Sony may be ditching the Dualshock controller for the PlayStation 4, Luke Karmali for IGN reports on Jan. 18, 2013. The new controller may contain “an LCD touch screen or even biometrics,” Karmali states in a video released earlier today.
An anonymous source spoke to CVG and reports that Sony has been trying out several different kinds of models of controllers for its upcoming console. Many of the controllers being tested by Sony’s R&D department, the source stated, “mark a rapid departure from the loyal Dualshock, which has served Playstation consoles for over 16 years.”
Some of the versions include new additions, which range from integrated LCD touch screen (much like a step up from the WiiU’s handheld controller, and also an attempt to integrate the display of the PSVita) and biometrics sensors on the grips.
“We also heard back in November about a version that incorporates the PlayStation Move into the traditional Dualshock design,” Karmali says, “which seems that it could be a real thing given the multiple prototypes.”
As Karmali notes in the video, until Sony definitely says and/or shows anything, everything should be taken with a grain of salt. Additionally, with the success, critically and commercially, of the Wii, we can possibly expect Sony to not get rid of the Dualshock altogether; instead, they will probably have two separate controllers, the Dualshock and a new one, much like how the Wii could still use the classic Gamecube controller.
“Now we don’t think we’re alone in noticing that the frequency of these so-called updates has increased in recent weeks,” Karmali concludes. “With so many coming thick and fast, surely it can’t be that long until Sony and Microsoft step out of the shadows to set the record straight once and for all.”
For more, check out the IGN video by Luke Karmali.