During a roundtable discussion yesterday, Feb. 21, 2013, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios said that the next generation of PlayStation, the PS4, will not support the PS3’s Dual Shock 3 controllers. This isn’t that much of a surprise, seeing that the Dual Shock 4 has a touchpad integrated into it, and games utilizing this feature would not work on the Dual Shock 3. Also, since the PS4 isn’t backwards compatible with PS3 games, there’s no reason to support the Dual Shock 3.
He did however confirm that the PlayStation Move controllers will work with the PlayStation 4, as move is heavily integrated into the system. This also isn’t very surprising since the Dual Shock 4 has a move sensor built into it.
This news will no doubt upset many, because now in order to play games with their friends, consumers will have to but brand new controllers. This does feel a bit like a ploy in order to get the consumer to buy Dual Shock 4 controllers, because barring the aforementioned touchpad incompatibility, the Dual Shock 4 will use a USB 3.0 connector, and the Dual Shock 3’s USB 2.0 technically should work. This means for whatever reason, Sony has specifically blocked backwards compatibility with the Dual Shock 4.