PS4 prototype controller revealed?

[UPDATE] Leaked image shows off controller with front-facing touchpad for rumored next-generation platform; image believed to be prototype.

[UPDATE] A "trusted source" has confirmed to IGN that the leaked PlayStation 4 controller image is indeed real, but is only a prototype. The final design could change.

The original story follows below

Sony will reveal the future of the PlayStation brand at a New York City event next Wednesday, but one of the company's surprises may have just leaked. Destructoid has obtained an image of what is rumored to be the PlayStation 4's new touch-screen-equipped controller.

The image matches up with previous reports, which suggested the PS4 controller would be similar in shape to the DualShock and include a front-facing touch screen. The rumored controller also does not have Start, Select, or Share buttons on its face, matching up with a past report that these buttons had been shifted or removed.

The controller in question also features some sort of illuminated light on its top as well as audio output functionality, similar to the Wii. The pad is plugged into what looks like a development kit, though this is unclear.

A Sony representative declined to comment.

Sony is holding a New York City media event next week where the company is widely expected to announce the PlayStation 4. GameSpot will be in attendance, and the event will be live-streamed.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

1172 comments
megakick
megakick

The controller looks dumb and will probably cost $100+.

The contoller has a laptop touch pad when will SONY be a video game forerunner?

mrklorox
mrklorox

Big sadness. So much for the dream of detaching the crosshair/aim from the viewport/center of the screen. The Oculus Rift is going to have a bit more trouble gaining a foothold now. Looks like shooters will play exactly like they have been throughout the entire previous console generation (and like PC games since 1996). Sony will obviously never get the principles behind motion trackable controls correct now that they royally fucked up twice in a row (Move and Dualshock4).

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

I hate the touch screen trend why does it have to go into everything now to call something futuristic? Touch screens are like 15 year old tech that just showed up again in phones and became popular.

BattyOnBench
BattyOnBench

I'm pretty sure that is the Playstation 4 behind the controller

udmatador
udmatador

it better change.  that hamburger is uglier than sin and wonkier than an oval wheel.  TBH sony has always provided us with wonkiness.  yeah, system and games work and it has some awesome titles but the OS and the constant 1 hr isntalls and updates are abhorable and hardly improved the loading times.  believe me im a ps3 fan over xbox any day of the week but the ps3's community is a joke and it's not the players its the wonky interface.  if i want to play a game online, i'll use my PC, and if its console only i buy for xbox.


im really hoping sony remedies it's rectal-cranial disorder and does the online thing right this time.  take a hint from M$, sony.  because you're doing it wrong.


it took 40 minutes to download a 65MB update for the new metal gear....seriously...wonky as eff!

knixxx
knixxx

Just make the PS controller bigger! Some of us have big hands which envelope the smaller PS3 controller. 

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

If this is indeed the official controller then my dream is crushed. i'll buy the next Xbox.

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

I hope it's a prototype because it's the clunkiest damned thing I've ever seen. It's also a very small, odd-shaped touchscreen. But I'd have to see what they have in mind for its use before I could make any final judgment.

freakyrogue
freakyrogue

Sony has already lost the console battle, have both ps3 & vita...both suck ass! Xbox will eat Sony alive long time!

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I wonder if the light on the top is a move type light. Instead of using orbs where their console measures the diameter of the orb to determine the distance, they could use a rectangle and the distance can be computed by size as well as the angle of the controller by the change in LxW measurements.  With that in mind, it means the PS4 will coem with a camera similar to the move cam or eyetoy but designed more for this measurement function. .. possibly

OB_Shah
OB_Shah

The Controller looks great to me dont see the point of all the people Bitching and nagging its just like alway but a bit better, the new analog seems great its shaped convex this time not concave now our tumb could rest properly and wont slip off its a bit wider thats good too coz if your controller is a bit wider you will be in a Anti R.S.I postion and its just a prototype right now dont see the point in crying

Atrax2k8
Atrax2k8

Consoles are really trying to be "all in one" products.

But, so do TVs, smartphones and PCs.

And that's where things fail. One device trying to be many things instead of perfecting one aspect they were designed for in the first place.

Do I really need my console to be able to browse internet/movies/music/pictures, while I have that on my phone,pad,tv and pc? It would be fine if it didn't try to achieve that at the cost of quality gaming.

Ten years ago I bought a console, because it was a kickass gaming experience PC could not surpass in some games.

These days, I seriously see no point of buying one...



PhilipO45
PhilipO45

Both Sony and MS just won't let go of the touch screen/Move and Kinect gimmicks. 

MS's new console is even pushing for Kinect 2.0 and allocating some of it's 8GB of Ram dedicated towards it..as well as possible cpu features.

And Sony won't let it's touch screen obseession go as well.

 How about a pure gaming console only, from both consoles? Is this possible, like it used to be?

 I can see the idea of uploading game footage online, but this entire 'media box' attitude is also driving me insane, from both companies.

 Just give me a gamers console, with stable and solid online features, because THAT is what sells the games. Casuals will buy gimmicks, but very few games with a new console, while hard core gamers, buy alot more games.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't think I've ever felt physically sick at the sight of a controller before. Thanks Sony for ticking that experience off of my list. I REALLY hope that is just a prototype because if it isn't Sony have just lost the lead in which console I am going to buy before I've even seen anything of the new xbox. Fucking revolting, also how can they keep bringing out a controller which is EXACTLY the same as the previous except for extras like accelerometers. At least xbox moved some buttons around last time.

montake
montake

The touchscreen on the controller is not as big as I hoped it would be. I hope they end up making it slightly bigger.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Even if it's just the prototype, still better than that boomerang controller from the early ps3 days. lol 

silvergol
silvergol

That´s not OUYA OR VALVE BOX CONTROL?!.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

it looks a bit bulkier, like it. I also like the new shape of the analog sticks and the d-pad. Hope Sony will fix the L2/R2 buttons because in my opinion those buttons on Dualshock 3 is awful, both for shooter and driving game.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

oh god that looks horrible. thank god its just a prototype. it seems unnecesary

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

I hope the touchscreen is like the one on my Harmony One remote. It's single purpose is to provide expanded functionality in the form of contextual buttons.

For instance, the primary display for the PS4 controller could be the start and select buttons. As you enter a game the start button (for pause) could get smaller and move to the corner and a few other buttons relating to the game could take the main space. When you start a movie the screen changes to Start, Rewind, FastForward buttons. I think that would be MUCH more useful than having your map or weapon/item list or other HUD functionality on the controller. Looking down can mean the difference between success and failure in some games.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

I hope the touchscreen is like my Harmony One remote. It's single purpose is to provide expanded functionality in the form of contextual buttons.

For instance, the primary display for the PS4 controller could be the start and select buttons. As you enter a game the start button (for pause) could get smaller and move to the corner and a few other buttons relating to the game could take the main space. When you start a movie the screen changes to Start, Rewind, FastForward buttons. I think that would be MUCH more useful than having your map or weapon/item list or other HUD functionality on the controller. Looking down can mean the difference between success and failure in some games.

sieg6529
sieg6529

After having used the controllers of the NES, SNES, N64, DC, PS1-3, etc., I can honestly say the best design is the keyboard+mouse.

hehe101
hehe101

As an non delusional xbox player, I will say this controller looks perfect for hardcore gaming not like the wii U trash. Just need to wait for the consoles to choose if i'll be switching to sony!

chyng85
chyng85

I'll support it anyway~

albinopig
albinopig

@Whitescarver No it isn't like the Wii U features and it definitely isn't more than a status window (or something similar). Why? Because the damn screen is to small! It's not big enough to actually bring much onto the screen. I really hope this isn't the PS4 controller because I love the Dualshock to much. I have a Wii U and it's fantastic, but when I play a Playstation I want it to not have half assed Wii U functionality. If they're going for the "touch screen offers menus, alternate views of the game, etc.", they should have gone all out and made a similar controller to the Wii U Gamepad.

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

It looks good, very comfortable. A real hardcore console controller, perfect size. No need for a gimmicky big screen on a big ugly controller, i look at my big HDTV instead xD

livelysins96
livelysins96

I like the idea but maybe slim it down a bit. I also think that since current gen consoles have been around for 8 years people will bash any new or different ideas.

tduhon07
tduhon07

Looks a lot more ergonomic, like the 360 controller.

yaba
yaba

Blah, blah, blah, (insert hateful comment).

Imatyta
Imatyta

It might be pretty cool to aim with the controller and do rest of the stuff with the buttons. I do own the Sharpshooter which is pretty asmazing, but it would be still cool to do the same with the controller. It wont feel the same as holding the gun, but still a cool addition.

dre256x
dre256x

So its basically a dual shock with the ps move built in... Cool, but nothing to get giddy over..  So where is the users now that was calling "motion control" a fad and it will die out.. I guess what better way the force a fad unto its users than making it part of the controller (hint Wii).. 

ps4please
ps4please

What's the function of the touchscreen?

mrklorox
mrklorox

@abcdefgabcdefgz The shitty part is that it's not even a screen. Instead it's just a stupid multitouch trackpad that can mostly only be used to move something relative to its starting position; just like a thumbstick. That splittable hybrid Move/Dualshock controller patent that surfaced a few weeks ago could have done just about everything this stupid trackpad will be able to do functionally, plus tons more. I don't know if I should blame Sony for incompetence or the stubborn fanboy gamers on the internet who shun anything different or sufficiently advanced.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@BattyOnBench  

You could be right, though the casing may well be just generic encapsulation - design-wise it just doesn't strike me as 'sexy' enough to excite the typical gamer.

Mr_Q_Oz
Mr_Q_Oz

@udmatador OMG the updates are beyond a joke. One reason my Xbox gets more playtime is that I switch to it while waiting for the PS3 to update whatever game I actually sat down to play.

brouzeau
brouzeau

@Armyboy5 what's wrong with the controller? I am a current Xbox 360 owner and don't have any experience with the PS3 controller.

udmatador
udmatador

@freakyrogue  

you're wrong.  sony just has a terrible interface when it comes to connecting gamers.  if they do it right this time it will be a  much closer battle than you think.  

knixxx
knixxx

@freakyrogue :You may want to look at the numbers. Consoles sold since they came out, Microsoft's last quarter finantials, etc. Or maybe you don't care about all those (facts) and are just bitter for plopping down $$$ on the wrong console. 

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@Atrax2k8 I agree they get carried away with trying to be the future and lose sight of the point of what this thing is really for.

WarGod667
WarGod667

@PhilipO45 i agree, i want a gaming console for gaming, i dont want a media machine, and i don't want touch screens for gaming or some move/kinect motion hand-waving idiocy :( touch on a controller is just insane, having to take ur eyes off screen to press a virtual button on ur controller :/ just no

OB_Shah
OB_Shah

You got some mental issues bro frist you nag about changing the controller and then you bitch about being the same for 3 gen ?

rann89
rann89

@tduhon07 If by ergonomic, you mean fatter, then yeah. Otherwise it hasn't changed.

udmatador
udmatador

@brouzeau 

 the controller looks like it comes with fries and a drink.  that's what.

 

ronnet
ronnet

@rann89 @tduhon07 Fatter as in more rounded design which changes it entirely.

of course it stil looks like a controller, compleetly changing the design to look like, lets say, a boomerang would be stupid.

It does look like Sony looked at the X360 controller and applied its better design choices. Luckily they didnt add the bad parts so this looks like a controller that I could use.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@ronnet That's like saying Microsoft looked at the Dreamcast controller before they made the 360 controller... That one had round edges too. -.-

Wasn't Sony the first one with dual analog sticks?