Sony Interactive Entertainment has reportedly patented a new mobile controller that can be used for smartphones.
According to the new report by media outlet VGC, this patent was published SIE’s Japanese division. It shows the controller and has a screen in the middle. Just like a Nintendo Switch JoyCon or other controllers that can be attached to the smartphones, it seems it can be attached by slotting the mobile screen in the center.
The patent only features the controller and not the screen in the image, which seems to be only an example on how it would look like.
It also includes an interesting description of the controller, which was translated by VGC. “A left side grip portion and a right side grip portion gripped by the left and right hands of the user. A shaft portion that can be tilted by the user and detect the tilting direction and tilting amount of the shaft portion.”
The PlayStation controllers can now be paired with mobile devices via Bluetooth, but this new patent would make SIE a competitor against makers of third-party controllers for mobile devices. It was also reported earlier this year that the game company is now getting involved with the mobile market.
No official announcement yet from SIE to confirm this new patent.