More Next-Gen Rumours Suggest the End is Nigh for the DualShock Controller

by on January 19, 2013

More Next-Gen Rumours Suggest the End is Nigh for the DualShock Controller

Rumours have surfaced today that suggest Sony’s R&D department are working on something new to replace the DualShock controller, PS4 could see touch screen control or biometrics.

As we alluded to earlier this week, it’s silly season in the gaming world as rumour, counter rumour and crazy story after crazy (if believable..) story bound around the internet as we build up to the big reveal of the next generation of games consoles.

Today’s dose of next-gen rumour fun suggest that Sony have been busy working on a radical overhaul of their now age-old DualShock controller design. According to CVG’s sources, experiments at Sony’s research and development complex have been extensive. Apparently Sony’s tech ninjas have been toying with biometric sensors in the controller grips, touch sensors ala the PS Vita and even an LCD Touch Screen. More Nintendo inspired plagiarism? Surely not.

Another source claimed that Sony PlayStation engineers are “trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita“. Which probably refers to the Vita’s rear touch pad, or possibly its gorgeous front facing touch screen.

The end of the DualShock controller will almost certainly rankle with the majority of PlayStation fans, so don’t be surprised if Sony allow the use of the old tech on the new console, in the same way that you can use your old Wii-motes on your Wii U.

As always with this kind of news, nothing has been confirmed. So we’ll just have to wait and see what Sony has got up its sleeves when they eventually get around to showing their new kit off.