PS4 controller and dev unit leak in new image

If you have been wondering what the PS4 developer kit looked like, wonder no more as an image of the device has finally hit the web.

As you can see in the image above, you can see what is supposedly the new PlayStation controller for the PS4 as well as what is being called an Orbis developers unit too.

The controller has received slight modification to the analog sticks from the PS3 and there appears to be a display at the top of the controller.  The controller is certainly an evolution of the controllers that Sony has been using since the PS1 was released many years ago.

The controller is supposedly a prototype (no surprise here) and may not be representative of the final product. But, seeing how the device is very similar to that of the PS3, we would expect it to retain a similar form but know that modifications may occur before launch.

It’s worth noting that this is a developer unit for the PS4 and represents new technology that will obviously be streamlined and placed into a smaller package when it hits retails shelves.

The PS4 is rumored to be unveiled at the February 20th Sony event which is only a few days away. Seeing as Microsoft and Sony will be pushing their next gen devices up until they launch at a point closer to the holiday shopping season, the console wars are about to kick-off, full-swing. 

Source: Destructoid

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I'll put 20 <insert your national currency here> on very little, if nothing changed exept the light, or the possible screen, or the possible speaker/mic.. or anything else that might make me lose my bet

I guess I'm the only one here who is glad the controller didn't change much. If it ain't broke don't fix it? with the touch screen in the middle I guess it will allow games to add more buttons to the controller. And also they made the thumb stick more softer which is improvement. Overall I like it.

Like the screen, hopefully nextbox has such.

But as for the announcement, sure im happy its coming early... But if its coming this early It better release in next couple months.

I wouldn't count on it being final, but rather just a prototype (I hope). If past screenshots are anything to go off of, the fact that the Xbox devkit controller was different from their release model is a good sign.

Well well... it seems that they finally decided to improve the ergonomic on the controller. Having it more curved will land better on hands.

If sony were aiming to make the controller nicer to use they'd wake up and move the analog stick to the d-pad's position. Even the company everyone loves to hate, nintendo, managed to get that right over 10 years ago.

Blackhearted said,
If sony were aiming to make the controller nicer to use they'd wake up and move the analog stick to the d-pad's position. Even the company everyone loves to hate, nintendo, managed to get that right over 10 years ago.

Exactly. This isn't an ergonomic improvement at all.

Surprised nobody has commented on the big block of light at the top of the controller. Looks like Move is being built in.

Sounds correct. 360 is rumored to come standard with kinect2 which is good enough it can read your lips.. Can only think sony would integrate their move as well. Lets just hope Sony don't use the move how MS want to use the kinect ('see' how many people are in the room and bill your movie watching accordingly)

FalseAgent said,

would be pretty neat if it was.

"Hot Anime PlayStation 4 Girl!"
"Yes, master?"
"Bring me coffee!!"
"Yes, master." Hot Anime PlayStation 4 girl is seen on LCD screen winking.

Avatar Roku said,
The touchpad seems kinda gimmicky. What can you use it for really?

Well if the touchpad is a lcd screen it could be used for programmable extra buttons or to display extra infos. It could be nice having this instead of some unused blank space ...

Avatar Roku said,
The touchpad seems kinda gimmicky. What can you use it for really?

Picking plays in Madden is the only one I can think of.

richardsim7 said,
Hmm, colour changing top light, combining the Playstation Move features...?

I know a few people who swing their arms when playing fighting, racing and plat former games. I recon the added swinging of arms into the direction you're trying to go might actually be a winner 8D

sagum said,

I know a few people who swing their arms when playing fighting, racing and plat former games. I recon the added swinging of arms into the direction you're trying to go might actually be a winner 8D


The PS3 already has this with the sixaxis controller. Be it that surprisingly few games in your mentioned categories support it

Not sure if the sarcasm was for wires, or because wires are coming back, but dev units probably get a lot more use so using Bluetooth/wireless for the controller would simply run down batteries a lot.

I know its just a dev kit.. but the chasis reminded me of an old Compaq-style desktop, can even pretend that a 3.5 floppy drive above the USB ports

Yeah, those were the days and Sony's going oldskool now.
I think the controller looks VERY uncomfortable to use though. The DualShock controllers have always been tendinitis inducing, but this looks worse because of the angle and lowering of the analog sticks. The integrated Move light will get in the way of my fingertips if the controller doesn't grow in size and the integrated trackpad is also very small and fits maybe 3 of my fingertips on there, making it practically useless for complex gestures.
It's a prototype, I know, but it doesn't look great for things to come.

Trihawk7 said,
That's a PS4 O.o even though its a dev kit, I would have atleast expected something smaller....

Pre-release dev kits never look anything like the actual thing.

Trihawk7 said,
That's a PS4 O.o even though its a dev kit, I would have atleast expected something smaller....

Some of the original development work for the Xbox 360 was done on two PowerMac G5 towers hooked together, two processors each, so that they could test on 3 Power PC cores like the final hardware would have.

Stetson said,
Some of the original development work for the Xbox 360 was done on two PowerMac G5 towers hooked together, two processors each, so that they could test on 3 Power PC cores like the final hardware would have.

For a reference to how big that is, that's almost the size of the original Xbox.