the front of the main body ; and a defined light on the main body to illuminate the translucent panel.
All of which, essentially, looks like a DualShock 4, but with a touch screen where there should be a trackpad, which seems like an interesting idea, and that seems to be taking signals from what Nintendo has done with the Switch, and did it before. With the Wii U too.
Of course, as is the case with all patents, there is no guarantee that you will see the light of day in its current form (or even in any way), but it gives us an idea of what kind of things Sony is doing. The inevitable PS5. Not too long ago, we also reported on patents filed by Sony related to compatibility with previous versions and V-sync. Read more about it through here.