The PlayStation 5 not only ushered in the next generation of Sony’s gaming platform, but also introduced a new controller that differs from previous generations in more than just the name. On the one hand, DualSense changed the arrangement from decades to the Japanese version, making it identical to the rest of the world. He also added more sensors and switched to tactile feedback in this iteration. It may also have broken compatibility with some DualShock accessories, explaining why a patent for a rear button accessory for DualSense has just appeared.
The DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment was a stroke of genius. It allowed the addition of two configurable buttons on the back of the gamepad without actually changing the design of the controller itself. In contrast, Microsoft had to launch dedicated Xbox Elite controllers that feature programmable rear paddles for that purpose.
The rear button attachment is designed to be an ergonomic option for players of all types. It was especially useful for those with small hands or physically disabled people who have difficulty reaching the shoulder buttons in comfort. It is definitely something that DualSense should also have and may still have, at least in the near future.
Unfortunately, the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment appears to be incompatible with the latest generation of the PlayStation controller. This is probably why Sony had to apply for a patent for an “Additional controller device with customizable presets” that looks exactly like the DualShock 4 accessory, although it probably has a patent for the latter.
What remains unknown until now is when this add-on will be launched on the market. Hopefully, not as much as Sony took to launch the original. There is also the question of what features this DualSense version may have, although the brief description of the patent does not exactly inspire much hope in this regard.