PlayStation 4, PS4, PlayStation Orbis, Next PlayStation, whatever you believe Sony’s next-gen machine is going to be called, one thing looks certain, the dual shock controller that has been a part of PS gaming since the 90s, is set to change forever, as Sony is dropping the traditional design.
This was brought to light by a “senior games studio source,” of CVG, who claims that the controller design has undergone massive experimentation and has moved through several different iterations. However, all of them he said, were far different than the traditional dual shock design.
Some of the suggested changes that could become part of the next-gen controller, include a touch screen LCD, biometric sensors in the hand grips and an accelerometer. We’ve also heard reports of Sony patenting a dual shock move controller, so maybe we’re looking at something more like that?
It’s been speculated that because Microsoft owns a small stake in the company behind Sony’s rumble technology in its dual shock designs, that this could be part of the reason it is moving away from using its more traditional controller.
Whatever the motivation though, it looks likely that we’ll see PS3 controllers remain compatible with the PS4, in order for backwards compatibility and for familiarity. What will be interesting to see, is when the Orbis is released later this year, if gamers take to the new design or prefer their old stalwart.
KitGuru Says: What do you guys think? Will we be looking at a new favourite, or do you think people will be more likely to stick with what they know?