Sony and Microsoft are widely expected to go head-to-head once again with their next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. But a newly sprouted rumor indicates Sony could differentiate itself from its rivals with a controller that takes a few cues from the Wii U and PS Vita.
Sony's "DualShock" analog controller for its three PlayStation consoles has remained mostly unchanged since 1997. (If it ain't broken — right?) If a CVG's report that a "senior games studio working on an upcoming Sony game" for the PlayStation 4 is to be believed, Sony's experimenting with new controller form factors.
According to one CVG, prototype PS4 controllers with "biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touchscreen" are floating around within Sony's research and development department. Another CVG source also claims Sony is looking to "emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita."
While a touchscreen makes sense and a built-in biometric sensor would definitely add new types of gameplay, including them would also add to the cost of each controller. (Nintendo doesn't even sell the Wii U GamePad as a standalone controller outside of Japan, presumably because it'd cost about $172).
Interestingly enough, if we dig back to last February, Xbox World Magazine reported that Microsoft might also be working on a controller with a touchscreen.
A new controller is long overdue for Sony's consoles. Perhaps the next-generation of consoles won't be revered for its graphics, as much as they'll be about the controllers?
We'll be fine with anything, so long as it doesn't look like this pre-PS3 launch concept controller:
Hey, if Nintendo can stick a touchscreen onto its Wii U GamePad and make it work, why not Sony?