Pictures (below) seem to show an almost identical periphery to the PS4 button on the back that was released last year. We called that attachment “easy to recommend”
Like the PlayStation 4’s external DualShock controllers, DualSense gamepad accessories would connect to the input slots on the bottom of the PS5 controller. The buttons on the accessory can also be fully customized, allowing users to map presets based on each button press. The patent indicates that the back button extension will allow multiple buttons to be “within reach of the user while using certain functions” as some button instructions “may be out of reach of the average hand while using certain functions”.
It is unclear whether Sony will continue production of the DualSense back button add-on, or whether this is just the company covering third-party accessories. Sony has previously pressured Customize My Plates, a third-party maker of PS5 discs, to cancel their bespoke orders, and the patent on the PS5 button could be a way to prevent other companies from making their own accessories on the back.The news of this PS5 patent on the back button comes after Sony revealed that the DualSense controller would not come automatically equipped with such a device. In September 2020, Sony confirmed that the gamepad would not have a back button or trigger functionality, but this patent document suggests that it may not be long before the peripheral device is official.
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