There has been a lot of speculation regarding the PlayStation 5, and we even have a good idea as to what games one could expect coming to the future console. However, there are a few patents that indicate the console may be looking to be a next-generation hybrid model.
This may come off as ironic, but Sony - the company responsible for pioneering the compact disc - is working on a new cartridge format for storing video games. According to TechTastic, Sony has already patented the new storage format.
The patent was done via the official South Korea channels last year and was published by the Korea Intellectual Property Right Information Service (KIPRIS) earlier this month. Sony didn't file the patent with much information on the new product, but there is rather descriptive imagery included.
The patent is titled as an "Electronic Game Cartridge" and shows something that looks like a PlayStation 2 memory card and a Nintendo Switch game cartridge. The hole cut out is an unusual shape, so we can't assume that Sony is heading towards USB Type-C. It looks more like an HDMI or an old 40-pin iPhone port, and will most likely be used to transfer data between the game cartridge and the console.
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This coincides with the fact that Red Dead Redemption 2 came with two discs, and Sony may be trying to future-proof their next console. There was also a patent that was for a device that has a screen with a controller setup on both sides of the screen. The patent serves as a visual representation of the recently described PlayStation 5 controller.
If this patent seems to be true, Sony's next console may be competing with Nintendo's market. There's no way of confirming if Sony will act on these patents, but a patent described the PlayStation 5 controller down to the screen in the patent.
The description was as follows:
“A controller for interfacing wirelessly with a computing device is provided, including the following: a housing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body, and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, the first extension and the second extension for holding by a first hand and a second hand of a user, respectively; a touchscreen defined along the top surface of the main body between the first extension and the second extension; a first set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the first extension and on a first side of the touchscreen; and a second set of buttons disposed on the top surface of the main body proximate to the second extension and on a second side of the touchscreen.”
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