• While we're still a year away from the launch of the next generation of consoles, information is leaking out, as Sony prepares patents and copyrights in order to release the PlayStation 5 late in 2020. A new submission from Sony was discovered on the Japanese patent office's official website, with an attached document showing a working design for a new controller, and what could possibly be a PlayStation 5 gamepad. At first glance, the photos make the controller out to look nearly identical to the DualShock 4, but there are a few small improvements and differences that stand out on closer inspection. For one, the lightbar that was so prominently featured on the DS4 has been removed entirely, and instead of a USB-micro charge port, the presumed DualShock 5 will have USB-C charging. Meanwhile, the DS4 touchpad will also be returning. There appears to be a microphone at the bottom of the controller, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The analog sticks and triggers appear to be the same for the most part, with former being slightly smaller, and the latter being a touch flatter. As far as the documents go, Sony appears to be following their decades-long trend of making minor improvements, but keeping the controller looking relatively the same as it always has.