PS4 controller rumor: bye-bye to DualShock, hello to LCD screen and biometrics

The above image is a concept and not an official Sony design

The Internet rumor mill for the next versions of the Xbox and Playstation has been going into overdrive in the past few days, as rumors about the hardware performance of the next game consoles and more info on their graphics chips have popped up.

Now, yet another rumor over at Computer and Video Games claims to have a little more info on the controller design for the Playstation 4. The article, which naturally uses unnamed sources, says that the familiar DualShock design that's been a part of the console since the original Playstation is being ditched in favor of one that will include an LCD screen and some kind of biometric sensors for the controller's grips.

While adding an LCD screen to the controller is not a huge stretch (the current Nintendo Wii U has one for its main gamepad), the idea of putting in biometric sensors in the gamepad is something new. The article didn't state what these sensors would be used for in terms of gameplay for potential PS4 game titles.

The article goes on to speculate that Sony could allow the current DualShock controllers for the PS3 to be supported for the PS4 as secondary gamepads. Rumors are flying that Sony and Microsoft could officially announce their next generation game consoles as early as March of 2013.

Source: CVG | Image via Playstation Gang

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The current controller works fine. Leave it. Same with the Xbox. Even the WiiU has this controller as an option. Hell, they even call it a "Pro Controller".

The ultimate controller for me would be the Xbox controller but using the PS3 D-Pad. The triggers on the PS3 controller are poor IMO. The PS3 looks better but the Xbox feels much better in the hand which is so much more important.

Remember when they proposed to change the controller for the PS3? That silver banana thing? What's the betting they backtrack again and we end up with the same as it's always been?

The controller was uncomfortable during the PSX days, hurt the crap out of my hands in the PS2 days, and I just gave up by the time they used the same design for the PS3.

The current ps3 controller just feels too 'loose' theres no feedback at all, whereas the 360 controller has a bit of resistance so it feels/plays better IMO

I love the dual shock controller, and my PS3. As much as I like it, if they make this controller the "standard", and require it for certain games, I may look at switching over to the XBox.

Im guessing soon a horrible looking Controller image like they did with the PS3, and then revert back to the classic style.

C'mon people, the mockup is obviously meant to be funny.

btw, Dreamcast had an integrated display in the controller way way back. Best console ever.

Oh god please NO!!!!! ......NO...NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leave my O.G controller alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

honestly, a small LCD on a controller that adds little cost will be much welcomed.

Personally, if its like the Wii U, its just too much... too expensive.

However, If the NextBox were to put a small LCD that would give basic information.... maybe info on the live account your on, or game statistics... Just a small screen that streams useful information from the Xbox relative to you and what your playing.

auziez said,
honestly, a small LCD on a controller that adds little cost will be much welcomed.

Personally, if its like the Wii U, its just too much... too expensive.

However, If the NextBox were to put a small LCD that would give basic information.... maybe info on the live account your on, or game statistics... Just a small screen that streams useful information from the Xbox relative to you and what your playing.

If the next Xbox can run multiple apps in the background while you play a game then a lcd screen on it's controller could give you that info or control over them so you don't have to change from having the game on the main screen.

If this rumor is true, it's just another example of Sony's "Me Too" philosophy... They will shoe horn anything that someone else comes up with into one of their products... They come up with nothing original anymore...

Enron said,

If Sony is going all out with buttons, I hope Microsoft uses this for the next Xbox just to outdo them!

Haven't you heard, Microsoft have no need of buttons, the future is to have no controller whatsoever & just flail wildly at the screen.

That's the worst concept I've ever seen. The dual analogue works as it is they just need to refine it and copy the Xbox thumb stick layout. The LCD screen idea is not needed, leave that to the WiiU

The whole lcd thing doesn't have to mean they're going to make a Wii u type tablet controller, it could just be more of a tweaked psp or vita type device as the controller.

I still think the idea I proposed here months ago for the nextbox is best - make it like the chat pad, a detachable device that plugs into the controller.

Gaffney said,
I would rather see them take smartglass further and integrate features like the Wii U into Windows Phone and Windows 8.

That can happen but it's also on the third party developers to actually use smartglass for their games. To that extent I think the rumor of a surface for Xbox mini tablet that would just run smartglass and a few other things for a low price could be a smart move.

I'm with the above, a terrible mock up, seeing as they dont need to change the design and haven't for nigh on 12 years. (There are some who find the current controller uncomfortable, granted.)

Dushmany said,
I'm with the above, a terrible mock up, seeing as they dont need to change the design and haven't for nigh on 12 years. (There are some who find the current controller uncomfortable, granted.)

Yeah I don't think the current design is very good. It doesn't feel natural in your hands. The 360 controller does it really well, so I hope Sony goes for something along those lines with the PS4.

I don't see any need for an LCD screen, as it would just be a battery eater.

I partly agree with you, the lcd would just waste battery life over time, even if they put a bigger battery into it, not to mention the screen will look terrible after a couple of years of use, I personally don't have a problem with the design of the ps3 controller, but I am happy to acknowledge the fact that not everybody likes it.
I also wish to thank you, for replying with diplomacy in your response, there are quite a few people here that could benefit from reading your response and learning how to reply to someone. And not giving the usual put-downs or flamebaiting that seems to be going on..

The current design is brilliant, they keep it for a reason.

Sadly, there is indeed a fair few people that don't like it (I presume out of being 'used to' the 360 controller). It's a shame 3rd party controllers are usually poor quality as they are often a bit bigger & might be more to the preference of people who like a bigger controller.

The LCD idea just seems to me like it was suggested by the redundant department of redundancy. If I'm playing a game I'm looking at the TV, I don't need another screen to distract me =P

ChristopherSmith said,
The current design is brilliant, they keep it for a reason.

Sadly, there is indeed a fair few people that don't like it (I presume out of being 'used to' the 360 controller). It's a shame 3rd party controllers are usually poor quality as they are often a bit bigger & might be more to the preference of people who like a bigger controller.

The LCD idea just seems to me like it was suggested by the redundant department of redundancy. If I'm playing a game I'm looking at the TV, I don't need another screen to distract me =P

I think the reason I don't much like the Playstation controller is because when your fingers wrap around it, the design of the back has hard angles whereas the Xbox controller is smooth and rounded, which allows your fingers to slide into a comfortable position easier.

I don't really like the thumbstick placement either, but that's probably because I'm used to Xbox more. I think Sony has a lot of opportunity to evolve and enhance the controller for the PS4.

"The above image is a concept and not an official Sony design"

At least 99% of people who click this article will not read that and instead jump straight to the comments after seeing the image.

Lord Method Man said,
"The above image is a concept and not an official Sony design"

At least 99% of people who click this article will not read that and instead jump straight to the comments after seeing the image.

lol you again with your silly comments. Of course we knew they weren't real, doesn't mean we can't think they are ugly. Trolls and Orcs aren't real, does that mean we can't think they are ugly?

Colin McGregor said,

lol you again with your silly comments. Of course we knew they weren't real, doesn't mean we can't think they are ugly. Trolls and Orcs aren't real, does that mean we can't think they are ugly?

Am I the only one that likes the functionality?

Geranium_Z__NL said,

Am I the only one that likes the functionality?

What could you possibly like about it... Are there not enough buttons to press in the current controller?

dead.cell said,
Was the idea to go with the worst concept image ever? Because if so, you guys totally succeeded. Just... wow.

Look at the buttons. I hope is not that half PS move dock control.

1Pixel said,

This is actually how the PS4 controller will look:

https://lh4.googleusercontent....Wo81relePo/s400/AUAWplw.jpg

... Joking of course. But you know what... i seriously wouldn't be surprised if Sony actually do that. They've had the same basic design for almost 20 YEARS now, and have just added bits to it which it was never originally designed for. Such a bad controller.


It depends on the game, but for most games... the PS3 controller is absolute king. Only in FPS the Xbox controller is better.

Shadowzz said,

It depends on the game, but for most games... the PS3 controller is absolute king. Only in FPS the Xbox controller is better.

I find the PS3 controller very uncomfortable, so I don't consider it the "absolute king" of anything.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I find the PS3 controller very uncomfortable, so I don't consider it the "absolute king" of anything.

It's just plain bad. It's ancient for start, and you cant just stick on things and expect it to function well. Even the analogue sticks are in poor places because they were stuck on later too. So the D-pad takes priority placement, and who the hell still uses a D-pad? They're only good for fighting games, which no one plays anymore.

I still think the D-Pad is the best tool to navigate menus and inputting text from an on-screen keyboard. I automatically avoid the analogue sticks in menus.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I find the PS3 controller very uncomfortable, so I don't consider it the "absolute king" of anything.

It's the best d-pad of all the current gen console.

I like the PS3 layout better than any other controller to market. The analog sticks are in good position which permits you to use the d-pad, face buttons, shoulder buttons, and analog sticks at the same time. They're symetrical so you don't have that awkwardness on like you do on the Xbox.

I am in complete agreement with Solid Knight.

I just feel like my hands aren't big enough if I try using 360 controller's, which I find really odd for a design because I don't exactly have tiny hands.

Shooters are far more pleasant on the PS3 due mainly to the symmetrical joysticks, & the same with any other dual-stick games.

I do have one major criticism to Sony though, the trigger's are bloody appalling, about 80% of PS3 controllers I've used they have gone extremely loose & aren't great to use. I much preferred having buttons, they don't wear out so easy!