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Rumor: Sony Integrating Biometrics, Touchscreen in PS4 Controller

January 19, 2013

Sony PS4 Concept

Gamers worldwide have spent the past sixteen years or so fiddling around with what amounts to the same PlayStation controller – that's Sony's DualShock, or the traditional dual-analog stick design that comes with those four, geometrically labeled buttons and four bumpers to squeeze.

Once the PlayStation 4 hits shelves, however, these very gamers might be surprised to find that Sony's done a bit of an upgrade to their traditional controllers.

According to a new report from the UK's Computer and Video Games, or "CVG" for short, new versions of a controller are allegedly being tested for Sony's next console iteration. And these designs are going to be a bit of a departure from the ol' familiar DualShock.

The actual controller itself hasn't been finalized, announced, or even leaked, so we're just reporting on possibilities at this point. However, it's rumored that Sony's working to possibly integrate biometric feedback into its controller. And, to borrow a page from Nintendo's Wii U, Sony might additionally (or separately) slap an LCD touchscreen onto the new version of its controllers – whatever they end up being called.

The biometric bits would come within the grips of the controllers themselves, whereas the LCD touchscreen would likely sit right in the center of the controller.

Additionally, a source leaked to CVG a brief overview of Sony's overall design plans between its on-the-go, handheld gaming devices like the PlayStation Vita and its new home console.

According to said undisclosed source, Sony's attempting to, "emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita" with its new console. That suggests a tighter integration between the two platforms, and a touchscreen built directly into the PS4's controller would be a natural extension for allowing gamers to have a better, shared experience between their handhelds and their consoles.

There's still no hint as to what Sony's eventual controller might look like, but it's not as if the company has been completely adverse to changing up the look and feel of the traditional PlayStation DualShock look. Unfortunately, this hasn't always gone well: Remember Sony's poorly received "boomerang" controller design for the PlayStation 3? Depending on public feedback – and in that case, it wasn't pretty – we might very well see some unique mix of a DualShock and a touchscreen panel come the PS4's eventual reveal...




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