Rumors about the PS4 console have been circulating recently. The foremost being that Sony is looking to take a page from Nintendo Wii U’s book and will be including a touch dynamic. While no official information has been released about the in-development console speculation, primarily about the controller, has been made.
The traditional DualShock, dual analog model that Sony has been using for years has become the standard for console gaming for some time. It seems now however, that controllers are where the change is coming from in console gaming. The OUYA used its unique ergonomic new controller design as a selling point, and the Wii has been milking novelty controllers for a while now. It’s likely that Sony is looking to do some of the same.
Although there has been no actual released or leaked information about the PS4 it does seem likely that we’ll see a change in the controller for the new console. Yet Sony will have to be careful to be innovative without enraging the gaming community with something too gimmicky or unreliable like the “boomerang” fiasco with the PS3.
It’s speculated that the PS4 will include Biometrics which will allow an LCD touchscreen to be integrated into the controller. While the new technology is interesting touchscreens are still finding their place in the gaming realm. Although a touchscreen would be nifty for navigating menu’s and UI elements like inventories, it’s implement in actual gameplay has been primarily seen in casual gaming experiences like mobile, in browser, and quick multiplayer mini game types like “Angry Birds” or “Mario Party”.
Despite being all but publicly denounced as a casual gaming console for party games only, the Wii U is still the top selling console. It may be wise for Sony to expand the PlayStation to encompass more demographics of gaming. Perhaps the PS Vita is the model we should be looking to for the next generation Sony controller. Gamers will just have to wait and see what the actual new PlayStation console will be like.