Sony Patent Suggests a New PSVR Controller Could Be in Development

Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent that may point to a new PSVR controller.The patent, titled “Controller Device,” details a new design for a remote-like VR controller that shares some similarities with the current PlayStation

Move controllers, but it also has its fair share of upgrades.

Like the PlayStation Move controller, which has been around since the PlayStation 3 era, the patent shows a controller with a wand-like shape, four small face buttons, a trigger on the back, and a larger center button.

Sony VR Controller Patent

The giant light ball is gone, and the patent describes finger-sensing technology that can detect contact from the user’s fingers. PC VR rigs have had similar technology for some time, but the original PS Move controllers currently used for PSVR ack this functionality.

The patent also shows a wrist strap, and UploadVR speculated that the strap may be used to simulate grabbing objects in VR, which is a function seen in Valve’s Index VR controllers.It remains to be seen if this patent will become a real product in the future. The PlayStation 5 is set to release this year, and Sony has confirmed that current PSVR hardware will be compatible with PS5.

As for a new VR headset, a recent report from Bloomberg claims that Sony is planning to release a new version of PSVR to go on sale sometime after the PS5.

For more, check out another Sony patent for VR-compatible prescription glasses.

Sony VR-Compatible Prescription Glasses Patent

Patent originally spotted by UploadVR.

Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN’s weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant.

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