It’s pretty well-known right now that the future of gaming is getting more and more cloud-based, and it seems that Sony is definitely embracing the change with the upcoming PlayStation 5.
According to a new patent filed by Sony and spotted by German publication Techtastic, the PS5’s controller hints that the console could be moving to more technology in the cloud.
The patent seems to show that the PS5 controller will connect straight to the internet and not to the console itself.
The description given in the patent speaks of “a controller device for user interactivity with a server of a cloud gaming system is provided.”
It continues: “The controller device communicates directly to an access device for connection to a network that connects the controller device to the server without connecting to a client device, wherein the server receives and processes the inputs to render gameplay video that is transmitted over the network for rendering to a display device that is local to the controller device.”
There’s also a sketch which shows the user connecting the controller to the console through an online server.
Personally, I’m hoping this isn’t going to be for the standard PS5 DualShock, and instead relates to an optional controller, maybe for use with PlayStation Now. It’ll be pretty strange to only be able to play your PS games with an internet connection.
Businesses file for patents all the time but it doesn’t necessarily mean that what they’re patenting is coming to market.
Just last month, a handheld console patent was discovered to have been filed by Razer.
The company said in a statement: “As one of the world’s most forward-looking companies, Razer regularly applies for new patents for innovative concepts and designs.
“With more than 3,000 applications, Razer recently won prizes from the World Intellectual Property Organization for its innovations. At the start of 2013 we invented the first gaming tablet with removable controllers – the Razer Edge – years before devices like the Nintendo Switch were launched. Our patents may or may not be marketed and we do not comment on unannounced products.”
Would you like to see a PS5 controller that requires an internet connection?
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