Will PS4 Controller Have a Touchscreen? End of the Line for DualShock?

by David Sanchez January 18, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

PS3 Controller

Sony could be preparing to ditch the classic PlayStation DualShock design that’s been around for several years. More specifically, it seems that the company has been experimenting with different designs for its next home platform. A source close to CVG has stated that the project, currently dubbed Orbis, may very well feature a controller with an LCD touchscreen on it.

Another source stated that Sony was hoping to “emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita.” This is likely related to the supposed touchscreen integration of the controller which is a clear departure from the current DualShock model.

PlayStation consoles have relied on the DualShock since 1997, when it was introduced in Japan. It’s a bit strange to imagine Sony straying away from that successful controller. If the company’s hoping to innovate, it makes sense that it would go with a touchscreen much like Nintendo did with the Wii U. How Sony will use that type of technology will prove interesting.

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FrozenIpaq says:

I'm interested to see where they go with it. Their DS design is pretty iconic and people were rather surprised when they decided to keep it for the PS4. If anything I see them possibly integrating a rear touchpad like the PS Vita or other biometric sensors. I'm not expecting a huge change even though I'd like to see one.

NeilR says:

Bad idea if you ask me. I don't own a Wii U but from my point of view it's implementation is ending up as yet another gimmicky control scheme which only distracts and/or detracts from the gameplay. I would much rather see this implemented as an attachment not unlike the keyboards you can buy for the dualshock or xbox controllers in which the console/games would support it as an alternative means to type or interact with menus. That being said, replacing the L2/R2 triggers with biometric sensors would be a nice alternative (less bulky, less intrusive). My last point against this is the cost associated would make buying additional controllers expensive.

FrozenIpaq says:

Plus they've already got the PS Vita cross-controller capability already which allows people to utilize their PS Vita with PS3 games -> such as LBP. I think they'd want to push PS Vita sales so to make their controller take features away from what the Vita offers is probably not a good idea.

Trigun says:

From someone who owns a Wii U. It's NOT gimmicky at all. It's freakin amazing. And honestly this sounds more like Sony trying to capatalize and iterate on Nintendo's Iterations of previously existing technology(but the first in the gaming world to do them well) as per usual. Maybe this time it won't crash and burn.

FrozenIpaq says:

Care to elaborate on the awesome/amazing parts. I enjoyed the Wii U when I was playing it at E3 a few years back but don't see it as a worth investment just for the controlller's experience yet.

Seroczynski says:

You can show whatever you like, however you like on a touchscreen on the controller. It can be very helpful and looks awesome. It would however, still require the 16 physical buttons of the 'classic' controller to make it complete. It's and addition to an already working solution, but one that surely seems to work great on the Wii U.

If Sony would be able to keep the controller small and add a touchscreen on it, I might just be able to love the controller once again (since my personal opinion is that the DS had it's best days behind him).

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