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.