Sony patent points to possible PS5 DualSense back button attachment

Dualsense Thumbstick
Dualsense Thumbstick (Image credit: Jennifer Locke / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Sony released a Back Button attachment for the DualShock 4 in 2020.
  • A patent filing indicates Sony is working on something similar for the PS5 DualSense controller.
  • This would add two remappable buttons to the back of the DualSense.

Sony released the DualShock 4 Back Button attachment last year, giving players the easy ability to expand their DualShock 4 controllers with some comfortable paddle-like buttons for a very low price. Now, it looks like that option could soon come to the DualSense controller.

A patent filing first spotted by IGN indicates Sony is looking into providing a similar Back Button attachment for the DualSense. The patent was filed back on February 4, so it's quite recent. You can see the diagram provided in the patent below:

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment / World Intellectual Property Organization (Image credit: Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment / World Intellectual Property Organization)

The diagram clearly matches the shape and ports of the DualSense controller. The description of the patent confirms that the device would allow players to remap different buttons in a similar fashion to the existing Back Button attachment.

We'll keep an eye out for any official announcements on some kind of attachment being produced later this year. The DualSense is widely considered a huge leap over the DualShock 4, with new features for the DualSense like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that completely change how it feels to play a game.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on PlayStation on Android Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert

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  • I never understood these, until I started playing a lot of Destiny 2. Having to press/hold down the left stick to sprint was always problematic. I put one of the Dualshock4 ones on my controller. I mapped the left trigger to 'L3', and the right trigger to 'X'. It took a bit to get used to, but now I can't play without it. Sprinting is easier, and I can jump while also changing my look direction.
    The only thing I don't like is that it's tough to swap it to different controllers once it's installed, and it doesn't work with my charger stand, it gets in the way. So I'm going to get a second one, and ditch the charger stand, lol.