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An updated patent submitted by Sony in 2017 and publicly published last month suggests the company has been experimenting with a PlayStation controller that features a screen. The pad – which effectively sounds a lot like a DualShock 4 with a touchscreen included where the current touchpad sits – would presumably function similarly to the Nintendo Wii U, providing additional game information and perhaps even enabling Remote Play-like functionality.

It’s worth remembering that companies file documents like these all the time, and they’re rarely representative of commercial products in the pipeline. It’s probably something that the platform holder’s playing around with as it works on the PlayStation 5, but it would really bump up prices and we can’t help but ponder how much value it would add to the experience. Our guess? There’s nothing to see here. Interesting idea, though, right? Never seen anything like it before

[via pdfpiw.uspto.gov, dualshockers.com]