Contemplating Sony PS4 without DualShock controller

By Posted 19 Jan 2013, 17:43

The next-generation rumors are showing no signs of slowing down as the world looks on to what will almost certainly be announced later on this year during the E3 2013 period. The Sony PS4 hit the headlines this past week over potential speed and power increases over the Xbox 720. Now we’re hearing that Sony may be planning to ditch their successful DualShock controller line in favor of introducing a brand new control scheme for their users.

We saw Nintendo shock the world initially with their GamePad for the Wii U console, a system that introduces secondary gameplay opportunities thanks to the addition of a built in touchscreen. Now we’re hearing plans for Sony to come up with some innovative controller technology of their own, but in doing so it could signal the end of the traditional DualShock format that fans have become so used to seeing.

An article published recently by CVG is treating this as a confirmed fact, stating that a completely new controller scheme will definitely be used for the next generation PlayStation console when it arrives. Unsurprisingly though, there is no specific information to back up what new control system will replace the DualShock and it may be a change that consumers may be reluctant to hear at first glance.

However, there are hints that it could be LCD based or make use of biometric technology. There are also some interesting comments on how Sony may be looking to use an interface that is similar to what is currently used on the PS Vita – which would be much more logical in our opinion.

It’s interesting that this rumor on the lack of a DualShock in the PS4 surfaces now, as you may have forgotten two years ago that Sony filed a new patent, for controller technology that could emulate the styles and button layout of other consoles that have released down the years – including controllers from consoles made by Nintendo, Microsoft and SEGA.

We’re guessing that a lot of legal issues would have to be bypassed if Sony are planning such an audacious move, but it all sounds very interesting nevertheless and we can’t wait to hear more details on potential PS4 controller schemes soon.

What are your thoughts on the idea of a PS4 console without a DualShock controller? Would you support this move from the company or would you prefer to stick with a DualShock4 pad?

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