Oppo has a mobile gaming controller which is the earphone storage compartment in the pipeline. An old patent was sent back in September 2019 for this device with a CN112451961A filing number, and the image in the patent appears with an Xbox style controller with a phone mount at the top and two slots at the bottom. The patent was reportedly published in March this year. However, Oppo has not yet shared any information for this and it is unclear whether this mobile game controller will ever see the light of day.
The patent titled “Game Controller” has been published by Oppo Guangdong Mobile Communications, as reported by ITHome. It shows a controller consisting of two analog sticks, a D-pad, and four or five buttons. Analog rods are miss-aligned, just like Xbox controllers. At the top, a phone mount is attached that will allow the user to still use the USB port and headphone jack on their phone, if there is one, while gaming with a controller. Some controllers are attached on either side of the phone, effectively blocking the USB port and the headphone jack.
Reportedly, there is also a housing to accommodate the earphones. This states that when not in use, earphones can be stored in the controller for easy access when needed. The slots at the bottom, as seen in the image, look similar to real wireless stereo earphones, but it is unclear how exactly this will work. Additionally, at the top of the controller is a central button that can only be a representation for the power button. Both Xbox and PlayStation controllers have equally located power buttons.
So far, Oppo has not shared any information on the mobile game controller. We will have to wait for the company to share more information on the controller as details like compatibility, usability, and functionality will be pure guesses at this point.
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