It looks like Sony already knows the next direction they’re headed in with their controllers for the PS4, if they don’t hold them off until the PS5. According to updated U.S. Patent documents surrounding Sony’s hold on their current controller design, the company has added in a new update to the documentation that includes a new design for a controller with a touchscreen. Most likely located in the spot where the clickable touchpad currently rests. When we’ll actually see it is another issue altogether, but here’s what the primary text says about the update.
“A controller for interfacing wirelessly with a computing device is provided, including the following: a housing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body, and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, the first extension and the second extension for holding by a first hand and a second hand of a user, respectively; a touchscreen defined along the top surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension; a first set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the first extension and on a first side of the touchscreen; and a second set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the second extension and on a second side of the touchscreen.”