The DualShock 4 controller launched with the PlayStation 4 in 2013 and came with a touchpad. It allows for much more functionality. It was the first time a PlayStation controller had a touchpad. The company may be willing to take it a step further by putting a touchscreen in its place for future models, which is very interesting.
Sony has patented a PlayStation controller that has an integrated touchscreen. The patent shows a controller that’s very similar to the DualShock 4 but has a touchscreen display instead of a touchpad. It was published in October but Sony originally filed for it in 2017.
The patent mentions the touchscreen multiple times. “A touchscreen defined along the top surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension,” is one example from the description. This addition would allow for more interactive functions. The display could work with apps and allow for gesture controls right on the controller itself. It would be unique among console controllers.
Whether or not this is actually going to happen is anyone’s guess. Even though Sony has patented a DualShock 4 controller with a touchscreen display, it’s hard to say if the company will ever release one. We hope that they will.