This patent on the DualSense controller could change the way we pause our games

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This clever Sony patent could mean the end of annoying keyboard timeouts when tested.

Ever had to drop your controller while playing one of your favorites FPS games to answer the door, only to return to find your character dead on the floor, brutally slain by a hidden enemy? What if there was a way for your controller to pause the game for you by simply putting it down?

That’s what the creators of the “method to detect inactive controller” (opens in new tab) patent hunting. The patent, filed with Sony in 2021 and published on November 3 this year, proposes using a combination of existing motion sensor technology and camera feed information to add a feature to the DualSense wireless controller which would autonomously pause games when the player puts down their PS5 controller.

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