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Sony patents new PlayStation DualShock controller – could it be for PS5?

Published: 30/Dec/2019 1:04

by Brad Norton

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Sony has filed a new patent for an updated DualShock controller and it could reveal our first glimpse at the PlayStation 5 design with a number of unique features.

The DualShock controller has seen a wide assortment of iterations since its initial release just three years into the life cycle of the first PlayStation console in 1997. 

While Sony has attempted to break the mold and conceptualize new designs such as the original PlayStation 3 boomerang controller, the gaming industry juggernauts always fall back upon the trusty DualShock layout with minor updates throughout each console generation.

From the iconic face buttons to the familiar analog stick layout, it appears as though the popular PlayStation controller will be remaining mostly intact with a few new features as we enter the next console generation in 2020 with the launch of the PlayStation 5.

HackadayAn original PlayStation 3 controller design was quickly shelved after being met with a great deal of criticism.

A patent recently filed by Sony and publicized on December 26 has shed light on an updated controller design that hints at plans for a future iteration in the Dualshock series.

One of the major changes immediately apparent in the provided images is that of additional buttons on the back of the controller. Providing two more functions, the rear buttons are present near the center of the design meaning that players will not have to search for the new mechanics. Rather, the new buttons will feel right at home where fingers are often placed when regularly holding a DualShock controller.

Perhaps the most glaring omission from the new controller design however, appears to be the lack of a designated PlayStation button. Serving as a way to quickly reach the home screen or switch the console off if held down, there’s no telling how these functions will be remapped moving forward if this design is indeed final.

PatentscopeThe new design that accompanies a recent Sony patent reveals new buttons on the rear of the controller.

A touchpad is still present on the face of the controller as are the Share and Options buttons that players have grown accustomed to throughout the PlayStation 4 lifecycle. 

Moreover, concave analog sticks appear once again for fans of the PlayStation 4 feel, opposed to the convex design of PlayStation 3 controllers. 

While a new controller model is exciting, there’s no indication that this design will eventuate into the final version of a new DualShock model to accompany the PlayStation 5 at launch. A number of changes can be implemented between now and the 2020 launch of the next-gen console. 

PatentscopeRetaining a similar visual to that of the DualShock 4 controller, the next-gen PlayStation controller could be remarkably similar to the current-gen design.

Hot off the heels of an official attachment for the DualShock 4 controller, it appears as though additional buttons on the back of any given design will be a major focus moving forward.

The upcoming PlayStation 4 ‘Back Button Attachment’ allows players to map any function to the rear buttons. Based on designs from the recent patent, this release could be an attempt from Sony to ease PlayStation gamers into the next iteration of DualShock design.

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10 Pokemon that players refuse to catch in Pokemon Go

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:20

by Daniel Megarry

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With four years since Pokemon Go released, gamers have had more than enough time to decide which Pokemon they love and which ones they hate – and there are some very strong opinions out there.

While players of Nintendo’s popular mobile game can probably all agree that stumbling across another Pidgey isn’t exactly the most thrilling encounter, there are some more unexpected choices that fans will do their best to avoid.

Despite the franchise’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All slogan, a recent thread on the Pokemon GO subreddit saw players share the Pokemon that they absolutely refuse to catch. The answers range from the “annoying bird” Murkrow to the “piece of garbage” Sunkern (ouch). User octropos sparked the debate and it’s fair to say some are unequivocal about their picks.

Check out 10 of the most disliked Pokemon in Pokemon Go below.

Bidoof

Bidoof Pokemon Go
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Bidoof may be cute but fans don’t rate it

Bidoof is one of the cutest Pokemon of all time, but not everyone is a fan. “For me it’s Bidoof,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “I can’t stand the noise it makes and I hate how stupid it looks.”

Poor Bidoof.

Cherrim

Cherrim in Pokemon GO
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Pokemon Go players aren’t sure Cherrim is worth the effort

Reddit user 47Dud3_ questioned the high frustration level of catching Cherrim when there isn’t much reward for doing so.

“They are annoying to catch because they even break out sometimes with a Golden Razz/Ultra Ball,” they complained. “Plus they can’t be shiny and have no meta relevance whatsoever. Gosh, I hate them so much.”

Zubat

Zubat in Pokemon Go
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Zubat definitely isn’t anyone’s favorite Pokemon

Zubat has largely been considered a filler Pokemon since the very first game dropped on the Gameboy back in 1996, and its reputation hasn’t been much different in Pokemon Go.

“I leave rocket battles when Zubat is gonna be the reward if I can avoid it,” admitted Reddit user immarlondait. “I can’t seem to hit it consistently and I’m too lazy to bring up the nanab berry to keep it still.”

Sunkern

sunkern in pokemon go
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One Pokemon Go player called Sunkern a “piece of garbage”

The tiny Grass-type Sunkern is another Pokemon that hasn’t proven popular with players, and when compared to some of the most impressive and imposing creatures in the game, it’s not hard to see why.

“I was unlucky enough (in my opinion) to get a four-star Sunkern and I despise the little piece of garbage,” wrote Reddit user hitchicker42, while octropos joked, “that will be pokemon that would end up being eaten.”

Murkrow

Murkrow in Pokemon Go
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Murkrow is another Pokemon that doesn’t have many fans

Murkrow was bitterly reduced to the title of “the annoying bird” by Reddit user extreme39speed.

“I don’t care that I’ll never get its shiny,” they wrote. “I’ll get the delinquent medal platinum some other way. Cause since I got it gold, I steer away from the annoying bird.”

Exeggcute

Exeggcute Pokemon Go
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Exeggutor may be powerful, but Exeggcute doesn’t get much love

Exeggutor may be considered a powerful Pokemon in the game, but for some players, having to catch an Exeggcute and put the work in to evolve it almost isn’t worth the effort.

“Freaking Exeggcute. I hate how big it is and how little its catch circle is,” wrote Reddit user TheRobotYoshi. “I caught just enough to get a good Exeggutor and then I was done catching them forever.”

Gulpin

Gulpin in Pokemon Go
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Gulpin has been called “awful” by some players

The bizarre-looking Gulpin hasn’t received much love from players, with one calling it “so awful” and questioning how it was approved for the game.

“A couple [of] months back that’s all that was spawning for me. Hated. Every. Single. One,” Reddit user HiFraaands wrote. “Even worse I got a Hundo Gulpin. Great.”

Yanma

Yanma in Pokemon Go
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Yanma has been criticized for being too hard to catch

Bug and Flying-type Yanma has been criticized for being hard to catch by Reddit user Crafty_Leo, who wrote: “Yanma can not just stand still. Every time I throw a ball it’s either zooming around the screen or attacking me.”

Nosepass

Nosepass Pokemon Go
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Pokemon fans just don’t seem to like Nosepass

Nosepass has faced negativity from a number of players. Most of them didn’t give a reason, they just don’t like it. And that’s okay.

“My first red seal Pokemon was a Nosepass,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “Like, seriously? Out of all the Pokemon…”

Castform

Castform in Pokemon GO
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Castform has been cast aside by most Pokemon Go players

The Normal-type Castform is certainly a unique looking Pokemon, but that hasn’t won any favors with players, who aren’t quite sure what the point of having them around is.

“I wish they would evolve or something,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “They’re just so… whatever?”

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