A post on CVG today reports that Sony’s going in a different direction with their controller for their next-gen system. According to two unnamed game developers working on PlayStation 4 games, Sony’s new controller won’t resemble the by-now classic configuration of their Dual Shock line of pads, and will instead move closer to something resembling the PlayStation Vita, but with more bells and whistles than even that feature-packed device already offers.
According to the post, the new controller will “include biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touch screen.” Despite these reports, it’s still probably unlikely that the controller will be a completely new beast: I’d be surprised if it didn’t include two analog sticks, a D-pad, and a relatively familiar face-button layout. But given the trends we’re seeing in video games, it’s entirely possible that Sony will wind up with their own version of the Wii U’s GamePad.
Then there’s also the patent filing that was uncovered in December, but which was filed back in 2011. If you’ll recall, that controller design was more of a cross between the PS Move and the standard Dual Shock design…but doesn’t seem to have any kind of touchscreen or anything else involved. Could this be yet another design that may crop up for Sony’s new system?
If these reports turn out to be true, it raises some questions: what role will the biometric sensors play? And where does that leave the future of PlayStation and Vita connectivity? I’m definitely interested to see what Sony’s got up its sleeve—and the post says that Sony will reveal its new console “in a matter of weeks, not months.”
What do you think? What kinds of features would you want to see in a new Sony controller? For me, as long as they move that left analog stick higher up—more like the Xbox 360 controller—I’ll be happy.