The PS5 controller can have its own built-in microphone for voice commands, headset-free party chat and more, according to a newly discovered patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Spotted for the first time by a user on Reddit, the controller's patent was filed with WIPO earlier last year, but is only just now available for public viewing and reveals that PlayStation has developed ideas for a gamepad with its own microphone on the front from the device itself.
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This confirms earlier with leaked patents and images from the DualShock 5, which have also suggested that the next-gen controller could include a larger touchpad, back buttons, and backward compatibility with the PS4.
That said, it is worth remembering that a patent filed is by no means a confirmation that Sony is continuing to develop this technology for the DualShock 5, and it is quite possible that this information and accompanying sketch (which is in nothing looks like a PlayStation controller) for another Sony product altogether.
That said, the scene is set for a major PlayStation meeting in February, with rumors that Sony plans to fully unveil the PS5 in a few weeks, so we'll find out soon enough anyway. In connection with this, PlayStation has confirmed that it will not be present at E3 2020 this year, and is abstaining from the convention to leave Microsoft as the largest presence on the show floor. The silver lining? You can expect a lot more Xbox Series X news this summer.
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