Sony may be working on a version of its Back Button Attachment for the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller, according to a patent filing published earlier this month. The filing, spotted by IGN, shows off an accessory identical in appearance to the existing DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment, describing the product as an add-on with buttons that “may be mapped to controller buttons using customized button mapping pre-sets.”
The Back Button Attachment, announced in late 2019, is Sony’s low-cost alternative to a proper pro controller. It costs just $30 and adds programmable buttons to the underside of the DualShock 4 that let you remap crucial functions reserved for, say, the X or O buttons. In turn, this lets you trigger the associated in-game actions without removing your thumbs on the joystick. In a smart move, Sony opted for smooth grip-like buttons that don’t float off the controller unlike the more popular floating paddle design, which meant they’re less prone to snapping off.
Extra programmable buttons can provide a noticeable advantage when playing high-stakes competitive games. Prior to the Back Button Attachment, PlayStation fans had to rely on third-party manufacturers like Scuf for programmable back paddles and other pro controller features like customizable thumbsticks.
Although some fans may have wanted the PS5 controller to ship with removable back paddles, Sony didn’t end up doing that when the DualSense was unveiled last year and launched with the new console in November. And due to the shape of the device, the existing Back Button Attachment does not work on it.
So it stands to reason Sony would develop an upgraded version for the DualSense, but it’s anyone’s guess when we might see that translate from a patent filing into a real consumer product.