PS4 controller: new details emerge pre-reveal

A VG247 source has seemingly confirmed that the PS4 controller will include a front touch-pad, speaking a week before the console’s expected reveal in New York.

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NeverEnding19892104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

So it's pretty much confirmed that the PS4 controller will borrow heavily from the ergonomic Xbox 360 controller and recycle the Wii U front screen.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but what happened to the innovative SONY of the PS2 days? Are those days so far gone?

Where did the SONY I know and love go?

Walker2104d ago

What the hell are you talking about ?!

ExCest2104d ago

"The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock" wtf you talkin' 'bout? Where does it say it'll borrow from the Xbox controller?

"We’ve been told today that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better." Does that instantly mean "hurrdurr copy MS"?

Recycle the Wii U front screen: Or integrate a vita?

GribbleGrunger2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

When did Nintendo and Microsoft patent a slight curve in the triggers (which is what I take this to mean). Could you show me those patents please?

This jealousy needs to stop. It really is exposing the youngsters out there.

fabod862104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

It's a touch-pad and not a screen, like the one in the back of the PSVita. -_-
Also "The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock"... where did you get any relation with the 360 one?
What a........ :/

Edit - Seams someone preceded me. :P

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )


There is no sony you love you just hate them.
If they cured cancer you would say they ripped off the medical industry and are not innovative.

If Killzone 4 look super realistic you will say they ripped of real life and xbla bobble head avatars playing tennis is purely amazing.

I am pretty sure you purposely ignore the innovative games sony makes. And will not complain when 720 uses blu ray.

You only troll sony articles and never once complain that xbox has few AAA games or charge for multiplayer.

And yet something is wrong with sony?

Maybe if their last new AAA game was in 2010 like alan wake you would feel better about sony?

Instead ni no kuni, god of war, the last of us and beyond the same year as ps4 is not enough?

Also you probably think nintendo is innovative for making a tablet controller in the middle of a tablet boom.

Good job. You are and Grade A troll.
I will buy you a bridge so you can live under it.

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guitarded772104d ago

I would ask you where you got that idea from, but you only have one bubble and cannot reply :D

kratos172104d ago

Never ending troll since 1989

dafegamer2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

since when is a touchpad a screen dumbass
also "The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock". Speaking of reading comprehension skills

Clarence2104d ago

You must be smoking! They just said
"The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock. We’ve been told today that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better."

BattleAxe2104d ago

"PS4 controller will borrow heavily from the ergonomic Xbox 360 controller and recycle the Wii U front screen"

Dude, you must be on drugs. More like they're borrowing heavily from the PS Vita.

Ritsujun2104d ago

NeverEnding1989 has been mad since 1989.

Convas2104d ago


ShutUpAndTakeMyMoney talking about trolling.

The sweet, sweet, SWWEEEEEET irony.

SonyAddict2104d ago

I think you will find that everything xbox was in fact copied from sony!,or should I say stole.The only reason Microsoft got into the console business was to piss of sony in the first place and remember what paved the way for Xbox?,It was PLAYSTATION! don't forget what came first and what ruled as the KING of all consoles

evilhasitsway2104d ago

more like there using the back of the vita you retard.

humbleopinion2103d ago

What's the problem with not being innovative? You don't innovation if your product is good, and borrowing the Xbox controller ergonomics as well as the WiiU gamepad screen sounds like a very good.

The Wiimote was innovative. The Kinect was innovative. The sixaxis was innovative. Does anyone care? I rather have a good controller than an innovative one that doesn't work

nosferatuzodd2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Wow! nice stealth trolling there very good job mate..

nosferatuzodd2103d ago

This is a classic case of being an Xbox nazi,
If its up to this guy we would all have a chip in our heads
Playing Kinect adventures with a windows phone and apple and google workers would be going to the gas chamber on live television broadcast,And we would all
Have a SWAT STICKER burned in our forehead ..

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TheGamerDood2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

I'm sick of all the rumor articles but I can't help but click on and read all of the latest info. -_-

Only 7 more days to go, hurry up Sony, make time go faster dammit! :D

Spinal2104d ago

As long as we got some good triggers im happy :)

Ares84HU2103d ago

Imagine if they do show off the PS4. How impatent you will be to wait for months for it's release!

Skips2104d ago

I hope they didn't touch the analog sticks. Other then making them concave.

I don't like analog sticks that aren't aligned. lol

stage882104d ago

No no no. Concave is an awful idea. My fingers ALWAYS slip off the 360's sticks.
Lets hope Sony stays with the convex sticks and of course aligned.

squarecircle2104d ago

My thumbs slip off convex sticks and I always find I'm less accurate when making slight movements, I always play with the rubber concaved stick covers.

To be fair it's all down to personal preference, I hope they give you an option this time.

Fil1012104d ago

I would like to see the L3 & R3 stiffened up abit and made abit more durable.

thorstein2104d ago

I got 49 disagrees the other day for claiming it would launch at $350. This article is claiming $400 (not too far off).

N4G, I gotta love ya!

xursz2104d ago

350 is what Nintendo is charging for the Wiiu. I think 450 will be the sweet spot for PS4 and the xbox720 will be 400.

Ritsujun2104d ago

It's all about the MATERIAL, dudes.

andibandit2104d ago


Convex is a NOGO, i cant play more than 2 hours with convex sticks, and please make it assymetrical or let us choose.

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delboy2104d ago

Nah, only a touch pad, disappointing, can't draw p***** without a screen.

rainslacker2104d ago

Despite the fact that many professional 3D artists use touch pads for drawing, and they don't have screens on them? You'd be amazed what can be done with a touch pad.

ZombieNinjaPanda2104d ago


Except professional 3D artists don't use a touchpad that is (projected, assumed, rumored, and hyped) to be the size of my thumb. A friend of mine is a professional 3D artist and the touchpad he uses for personal use is the size of a 15 inch laptop screen.

rainslacker2104d ago

And how does that refute what I said? Touch pads can be used to draw. I personally have one that is 7x9" which is bigger than a controller but still not that large. A small touchscreen can be just as effective as a big one. And a controllers touchscreen is likely to be bigger than one's thumbs. A controllers touchscreen primary purpose isn't to draw anyhow, unless there is some application for it with software, which possibly there will be, along with other applications a dev may come up with.

delboy is a troll who doesn't like anything. He always makes stupid remarks like this in a desperate attempt to seem smart and knowledgeable, all while disparaging anything that may be positive.

AngelicIceDiamond2104d ago

"It was reported that it will come bundled with a camera last week."

That's the part that worries me. It was inevitable, its apparent Sony wants that share of the market. Officially.

poopsack2104d ago

If the cost is the same then whats to worry? Its better they include it with every console from the beginning rather than release it down the line and invest money to support it, only to have it fall flat because not everyone has one. It makes for better integration and support, and turns it into something Sony doesnt have to worry about getting into people's houses separately, so they can focus better on their games. They're going to go for that market either way, but this is the best way to go about it.

BLAKHOODe2104d ago

Same here. I guess I would have easily been labeled an "Xbox fanboy" once upon a time, but then Xbox became all about Kinect and ruined it for me. So, now I play PS3. I'm super excited for the PS4, but if it becomes another "Kinect", I just might have to give up video games and read a book.

evilhasitsway2104d ago

well sony did have the camera before ms even started using there kinect crap.

sak5002104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )


The crap you're talking about is the pseye toy right?

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Pillsbury12104d ago

They are advertising on YouTube. This has to be something BIG (ps4) if they are paying to advertise the event.

Dee_912104d ago

The touch pad sounds expensive to me
hopefully its optional.Because if its more than the six axis its gonna be awhile before I can buy a second or third controller.
Man im getting pumped

IAmLee2104d ago

I forgot the wii u invented screens... -___-

yeahokchief2104d ago

blah. i was hoping they'd make the controller more ergonomic like the gamecube and 360 controller.

all a touchscreen is going to do is drive up the cost of the console.

im disappointed.

Matt06112104d ago

218 disagrees has to be a record, right?

zeee2104d ago

I think I am one of those who like both DS3 and 360 controller. Perhaps because I have both the consoles? Not sure but I don't think that either of them are perfect.

360 controller at times feel too big and too heavy and no, I don't have small hands. Also, sometimes my left thumb would get tired but that was not a big deal. The biggest problem that I had with 360 controller was the D-PAD. Try playing fighting games that involve D-PAD more than the sticks and you'll know what I am talking about. So I hope that Microsoft will change that in the next controller design. I am still using the controller that came with my Xbox back in 2009 so maybe the new ones are better? Though I can't say as I haven't tried the new ones. Also, I think they should ditch the AA batteries in favor of rechargeable ION battery. Should help reduce the weight of the controller.

Sony needs to work on DS3 controllers as well. The analog sticks could be moved a bit further apart? Not sure if that's a good idea but I think Sony should experiment with a few new ideas.

Also, the L2 and R2 should have triggers like 360 controller.

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of touch pads. I'd hate to accidentally touch a button only to stop a game or bring up the menu screen in the middle of battle. These days the menu screens of different games do not really pause a game, it just brings up the menu while the game is running in the background.

This is my personal, unbiased view of course. I can't wait to see what both SONY and Microsoft bring to the table. I so want to move to the next-gen consoles!!!

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SonyNGP2104d ago

the 20th cannot come soon enough. i cant wait for real next gen and i cant wait for ps4

EliteDave932104d ago

To be honest, I have a feeling it might be something about Gikai. But who knows.

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GribbleGrunger2104d ago

The question is, will it actually be a touch-pad or a touch-screen? There would be many uses for a touch-screen because it could display things like Trophies, messaging or even a small keyboard... The problem of course is cost. One more week of speculation and we'll all know for certain!

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Sharius2104d ago

"that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better"

oh, really, then i will miss the day that when i put down my controller to check up my phone and the last thing i saw is my character beat the f*ck out of the NPC with heavy attack in dark souls

DivineAssault 2104d ago

happened to me too lol.. Hated that cuz i would have to shut it of but yet they attack me when i turn it on still.. That sucked

StockpileTom2104d ago

or heavy attack off a ledge to your death lol!

Abdou232104d ago

Or throw a grenade in battlefield

Cam9772104d ago

Don't remind me, that happened to me in DaS and DeS.

MetalProxy2104d ago

that thing happened to me in darksouls. It was a very important blacksmith npc :(

Nicaragua2104d ago

Lol, I had the exact same thing happen at the blacksmith - I went nuts !

FunAndGun2104d ago

lol, I hit that merchant lady in the sewer on Dark Souls because of that!! Then she ran away and wouldn't sell me anything. I had to farm like 40,000 souls to absolve my sins by that dude in the clock tower. What a mistake that was!

ZoyosJD2104d ago

LOL...Any time I was near an NPC I set my controller down upside down when I had to as most of the time running off a cliff would be a more viable option than hitting an NPC.

-Alpha2104d ago

I killed the Onion Knight (Siegmeyer of Catarina) and the Crestfallen Warrior because of this :'(

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USMC_POLICE2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

Good I'm sick of using L1 and R1 to shoot and aim in battlefield.

r212104d ago

The L2 and R2 being remodeled, not the L1 and R1 buttons. Thankfully, this means for PS4 we wont be getting accidents when placing down the controller.

USMC_POLICE2104d ago

i was saying because the current L2 and R2 buttons are bad battlefield makes us use L1 and R1. so if the buttons are made better like the 360's back buttons maybe battlefield 4 will let me use L2 and R2.

GribbleGrunger2104d ago (Edited 2104d ago )

Or slippage when sweaty. God, that drives me nuts.

Persistantthug2104d ago

How about button mapping?

Can't be that hard to do.

mastemikegee2103d ago

Shouldn't EVERY game allow that to some extent?

I loved how fallout allowed me to customize my button layout.

Some games don't even have multiple layouts let alone custom!

If I'm not comfortable with the default controls and i dont have an option to change them, the frustration could lead me to stop playing the game.

JamieL2103d ago

I was surprised at how many games out there don't even have a southpaw option. I was a everyday average right-handed American minding my own business, until the day I decided to drive my motorcycle into the side of an SUV that pulled out in front of me (not my fault & still didn’t get paid). I lost the complete use of my right arm, and for a long time all I could play is Skyrim on PS3, because I could map the buttons how I wanted. I put the right attack, and left attack on the R3 & L3 buttons so I could walk, look around, and attack with one hand. It was handy as hell. There are almost no other games that do this, and many don't even have alternate set ups. I definitely feel for the lefty's out there, and think it should be standard with all games.