Submitted by -Mezzo- 965d ago | opinion piece

Duly Shocked: Will The PS4 Controller Do Away With Thumbsticks In Favor Of Touch?

Forbes - I know I’ve said we should abandon all this next-gen rumor-mongering, but I simply must comment on this latest bit of possible information on the redesigned PS4 “SplitShock” controller, even if it is all rumor and speculation stemming from questionable leaks. (PS4)

NastyLeftHook0  +   965d ago
th sony wee talking about, they will cater to the hardcore no matter what. this i know. so no.
jujubee88  +   965d ago
So this has zero chance of happening?
Dude, I would have groped the hell out of my controller!
NastyLeftHook0  +   965d ago
i really really doubt it, people are used to psysical thumbsticks and removing them would really cause confusion in the general gaming market
Nitrowolf2  +   965d ago
This is a bad idea, look at the Iphone/ipad game with the touch sticks. It's terrible to use in comparison with the physical ones. If Sony does this, there will be a ton of backlash
jujubee88  +   965d ago
Yeah, I know. I was just being a jackass.

When the 20th rolls around, people will just shrug off most of the wildest of N4G rumors about next gen.
darthv72  +   965d ago
keep in mind that the original PS controller didnt originate with the dual thumbstick design in the first place.

it may be hard for the newer users to imagine that but those who have played it both ways know that the controller was comfortable to use either way.

If they removed the physical analog with touch sensitive pads capable of reproducing the accuracy then it opens the possibility of more uses for the pads that the sticks could not provide.
riverstars86  +   965d ago
If this is true, then I'm only getting Xbox, what is Sony thinking?
superterabyte  +   965d ago
Use a dualshock 3 or use a usb controller. or use the xbox controller adapter.
Bigpappy  +   965d ago
It looks to be the new Move controller. I think You will still be able to use the old dual shock, but the this new pad will be supported for games, with or without the camera.
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NameRemoved0017  +   965d ago
If they catered to the hardcore gamers the PS3 would feature full mouse + keyboard support.
ufo8mycat  +   965d ago
I wouldn't call keyboard+mouse support hardcore. Mouse requires no skill to aim. My grandpa could aim and get headshots with a mouse.

How is that hardcore?

Stick to a gamepad - requires skill, not to mention provides better immersion, which is what hardcore gamers want.
superterabyte  +   965d ago
@hdshatter no no no. One of my reasons for not playing PC is the keyboard/mouse controls. And don't give me the usual shit about plugging a controller into the PC.

First off that gives me a disadvantage in FPS games.

Secondly Most games don't have proper support and usually support is for the xbox controller which I don't have.

and lastly most games have more buttons than are available on a controller for example day z etc
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superterabyte  +   965d ago
Although I don't see why the PlayStation 4 can't have mouse/keyboard support alongside a proper o/s and software such as a word processor and Internet browser.

Edit *If the ps4 has as much ram as is rumored as well as dual display output could it be feasible for an internet browser to be open on a monitor whilst a game is playing on the TV? I don't know im just hypothesizing*

Here me out why (if you had a PS4 and it did as I say) would the average person need a computer? and why couldn't the ps4 have support for keyboard and mouse alongside traditionally Pc only games such as MMORPG's and strategy games.

A lot of developers have expressed a desire for their PC titles to be on console so if sony could provide a PC-like cheap platform they could be on to a very successful product indeed.
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Godchild1020  +   965d ago
If they show a controller without the analog sticks, they will have the same situation they had when they announced the PS3 with the boomerang controller.

Fans will speak and Sony will change the controller to the proper one with analog sticks. If anything, I hope they keep the PS3 controller compatible with the next PlayStation. I know it was rumored, but I want a conformation.
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Delive  +   965d ago
I agree with hoping the PS3 controller is compatible. The only downside is if the new controller has functionality not in the DS3, then devs will probably utilize the new functions and the DS3 won't help with those new games. But I'm sure that there will be plenty to do with just the DS3.

I can't wait.
ginsunuva  +   965d ago
Yeah, because they spent the effort to place dual physical analog sticks on the Vita but now they'll put touch on a console??
hennessey86  +   965d ago
Having attempted
To play fps games on the ipad, I can say with 100 percent certainty the controller will suck without analogue sticks. Touch screens, pads are not accurate enough for competitive FPS games like cod, halo, killzone etc.
GribbleGrunger  +   965d ago
Not. A. Chance.
Nyxus  +   965d ago
No way.
Qrphe  +   965d ago
They came up with dual analog sticks first, they'd never do without them.
riverstars86  +   965d ago
Looks like Microsoft has gained the most from this stunning announcement. Microsoft has already won the next generation console wars with this news.
Sgt_Slaughter  +   965d ago
Excuse me while I laugh my ass off st the worst comment in this thread XD
riverstars86  +   965d ago
Get set match, Microsoft!!!!! Lol
TheOneEyedHound  +   965d ago

Someone give this guy more bubbles, that was funny.
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The_Infected  +   965d ago

Haha...I about died when I read you absolutely crazy post. Lol I'm still laughing!
nevin1  +   965d ago
lol@ "splitshock"

anyway, no thanks if true.
MasterCornholio  +   965d ago
Analog sticks are not going anywhere.

BYW theres another article which appears to have a legit picture of the PS4 controller hooked up to the dev kit. As you can imagine the PS4 controller will have analog sticks.
modesign  +   965d ago
they just showed a ps4 controller with analog sticks, so its going to have them.
Braid  +   965d ago
What are you talking about? They were the ones who put the SECOND analog stick to the Vita, are they going to abandon using them now? They know what customers want, we spoke, they added it to their next handheld. Besides being completely unresponsive, the touch analogues would also add to the cost, so why not stick to the regular ones? It's not reasonable from the financial standpoint at all. It's obivously not what customers want as well, so what's this new design with no sticks talk?

Zero chance, I'm telling you.
DigitalRaptor  +   965d ago
There's absolutely no freaking way they will do away with analogue sticks of which fans begged for and received an extra one in PS Vita.

I'm surprised that people think this will be a mandatory PS4 control scheme. If anything, SplitShock will be a PS Move replacement for this upcoming gen, and be available to buy alongside DualShock 4 for PS4.

SplitShock, whilst a weird concept, is intriguing.
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DarkBlood  +   965d ago
would be interesting to to try if true
WeAreLegion  +   965d ago
According to everyone who actually TRIED the boomerang controller for PS3, it was very comfortable. I wish I could try one.
Xer0_SiN  +   965d ago
touch sensitive vs physical analog. i would take the physical iteration all day everyday. the apple touch software is probably the best, but even then its sucks for hardcore gaming.
smashcrashbash  +   965d ago
Okay I am almost sure this isn't true but even if it is how about not freaking out and finding out the details or how responsive it really is.Seriously you are just doing exactly what everyone usually does and that is panic prematurely.WAIT for more information to see if it even exists or how well the controller functions THEN you can go all out.
Reportillo4  +   964d ago
until we can control games with our mind(properly of course), nothing will beat physical buttons

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