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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.

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NastyLeftHook01198d ago

th sony wee talking about, they will cater to the hardcore no matter what. this i know. so no.

jujubee881198d ago

Dude, I would have groped the hell out of my controller!

NastyLeftHook01198d ago

i really really doubt it, people are used to psysical thumbsticks and removing them would really cause confusion in the general gaming market

Nitrowolf21198d 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

jujubee881198d 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.

darthv721198d 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.

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riverstars861198d ago

If this is true, then I'm only getting Xbox, what is Sony thinking?

superterabyte1198d ago

Use a dualshock 3 or use a usb controller. or use the xbox controller adapter.

Bigpappy1198d ago (Edited 1198d 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.

NameRemoved00171198d ago

If they catered to the hardcore gamers the PS3 would feature full mouse + keyboard support.

ufo8mycat1198d 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.

superterabyte1198d ago (Edited 1198d 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

superterabyte1198d ago (Edited 1198d 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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Godchild10201198d ago (Edited 1198d 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.

Delive1198d 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.

ginsunuva1198d 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??

hennessey861198d ago

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.

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