The controller pictured above may not be real, but could be a rough idea of what the new Playstation 4 controller will look like, as images were leaked this week and rumored to be a prototype PS4 controller.
While this may not be the final design, what people SHOULD be expecting is some sort of touchpad, and perhaps even a “Move” device incorporated as well, as this is the direction console gaming has trending. The new controller will likely feature a design similar to what PS3 players have come to love in the DualShock 3, but Sony will be looking to take it to the next level and make it the ultimate gaming controller.
It remains to be seen exactly how the “Move” functionality would be incorporated, or if players will be expected to run all over their living room chasing bad guys, but this technology could bring with it some interesting possibilities. Rival Microsoft has been rumored to be incorporating its Kinect functionality into its console, no longer requiring a secondary purchase, and incorporating the technology into many more of its games. If Sony is indeed taking this route as well, the controller will not likely be the main tool for playing “Move” games, but it could add extra functionality to games that wouldn’t normally need any sort of movement to be played. Whether it’s a flick of the wrist to reload a weapon, or turning the controller to access certain spells or abilities, while not necessary, some players may find it useful.
Players who fear change should probably feel comforted by the fact that if this picture has any credibility, there’s not a huge design shakeup from the DualShock to the prototype. If this photo is real, it looks like Sony was looking to keep the same basic design intact, but add a little more functionality as well. The touch pad could be used in menus, maybe as the start/select button (which has mysteriously disappeared) or as a way of accessing your map while saving a button to be used for another action. Again, it’s not something that is necessary, as gamers have come to live without touchpads on their controllers for decades now, but it could add more functionality and freedom for players to configure their controller layouts any way they want.
Finally, there is a button to the left of the touchpad, and while it’s not clear what this is for, rumors suggest it may be a “share” button of some sort. Perhaps for sending a tweet, updating your Facebook status, or sending gameplay videos directly to your YouTube account. Again, this is not something that would be completely necessary for gameplay, but for those that crave this sort of connectivity, it will add another level of functionality from the controller.
Regardless of whether or not the final controller looks like this (remember the “boomerang” controller for PS3?), Sony is likely keeping the feel similar to that of the popular DualShock 3. Every new console comes with tweaks and changes to its controller, but this generation could be particular interesting, as motion gaming has grown into a major focus for both Sony and Microsoft. Stay tuned for all the latest, as the Quest Gaming Network will be covering the next generation of console gaming – in addition to all the Minecraft and Elder Scrolls coverage you know and love -to keep you up-to-date and informed.