A new Sony patent has been discovered, which hints at a potential release of a PlayStation controller with slots for charging earbuds.
According to a report from GameRant, the new controller design acts as both an input device and features headphone storage, charging, and connection case.
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The patent reads, “Using the controller as a headphone case and an earbud charger eliminates the need to manage two separate devices. This simplifies the overall user experience as the user has one less device to manage communication with the gaming device.”
Before we get excited, most filed patents do not see the light of the day; however, in this case, a revamped DualSense controller with such a design would make complete sense. PlayStation will soon release the Pulse Explore, their first official pair of wireless earbuds for the upcoming PlayStation Portal handheld device. So, having a controller that can store and charge the earbuds would be a convenient use case.
But this also means that Sony will have to increase the battery capacity of the DualSense by a good measure because currently, the controller can hold up to around 6-7 hours of charge, which just won’t cut it if the battery is also used to charge a secondary device. How will that change the controller’s shape, as well as the price, remains to be seen.
PlayStation is busying itself with new hardware releases these days. Along with the PlayStation Portal, Pulse Explore earbuds, and the Pulse Elite wireless headset, the company is also gearing up for the PS5 Slim, which is scheduled to release in November in the US.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.