With five days to go before Sony's big PlayStation 4 event, two leaks have surfaced that all but confirm the console's controller will have a touchpad. The first image to shake up the gaming community came from gaming blog Destructoid yesterday (details annotated by Eurogamer) showing off a developer version of the PS4 controller:
As the image shows, there's a big touchpad in the center of the controller, the D-pad now matches that on the PS Vita's, the dual analogs have a concave shape, there's a speaker on the front (Wii Remote-style), a built-in headphone jack, and what appears to be a PlayStation Move sensor. Eurogamer says the touchpad is two-point, which can allow a higher degree of precision for performing actions like headshots in a shooting game.
Today, the image at the top of this post showed up on the GameTrailers forum, further suggesting that Sony will focus heavily on new gameplay input, along with updated console hardware. The final design can still undergo changes, but we wouldn't be surprised if it's pretty similar.
The PlayStation 4 will reportedly have an eight-core 1.6GHz processor built by AMD, along with 4GB of RAM. It's unclear if the console will be backwards compatible with PS3 games. EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen recently said next-gen consoles will "most likely not be backwards compatible," but we're expecting everything to be revealed next week.