Another PS4 controller image leaks, shows headphone jack

We are just five days away from Sony's press event in New York City where it is almost certain that the company will officially reveal plans for its next Playstation game console. Earlier this week, an image of an early PS4 controller prototype was posted on the Internet alongside what is likely to be the current PS4 hardware SDK case.

Today, a second Internet leak gives us a different angle on that same PS4 controller. The image, which was posted on the GameTrailers.com forum, shows that the gamepad has what looks like a headphone jack that's placed in the middle and on the bottom of the controller.

Otherwise, the image appears to confirm what was leaked in the previous photo, including the small screen that's been placed in the middle of the PS4 gamepad that might be a touchpad. The design still follows some of the themes in the previous Dual Shock controllers that Sony has offered with the current and previous Playstation consoles.

Keep in mind that even if this controller is indeed included with the real PS4 hardware SDK, it may just be a prototype and that changes could occur before the final product is launched to the public (anyone remember that boomerang controller for the PS3 reveal in 2005)?

Source: GameTrailers.com | Image via "SquishyMuffin"

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Not sure I like the idea of a front touchpad/screen on the controller, bit too gimmickly & not useful. Rear touchpad can be a nice addition though, I've only used a VITA for a few minutes but it's a really nice control method that complements the traditional input methods.

Also - Don't people use both joysticks in shooters? I really don't understand your logic in complaining the LEFT stick is in the wrong place, surely both, or neither, are!

Probably couldn't go amiss for sony to make some aspects of the controller a little bit bigger for people with massive hands, I'm comfortable with it as is, but so long as they don't go to xbox gigantic proportions a little size boost wouldn't be a problem =)

Theres more to the controller then meets the eye there is something hidden in the middle or is going to be ad ded in the future as i dont see the start or select button

What I'd like to see is improvement to the triggers. At least make them shaped like those covers you can put on them to make them easier to hit. I also wonder if the four main buttons will still be analog even though pretty much nothing uses their pressure sensitivity.

I like it, it doesn't seem to try to get too far away from what for years has been a pretty nice controller.

LaXu said,
What I'd like to see is improvement to the triggers. At least make them shaped like those covers you can put on them to make them easier to hit. I also wonder if the four main buttons will still be analog even though pretty much nothing uses their pressure sensitivity.

I like it, it doesn't seem to try to get too far away from what for years has been a pretty nice controller.


Gran Turismo uses it for one. And that game alone is reason enough for Sony to keep using pressure sensitive buttons
Maybe digital now, but pressure sensitive buttons remain, it was a selling feature of the PS2 and PS3 vs the xbox which still does not have such functionality. (the candy buttons are also harder to control your pressing force with anyways)

I love the design, to all the people that say the analogs are not properly placed, please go back to xbox and enjoy your FPS, I pretty much enjoy the layout as it is and now seems to be even more ergonomic.

I agree, I don't know who thinks a primary control (analog stick) should go out of the primary range of your thumb. To use an xbox 360 controller, you need to reach way up constantly to reach the left analog stick. To me, the 360 controller appears designed to use the D-Pad more than the analog stick.

Invizibleyez said,
I agree, I don't know who thinks a primary control (analog stick) should go out of the primary range of your thumb. To use an xbox 360 controller, you need to reach way up constantly to reach the left analog stick. To me, the 360 controller appears designed to use the D-Pad more than the analog stick.

Uhh.... no? That's not even close the case at all, unless you have the hands of a 5 year old.

Invizibleyez said,
To use an xbox 360 controller, you need to reach way up constantly to reach the left analog stick.

You clearly haven't used it or you have tiny tiny hands.

Actually, I own a PS3 and I happen to have very large hands. I have never once had any discomfort with the PS controllers. I find them laid out very well, and quite comfortable to use. The PS Vita on the other hand.... that is just maddening to hold

Invizibleyez said,
Actually, I own a PS3 and I happen to have very large hands. I have never once had any discomfort with the PS controllers. I find them laid out very well, and quite comfortable to use. The PS Vita on the other hand.... that is just maddening to hold

I own both. You're likely just used to one over the other because with the 360 controller "reach way up constantly to reach the left analog stick" isn't true in the slightest, that's where the left hand naturally sits, for the right hand I want the main controllers on the same level as the movement, which they are.

Invizibleyez said,
I agree, I don't know who thinks a primary control (analog stick) should go out of the primary range of your thumb. To use an xbox 360 controller, you need to reach way up constantly to reach the left analog stick. To me, the 360 controller appears designed to use the D-Pad more than the analog stick.

What?? The analogue stick on the 360 is in the primary position for your thumb. On the PS3 controller, because it's based on a 20 year old design with bits just randomly stuck on over the years, the D-Pad still takes priority placement. This isn't even debatable! Look at the origial PS1 controller, the D-Pad takes priority as it;s the only directional input on the controller. For the PS2 Sony just stuck analogues in an awkward place and kept the D-Pad in the exact same priority placement, making the analogues feel second glass, like an afterthought.

It's not the 1990's anymore. For FPS and the vast majority of moden games the 360 controller and it's analogue placement makes far more sense. And i've had a PS3 and every Playstation since release, but the 360 controller is just plain better and makes sense in this day and age.

Edited by 1Pixel, Feb 15 2013, 11:37pm :

1Pixel said,

What?? The analogue stick on the 360 is in the primary position for your thumb. On the PS3 controller, because it's based on a 20 year old design with bits just randomly stuck on over the years, the D-Pad still takes priority placement. This isn't even debatable! Look at the origial PS1 controller, the D-Pad takes priority as it;s the only directional input on the controller. For the PS2 Sony just stuck analogues in an awkward place and kept the D-Pad in the exact same priority placement, making the analogues feel second glass, like an afterthought.

It's not the 1990's anymore. For FPS and the vast majority of moden games the 360 controller and it's analogue placement makes far more sense. And i've had a PS3 and every Playstation since release, but the 360 controller is just plain better and makes sense in this day and age.

Again. 360 users can not have input on PS controllers unless they use them day by day everyday. There is no controller that's "better" than the other. It's just personal preferences. YOU might think the D-pad is in a awkward place but for everyone else who use PlayStation regularly think it's just fine.

Totalaero said,
Again. 360 users can not have input on PS controllers unless they use them day by day everyday.

I use a PS controller a lot. Still prefer 360's placement. But yes you're totally correct, it's preference. It's the same for every bit of tech, this is why I hate fanboy war.

Totalaero said,
Again. 360 users can not have input on PS controllers unless they use them day by day everyday. There is no controller that's "better" than the other. It's just personal preferences. YOU might think the D-pad is in a awkward place but for everyone else who use PlayStation regularly think it's just fine.

I said i've had every PlayStation since the original PS1 if you actually bothered to read. So i've used the controllers a LOT. They are not as good as 360 when it comes to analogue placement. It's plainly obvious the D-Pad takes priority placement. Considering most games prefer analogue input this makes no sense. This has nothing to do with immature faboy ****. Anyone with any logic should be able to see this. Not even debatable as far as i'm concerned. It's stupid placement, end of discussion.

Totalaero said,
Again. 360 users can not have input on PS controllers unless they use them day by day everyday. There is no controller that's "better" than the other. It's just personal preferences. YOU might think the D-pad is in a awkward place but for everyone else who use PlayStation regularly think it's just fine.

If you were to redesign the DualShock controller for modern games, assuming no one were used to how the PS controller has been for the last 20 years, it would make more sense to place the analog stick where the D-Pad is currently placed.

That is because the spots where the D-Pad and the symbol buttons are on the DualShock 3 controller are also the spots which were intended as the main resting place for the thumbs on the original PS1. Which means the most used functions should be in these spots. That would be movement (analog stick today, D-Pad 20 years ago) and the actions (symbol buttons still).

It also could be argued that the Wii U Pro controller has the best design for FPS games where both analog sticks are used for movement/aiming.

So while I like the DualShock 3 because I am used to it, I can see how the Xbox 360 controller design makes more sense (and the Wii U Pro controller for FPS games).

Richio said,
I'm pretty sure the headphone jack could either be really useful or really irritating.

Wires, everywhere!

BajiRav said,
Uh...so they are planning to continue with the terrible controller design into next generation? why!

Terrible? The controller design has been mostly the same since 1995, which was similar to the SNES controller before it. It's more like a "perfect" controller. Slight tweaks to the thumb sticks and triggers would be all it needs.

Until you develop bigger hands than a 12-year old girl which result in carpal tunnel if you play for longer than 30 minutes.

Xenomorph said,

Terrible? The controller design has been mostly the same since 1995, which was similar to the SNES controller before it. It's more like a "perfect" controller. Slight tweaks to the thumb sticks and triggers would be all it needs.


It's as far as you can go from a "perfect controller". It's terrible, there is no other way to put it.

BajiRav said,

It's as far as you can go from a "perfect controller". It's terrible, there is no other way to put it.

For FPS, yes the 360 controller is allot better.
But for your classical beat em ups like MK, SF, Tekken.... the Playstation controller is absolute king.
Also for racing games.. the Playstation controller wins. Even though I enjoyed playing Forza on the Xbox, the sticks on the 360 are way to loose for my taste for perfect controlled driving.
Where 1/10th of a millimeter decides if you drive into a brick wall or take a pefect corner. And then have your heart beat, pump blood around and this is enough to nudge the 360 stick far enough of course to crash head first into that wall.

They should do what Nintendo did and place both sticks at the top(See Wii U Pro Controller). Feels really wierd holding a 360 controller after having played with the Pro Controller.

Karanlos said,
They should do what Nintendo did and place both sticks at the top(See Wii U Pro Controller). Feels really wierd holding a 360 controller after having played with the Pro Controller.

I disagree, I found myself using the original Wii Pro Controller, not the new Wii U more. I don't find the newer one comfortable.

francescob said,
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