Rumor: Prototype PS4 controller revealed

Multiple sources are claiming that a leaked image of a PS4 controller is real. An analysis reveals plenty of new features in what could be Sony's next controller.

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Destructoid has just posted a picture of a controller that could be a prototype for the next PlayStation system, to be revealed next week. Although Dale North notes that he "kind of [hopes] that this is fake," Kotaku boldly claims that it is a real prototype, citing an "industry source familiar with the new system." IGN also says that the controller "is real." While the design will undoubtedly change when moving to a production model, this prototype reflects many of the rumors that have been circulating, namely a touch screen of sorts housed in the center of the controller. Others have chimed in on the leaked design, such as PS3Nation who notes that the prototype is still hiding "a pretty big addition." Others, like the community at NeoGAF, have begun to analyze the small details of the leaked pic. The community's Beermeister spotted what could be a headphone jack at the bottom of the controller, as well as built-in speakers. Curiously, could the glowing light at the top of the controller be used similarly to PlayStation Move? If anything, this controller raises more questions than answers. All eyes will be watching come February 20th.

Image credit: Beermeister (via NeoGAF)

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    February 14, 2013 12:56 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Rumor: Prototype PS4 controller revealed.

    Multiple sources are claiming that a leaked image of a PS4 controller is real. An analysis reveals plenty of new features in what could be Sony's next controller.

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      February 14, 2013 1:18 PM

      One word - Ugly

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      February 14, 2013 1:20 PM

      Hey, I just thought of another word - Ugly

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        February 14, 2013 1:20 PM

        Thats the same word

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          February 14, 2013 1:26 PM

          Yeah, you're right. Let's just hope Sony busts out a Sexy Jutsu next Wednesday. PS - Andrew Yoon is the man. Thanks for the post.

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        February 14, 2013 3:19 PM

        Leave me out of this

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      February 14, 2013 1:21 PM

      Not sure what the blue'ish thing on the top of it is, but I kind of like it. I like that it maintains the current DS3 shape, it's basically the same controller i've been using since 1994.

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      February 14, 2013 1:23 PM

      It looks like a kludgy prototype. I can imagine a sleeker one with a little trackpad built into it. That would make web browsing with a console controller slightly less the-worst-thing-ever.

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        February 14, 2013 1:29 PM

        browsing with the Wii U controller is actually pretty great but I suppose that's what happens when you turn a tablet into a controller.

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      February 14, 2013 1:29 PM

      Eh, looks reasonable for a prototype. Though I'm not sure a touch surface in that area is very usable.

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      February 14, 2013 1:31 PM

      That looks chunky the same way the prototype dev kit PS3 controllers were. I could believe that that's a functional prototype with multiple pc boards, and the final version will have them all integrated and be a bit smaller.
      As usual, the worst thing about PSn controllers is that they are so tiny for my bighands.

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      February 14, 2013 2:16 PM

      ugggggggggggggh touch

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      February 14, 2013 2:18 PM

      looks fine to me. i can adapt to any controller because i am superhuman (or just old and don't give a fuck and want to play some gaymez)

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      February 14, 2013 3:12 PM

      The only important question is: Are the trigger buttons still shitty?

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        February 14, 2013 5:24 PM

        oh god this! I can't stand the trigger buttons on the ps3 controller/

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      February 14, 2013 5:56 PM

      I'm still not sure if I'll like this whole 'put a screen on the controller' thing going on now. However, I will admit I haven't tried playing one yet.

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      February 14, 2013 7:47 PM

      It doesn't really matter what it looks like as long as it is a comfortable controller to use. If you can play the games you wand with it does it really matter? I think the touch pad is probably going to show up on more controllers this generation besides the Wii U the Ouya controller has a setup like that also.

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      February 14, 2013 11:19 PM

      Um.. it looked pimp controller to me. I hope the Sony better not get an epic fail because of this. :/

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      February 15, 2013 1:27 AM

      Oh god, let's hope that is fake and they move away from the dual shock design. Fuck!

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        February 15, 2013 2:48 AM

        I kinda like the dual shock design. What would you prefer?

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          February 15, 2013 5:07 AM

          I thought I did too, back in the PS2 days. But I want slightly bigger grips, and I much prefer the left joystick to be where they put the D-pad. I guess they fixed two of the shoulder buttons to have longer travel for analog stuff with the PS3, but that was terrible on the PS2. It's just not comfortable to hold, at all.

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        February 15, 2013 4:31 AM

        The design that's been working for them for what, 15 years? I don't think it's going anywhere.

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        February 15, 2013 5:28 AM

        It looks like it has bigger handles which is what most people complain about.

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          February 15, 2013 6:08 AM

          That's probably the biggest issue with it, indeed. So that would help a lot!

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        February 15, 2013 6:03 AM

        What the fuck, no. The dual shock design is perfect. Get your mutated spaceclaws away from my controllers.

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          February 15, 2013 6:09 AM

          You can have them! I sure don't want them. :p

          But if Last Guardian is indeed a PS4 launch title and they go with the dual shock design I'll just have to wait with buying until I can find controllers I like. Unless PS3 controllers will work (where there's already good third party ones).

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      February 15, 2013 2:56 AM

      I'm disappointed its not a breakaway split design but other than that looks ok.

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      February 15, 2013 4:36 AM

      I think it's neat. Reminds me of batman for some reason

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      February 15, 2013 5:29 AM

      Fake or not, they better move the left analogue stick or i will be most displeased.

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      February 15, 2013 7:39 AM

      I really don't want a touch pad in the controller. It'll just be used for crap like "swipe the touch pad to dodge left and right" or "swipe vertically to throw a grenade". That sort of thing generally only detracts from the gameplay.

      The touch pad will be like the motion sensors in the PS3 controller - every time it's used it makes things worse. It would be better if the touch pad wasn't there at all so developers don't feel they have to use it.

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      February 15, 2013 11:46 AM

      Why can't they make trigger buttons that are shaped like, well I don't know, triggers?