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Sony's Idea For A Future PlayStation Controller Looks Like It Came Straight Out Of Minority Report

In 2034, your PlayStation controller might look like this.


As part of its long-term strategy, Sony briefly showed a concept for a high-tech PlayStation controller in a new promotional video. To detail its Creative Entertainment Vision strategy designed to show what its products could look like a decade from now, the video showed off a controller with a radical redesign compared to the current DualSense model.

"Ten years from now, we will be living in a more multi-layered world where physical and virtual realities overlap without boundaries," Sony said in the video synopsis. "If Sony, as a creative entertainment company, would be filling the world with new Kando--a Japanese word meaning 'emotional involvement' or 'deep impression'-- in that future, what kind of experiential value would we be offering to make that happen? To explore this question, we conducted a prototyping exercise under the concept of Creative Entertainment Vision."

We'll miss you, traditional D-pad.
We'll miss you, traditional D-pad.

This controller still has analog sticks and a familiar shape, but regular face buttons and the D-pad have been replaced entirely by new inputs. There's also a floating screen above the controller--accessed via a fancy virtual- and mixed-reality headset in the video--and gameplay of a character exploring space. Someone at Sony is clearly a big fan of Minority Report.

Of course, this is just a brief snippet of what Sony wants to aim for in the future, and technology like this rolling out on a large scale will likely be a lot more than just a decade away.

Looking toward the more immediate future, it has been reported that Sony is preparing to launch a mid-gen refresh of the PS5, dubbed the PS5 Pro. Recent leaks suggest that it will have a more powerful GPU and a slightly faster CPU mode, and Sony is reportedly asking game developers to create an enhanced- graphics mode in their games so that these titles can have a PS5 Pro "Enhanced" label.

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