The technology will allow controllers to make inputs via a Wi-Fi transceiver as well as the regular Bluetooth transceiver which is present in both the Dualshock 4 and the DualSense. Whichever of the two input signals reaches the PlayStation first will be used. Having two potential commands at once will apparently work to reduce latency, according to the pattern’s description.
The patent image depicts a DualShock 4 controller with a Wi-Fi node in the touchpad area. It was filed nearly two years ago in July of 2019, but given its recent publication, it means that Sony may be considering implementing the technology in future controllers.
In other Sony news, the company has said it aims to exceed PS4’s 14.8 million second-year sales, but a parts shortage might stop that. In the same earnings call, it was revealed that the PlayStation 5 has shipped 4.5 million units in 2020, which matches the numbers achieved during the launch of the PlayStation 4. If you’ve been lucky enough to snag yourself a console, check out our article covering the 10 best games on the PS5.
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