Sony may be planning to release a controller that will allow you to turn your smartphone into a handheld. The reference is provided by a patent that builds on Sony’s mobile advance.
Sony has patented all kinds of technologies and ideas in recent months and years, including systems that will be used in the upcoming PSVR 2.0 virtual reality headset could be used. The latest patent, on the other hand, is aimed more at mobile gamers.
The patent, which was published last week by the Japanese department of SIE, describes a system for playing games on a handy device that is coupled with two controller handles. The controller consists of “a left handle part and a right handle part”, “which are gripped by the left and right hand of the user”.
According to the patent, the attached drawings, which are more reminiscent of the DualShock 4 than the DualSense, lack “a shaft part that can be tilted by the user”, which enables the direction of tilt to be recognized.
Sony penetrates the mobile market
Should such a device really be implemented, it could be used in conjunction with a smartphone, for example to play PlayStation games via remote play or via the cloud, similar to the controller handles from third-party providers.
In fact, the patent would fit in with the Japanese aspirations to penetrate the mobile market. In October, Sony Interactive Entertainment named former Apple arcade content boss Nicola Sebastiani to head the company’s mobile operations after Sony announced in job advertisements that it would be opening a new business unit to customize its “most popular franchises” for mobile devices.
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A little later, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan announced that there are plans to bring some of the “iconic brands” to the cell phone in the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2022.
“We thought about how the players enjoy our content and we already had some success experimenting with mobile games and apps to give the players more choice,” he said. “Mobile is just one of the areas we’re exploring to reach millions of players beyond our platforms.
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After the successful PlayStation Portable (PSP), Sony launched the PS Vita ten years ago, which, despite its impressive technology, was unable to establish itself. The advance of smartphones and similar devices was too great. However, the Switch was able to prove that there is still a demand for mobile consoles. Sony’s initiatives in the mobile market, however, could indicate that the company has no plans for another handheld.
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