PS5 rumour mill has been set abuzz over claims of a shock change Sony may have in the works for the PS4 successor.
We know the PS5 is coming, with rumours of a reveal next year and a launch either in 2019 or 2020.
The PS5 is rumoured to offer 60FPS gaming at 4K and will allegedly have a games list featuring a number of cross-gen PS4 titles.
It’s also rumoured to support a brand new PSVR 2 headset that’s in the works which features a built-in camera and upgraded controllers.
But while these rumours may not surprise many PS4 fans, there is one PS5 claim that could raise plenty of eyebrows.
Sony has recently registered a patent which could be related to the PlayStation 5 – and it’s interesting to say the least.
The patent shows a new cartridge based format similar in design to the old school PS1 memory cards.
On one end of the cartridge is a hole which could be used as a handle for the cartridge.
And on the other end is a connection port which could be for a USB cable.
As reported in a post by GameRant, apart from the mysterious images the patent doesn’t give much away.
Could this be a new cartridge format for a successor to the cult handheld, the PS Vita?
Or could it be a surprise new format that replaces Blu-Rays for the PS5?
This isn’t the only recently filled patent that could be related to the PS5.
Another patent Sony submitted in the past few weeks outlined a controller with a touchscreen panel.
The description for the controller says: “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.”
Could this be the PS5’s controller that will replace the Dual Shock 4?
Or is it merely a futuristic joypad that Sony has looked into that they want to patent early?
For the time being it simply remains speculation, but what shape the PS5 will take should become clearer in 2019.
Respected analysts Ace Securities believe the PS5 could be “introduced” by the end of 2019.