Rumor: Could This Possibly be the PlayStation 4 Controller?

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Rumor: Could This Possibly be the PlayStation 4 Controller?

Let's break down this rumored PS4 controller image piece by piece.

It seems like everyone in the gaming world - aside from Microsoft, of course - is anticipating that Sony will reveal the PlayStation 4 at its event on February 20. According to several rumors across the web, the PS4's controller has undergone a bit of a redesign, adding a touchpad to the center of the device. Now we have an image of what everyone seems to be talking about, but is it legit?

The image has been popping up here and there on social networks and other websites for a little while now, and appears to show a PlayStation controller plugged into what may well be a development kit. It's unclear exactly where the image originated, and several reverse image searches bring up no results as to where it was first posted.

The controller in the photo certainly looks like a PlayStation controller after having undergone a bit of plastic surgery to include a front touchpad (or touchscreen, it's difficult to tell from the image), a speaker, and a PS Move-esque top light bar. This device manages to fit in with just about every rumor we've heard about the new controller thus far, and the fact that the PS4 has been said to come bundled with a camera would lend some weight to the inclusion of a lighted motion control bar on the controller itself.

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On the downside, the device looks a bit bulky, and certainly would appear to be larger than any standard PlayStation controller before it. Also, the half-concave, half-convex thumb sticks are something we've never seen before, and without holding the device, it's hard to tell if they'd be comfortable or not.

Again, we have no way to verify the legitimacy of the image, but if it does turn out to be merely a hoax, color me impressed with how well the hoaxer managed to replicate every rumored feature. Of course, there's also the possibility that this is merely an early prototype of how the final device will end up. What do you think? Does this seem like something you'd expect to see from Sony?

Via Destructoid

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WiiU Ripoff! That thing is Ripping off the WiiU! Look at it! It has a SCREEN in the CENTER OF IT! RIPOFF!!!

In all seriousness, if that is the Controller, then that's kind of cool. Certainly an improvement to the standard controller (Not a fan of the PS-PS3 Controller).

Dat Analog sticks... Like the inwards.

Remember when technology was focused on making things smaller and, more importantly, lighter? I miss those days...

Definitely could be a prototype. Stick shape is indeed questionable. At least overall it's not much different from dualshocks.

PLEASE PLEASE SONY don't put a freaking touch screen on the controller, remember what happened when you put sixaxis on the ps3 controller? it didn't work so no one used it

built for power/durability over functionality and style? That's Sony alright.

I hope not because of the high D-pad.

Now I really don't think it makes any difference at all if the analogue stick is high or low, it makes no difference to the ability of the thumb to manipulate he thumbstick.

The important thing with a low D-pad is that EITHER the right or left thumb can reach the D-pad.

This is really damn useful for games that used the d-pad for a quick-select inventory, then you can for example continue moving forwards or dodging using left-thumb while right thumb gets something from inventory. And I think this is an important thing as the curse of 2-weapon-limit is with us because of developers not finding ways to have an easy to manage inventory but the 8-direction D-pad easily offers that.

Not sure about touchpad. Always thought it a console controller were to have one it would be better placed underneath and save the space on top.

On the downside, the device looks a bit bulky, and certainly would appear to be larger than any standard PlayStation controller before it.

I think apart from small children with tiny hands this is a positive.

And overall it's far easier to hold something that is a bit larger than ideal than a bit smaller than ideal.

... that's what she said.

Interesting, I can only guess from the image, but it looks to be around the same size as a 360 controller. Im intregiued. But as interesting as it may be, I doubt its going to be replacing the dualshock.

I hope no one starts loosing their shit over the fear of there not being a standard dual shock for the PS4, that would just be silly...

At least it's bigger than the PS3 controller. That was a big gripe of mine, that it was designer for dainty, small hands.

What's the point of such a tiny touch screen?

God... I hate touch screens :(

Looks to be a wired controller, so I'd say early prototype.

Also, they should switch the left stick and d-pad.

What makes me doubt the officialness of this design?

It's clearly a fixed wired controller. It's not attached by mini USB, that's a clear dura-cord and I don't see them going anything other than wireless with the only wired option being connect via USB.

This clearly points to prototype design implementation.

Maybe there is a reprieve for low-position D-pad.

Fappy:
What's the point of such a tiny touch screen?

God... I hate touch screens :(

The point is "Nintendo's doing it, so we're doing it".

If it's going to have the exact same button layout, it literally makes no sense to actually design a new controller. So, either they are that stupid, or this isn't the new controller.

Baresark:
If it's going to have the exact same button layout, it literally makes no sense to actually design a new controller. So, either they are that stupid, or this isn't the new controller.

They've redesigned the controller three times already with the same button layout... The DualShock 2, Sixaxis, Dualshock 3. This one would add a light bar for Move and a touchpad. I'm not suggesting it makes sense, but history tends to suggest that every new console from Sony has a new controller, all with the exact same buttons...

The box its plugged into doesn't appear the same as any of the images of the various "Orbis" dev kits. Obviously that does not mean all that much, images of every iteration of the dev kits have not been leaked and none of the ones that are about have not been confirmed.

People are so good at making fakes of consoles and controllers its so damn hard to tell the difference.

At first I thought you were being sarcastic, when I saw the thumbnail image. "Holy shit, it looks exactly the same like all the other ones!?" XD

They really don't change much though. It might be better if it's bigger. I hated the controller for PS3. X360 is still the best one I've held, because it didn't feel really weird to use it or like you would accidentally break it (PS3).

Well at least they didn't deviate too much. I was expecting a full-blown wii-u clone. This is at least acceptable. The analog sticks and buttons just seem too close, though.

Whats the price on that? Motion controll and touch screen? In no way would I take one of those to a friends house.

And the touchscreen looks so small that I doubt that it will be usefull at all.

Still, its all just rumors and I think its best to wait for the official announcement. I dont dislike this design (I am curious about the sticks) but the amount of gimmicks could increase the price of something that is already expensive as it is.

I don't think they can do any new design which I'll like. It has to be the dual shock style model or it's just not the ps pad...but this is the nostalgia of someone who grew up with his psx talking.

And no, the triggers being different with the sixaxis and it having motion controls doesn't count as a "redesign", it had new functions it could do but it looked and, most importantly, FELT identical to the previous dual shock controllers when you held it in your hands, this new one most definitely will not feel the same.

I worry about the D-pad the most, it doesn't look like those of the past dual shock controllers. The buttons seem bigger and there's less space between them. As for the design of the analogues, it seems alright I guess. It may make pressing them in a bit easier.

I don't think it's sleek enough looking to be official, Sony always got that right (and people are right about it looking wired). But I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't far off

I don't like the D-pad but maybe it plays better closer together

What happened to the "start" and "select" buttons? Did they replace that with the touch screen?...Oh god, why would any one do that O.o

If it's a legit photo, this is an early prototype with all the features they're looking to add. I'm thinking as development continues the controller will shrink back down to current dualshock size. On the possible center touchscreen, I really hate any input without any sensory feedback. If I have to look at it to know what I'm touching, what's the point?

mad825:
What happened to the "start" and "select" buttons? Did they replace that with the touch screen?...Oh god, why would any one do that O.o

I think it's been confirmed (rumoured?) that that's going to happen, with a Vita esque touch screen in place. I could believe it, it shouldn't be too annoying, although I don't see what anyone could do with it over than 2 buttons. It's not a good place to be swiping fingers

Mr.Mattress:
WiiU Ripoff! That thing is Ripping off the WiiU! Look at it! It has a SCREEN in the CENTER OF IT! RIPOFF!!!

In all seriousness, if that is the Controller, then that's kind of cool. Certainly an improvement to the standard controller (Not a fan of the PS-PS3 Controller).

Interesting. My first thought of the touchpad was that it was ripping off the OUYA

Hey, why not? Wii came out, & the PS3 suddenly had the DualShake

We have to remember that even if this is a legitimate PS4 controller prototype, we have no way of knowing how close this is to what we are actually going to get. Yes, the PS4 will probably be announced in less than a week, but we have no way of knowing how old this controller is, and even if it's the design we see at the announcement next week, it's not unheard of for controller designs to change post announcement (it happened with the PS3).

Still, I'm not a fan of the touch screen. It seems way too small to have any real use in games. It seems to serve no real purpose other than allowing Sony to say "hey guys look we have this too!" like with sixaxis.

The only good thing i can say about it if it is real is that i like the increased size of the area where you hold it. If the damn thing isnt super heavy then yay Sony are making a controller which actually fits nicely in my hands like the xbox one does.

Lvl 64 Klutz:
Remember when technology was focused on making things smaller and, more importantly, lighter? I miss those days...

I don't like superlight controllers. My friend has a PS3 controller without Dualshock, it feels far too light, it's just off. It makes me feel like I'll snap it half if I get a little overexcited, like a crappy third-party job.

The only thing that might bother me a touch about this is that your hands will be a bit far apart, but I doubt that would take much getting used to.

lots of xbox controller fans here, because i actually really like the DS layout, size, and weight. can't stand the bulkiness an xbox controller.

leave the analog sticks where they are, keep the DS size and weight if possible. hopefully it still has a start and select button too.

of course, who knows if this is an actual dev kit controller.

you guys do realize that a lighter controller means less stress on the hands/wrist holding it? if anything they should add places for removable weights, like some specialty mice and controllers do.

If that's a touchpad, it looks tiny. Like someone took a Rizla and stuck it on the top of the controller. If they're going with a touchpad for this controller, I really hope they re-size it and move it down a bit. No-one's going to want to stretch their thumbs all that way from the analogue sticks for a touchpad that small.

The bigger the better please! I always lose the PS3 controller in my massive hands. I've yet to use a controller as comfortable as the Xbox 360's pad.

As for touch screens and other bullshit innovative interfaces... no Sony, just no.

Shamelessly ripping off Nintendo? Seems like current Sony to me.

If this turns out to be true, I wonder what the screen is for. It's too small to be used the same way as the Wii U's controller. I hope they didn't just add it because Nintendo did it and it serves actually some purpose.

Looks like a real image but probably one of a prototype to me.

That said, it looks fine to me. I still prefer the Xbox analog stick locations, but I don't really see anything wrong with that controller at all. (despite my long abandoned hope that 6 face buttons would become a standard again at some time a la the Saturn controller)

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