Through an article that was posted on CVG today, it appears that Sony will be completely reworking the traditional design of the PlayStation controller with the release of the PS4. According to CVG, this has been confirmed by a senior game studio that is working on a title for Sony's upcoming next-generation system, which is commonly referred to as the PS4.
Through the information that was given, it appears that Sony will be completely doing away with the look of the DualShock controller that has become a symbol for the PlayStation brand.
Experiments within Sony's R&D department are thought to have been extensive. Versions of the new PS4 pad include biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touch screen, the development source claimed.
A second source, working in a separate part of the industry but still connected to Sony, said PlayStation engineers are "trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita". This is likely a reference to the touch-screen capabilities of the PlayStation handheld, and a suggestion that Sony will tightly integrate its portable and home systems.
Back when the PS3 was initially announced, Sony showcased a new boomerang shaped controller along with it. Approaching the official release of the PS3, Sony scrapped the idea in place for the Sixaxis controller. In relation to the statements that was made above, Sony has not yet provided any official statement regarding the matter.
For those of you that may be interested, we have listed a few concept photos of the PS4 in the slide-show above.