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Submitted by gaffyh 544d ago | opinion piece

Secret Feature of the DualShock 4 Controller?

PS3Center writes: "We have been salivating over the next gen PlayStation controller for weeks now, and came to a potentially significant discovery." (PS4)

The_Infected  +   544d ago
I think it will flip up because the touchpad is rounded off at the end like a hinge. I thought why is it like that soon as I seem it. I'm surprised it took this long for someone to notice this.
gaffyh  +   544d ago
There's also the possibility though that it may simply be a design quirk for the prototype controller. They may make it look different for the actual controller.
Peppino7  +   544d ago
The coolness keeps on coming. Can't wait.
BluEx610  +   544d ago
Touch Pad is clickable, it has a left click and right click. And can use a 2 point touch system. Kind of like a Keyboard on a laptop. I can imagine LBP, or Modnations using this to draw Maps/Levels.

People would probably lose it when they're switching peripherals with this concept. And people don't want that shit to come apart from aggressive swiping. Would be cool if this had air tracking like the S4.
Tvensky  +   543d ago
what if you can change touch pad with touch screen or something similar in future.. maybe sony is planing to use it for some unique games... I honestly cant imagine what can you connect to it, it could be anything......
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onyoursistersback  +   544d ago
@ article
its just part of the designed....the touch pad is NOT gana be removable. that would be pointless, and more $ on making/developing the controller.

I have an open imagination and all, but the function is all there....unless it can be swapped out of a screen/camera/toaster?!

"touch pad on the controller/placement could not be better"
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Donnieboi  +   544d ago
It would be better in the back (far gaming at least) since i wont need to take my thumbs off of the analog sticks/face buttons just to also use the touch screen. Think about it.
ZoyosJD  +   544d ago
Idk, it could be a replaceable Lithium Ion battery pack as well.

But, even my oldest controller still has a 12+ hr battery life though, so I doubt that.

Even so, it would be nice for when I have multiple people over using all the controllers.

Nah, they just need 8 USB ports. JK.
kaozgamer  +   543d ago
you can swap it out for a george foreman grill
AzaziL  +   543d ago
That would be nice to be able to swap in a small lcd that can display all the data from typical UI and be able to play a game with no overlays.
sinncross  +   544d ago
I assumed it was like that because the touchpad also functioned as a clickable button.
GiggMan  +   543d ago
And with it rounded at the top you could also click with your index fingers possibly...
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Rhythmattic  +   544d ago
Did anyone think the curl , overlap at the back is so the light for "move" functionality doesn't shine directly into your eyes?

Just a thought.
PSVita  +   544d ago
I'd make sense to have it be removable if you want a keyboard instead. I like that ideat hope it's true.
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FamilyGuy  +   544d ago
No, just.. no.

It looks like that because it's a clickable button, end of story.
Foolsjoker  +   544d ago
It has been already confirmed, the touch pad IS click able. Lame Article.
dumahim  +   543d ago
Yeah, I noticed that right away too. Seemed odd that the top would be rounded off like that and it seemed like there was a seam between it and the rest of the controller. Big question is, why would it flip up? That'll be interesting to find out.
Kennytaur  +   543d ago
Did it not cross your mind that it allows you to use your index fingers on the back?
xc7x  +   544d ago
interesting
bullymangLer  +   544d ago
hhM
IronFist  +   544d ago
It looks like a stupid design, how can a touchpad that small be useful in any way.
DEATHSTROKE-cro-  +   544d ago
surfing the web browser on PS4 ?
like I do now on my laptop
gaffyh  +   544d ago
Not really a gameplay feature though. Would be cool, but I would prefer something more substantial.
_QQ_  +   543d ago
so just as a gimmick then.
Skynetone  +   544d ago
angry birds, and good for flicking through the phone in gta, most of the menus on the ps4 might use it, they could of course just use it as an extra button in some games
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flyingmunky  +   544d ago
It is really up to developers to utilize it and make it appealing for us. I just hope that it doesn't get the same stigma as the 6 axis did. Barely any dev made use of the 6 axis function in the ps3 controller, probably due to how we responded to early games like Lair.
PSVita  +   544d ago
You could use it to write or drawn like scribblenauts.
HiGwA  +   543d ago
C'mon dude, use your brain...
1) controlling your cell phone in games like Watch Dogs or GTAV
2) Uses in RTS menu Navigation.
3) Quicker weapon switching in FPS games ( quick directional swipes get you to your eight carried weapons).

I can think of all sorts of functionality for this... You sound like the iPhone trolls of 2007 saying that the touch screen keyboard was a "Stupid Design"
_QQ_  +   543d ago
1)it's not a screen so i don't see how it would help control your cellphone in watchdogs, plus its too small for that.
2)consoles don't have any RTS games, good ones at least, plus if they did, playing on the controller's tiny touchpad would be worse than gaming on a laptop,
3) pressing one button is faster than swiping a touch pad.
PS4 will be awesome but lets face it, the touchpad is a useless gimmick.
HiGwA  +   543d ago
1. The type of control I'm talking about is "Gesture Based" if the screen of the phone is on the TV screen, you could easly swipe through your phone options while still driving (unlike GTA VI which used the dpad for such navigation forcing you to take your finger off the Left analog stick).
2. RTSs suck on consoles because of the user interface (the controller), but I see your point on the size, I would have to use it first to draw a conclusion.
3. Think about the rotary menues of games like FarCry 3, rather than having a pop-up menu with a button press and using the analog stick to choose your option, imagine no button press and a swipe in the direction of the desired weapon... You never get pulled out of the game to go into a menu...

I can't conclude on the usefulness and functionality of the touch screen until I use it, and yes, the PS4 will be awesome.
Persistantthug  +   543d ago
virtual buttons
unlimited extra virtual buttons.....

How about that?
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_QQ_  +   543d ago
agreed, it will just end up being used as extra buttons.you are a brave man though, criticising sony on N4G.
GribbleGrunger  +   544d ago
I've said this from the first showing of the new controller and until now I was the ONLY person saying it. Damn it, I knew I should have written an article about this.
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MikeMyers  +   544d ago
Yup, I remember. Props to you. I still think it could be something like the Apple Trackpad.

http://www.apple.com/ca/mag...
GribbleGrunger  +   544d ago
I don't know if it will have a flip up screen ... it's just that curl over the back of the controller that throws me. Why? aesthetics? Maybe. It would make for one hell of a reveal at E3 though.

Oh, and thanks for verifying that I did actually say this before lol. I reread what I wrote and realised how pretentious it sounded. I wish you could edit as many times as you like on this site.

And a bubble, sir. Partly because of your verification but largely because I have misinterpreted your motives in the past ... for which I'm sorry.
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MikeMyers  +   544d ago
No problem and I do hope you're right at E3. I'm looking forward to finding out more about the PS4.
PinkFunk  +   544d ago
Just a couple o guys, chewin some gum, reminiscin of days gone by.
Bathyj  +   544d ago
You called it Gribble, and I remember it clearly.
So much so in fact that when I read the title I thought, oh, just like Gribble said.

Whether this happens or not, I dont know.
Regardless, bubble + for intelligence.
maniacmayhem  +   543d ago
I admit you did say it. Good eye.
Red_Devilz  +   544d ago
Holy mother of Video Gaming!
Legendary-Status  +   544d ago
Lol that touchpad or whatever it is in the middle has me clueless hmm like they rveal the controller but we have no clue what it's biggest feature is! Lol all cool ill sit tight till E3.
KingKevo  +   543d ago
Sounds really interesting and could very well be true.
pankajsc96  +   543d ago
touch Pad could open doors for RTS games on consoles which I really miss.
I wish for C&C, WoW, Company of Heroes 2, Commando
Florence21  +   543d ago
Should just keep it with the touchpad in the middle not flipping... doing to much now
Robotronfiend  +   543d ago
I had a controller like that 20 years ago... on my Sega Dreamcast.
Drainage  +   543d ago
its detachable because thats where the 2 AA batteries go in from
ziggurcat  +   543d ago
can't help but think of this:

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josh14399  +   543d ago
The reason it looks like that is because it's also a button (you can click it like a mouse button). source: http://kotaku.com/5985921/a...
stuntman_mike  +   543d ago
will that be for stashing your spliffs in there?
_FantasmA_  +   543d ago
I want this thing more and more everyday. They had me at PS3 but man PS4 is on whole other level of epicness. I feel like gaming will take control of me again like in the late 90s and early 00s. Can't wait. PS4Life!
TemplarDante  +   543d ago
And here you have it folks,
Alien technology :)
You wanted cross game chat? I bet it has a touch screen under that with an option that states "touch here to instantaenously zap to friends location"

PS4 Believe!
Soldierone  +   543d ago
Why didn't they put it on the back like the Vita? It wasn't hard to get used to the Vita at all, and all they would need to do is widen the grips to avoid accidental contact.

On the back you have an extra finger to use. If you don't want to use that, then taking your finger off a shoulder button is a lot better and more comfortable. Try it with the current controller. Imagine a touch pad on the front then imagine it on the back.
TuxedoMoon  +   543d ago
Maybe you can stick a VMU screen thing there...or a SUPER rumble pack or a texting Keyboard! Holy crap! The possibilities!
RE_L_MAYER  +   543d ago
Its not a touch pad its a camera so you can facechat while playing a game
latinillusion81  +   543d ago
I think it's a secret stash spot where you can hide your weed
fatstarr  +   543d ago
lol the good old ps2 days
fatstarr  +   543d ago
its neither, giving Sony too much credit. its just regular 1 piece. they wouldn't be so innovative to do this and also that would be shown off as a feature to get different controller clips to immerse your self in different ways in the games.
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Killabites  +   543d ago
Sod the touch pad what is that speaker for?
soundslike  +   543d ago
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gaffyh  +   542d ago
No virus, false positive from Kaspersky and NOD32 heuristic scanner, most likely just picking up the ad server as a virus.

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HmongAmerican  +   543d ago
If this is true I don't want to think about the price on that controller. More feature on controller mean more $$ to spent.
hadouken007  +   542d ago
I think the touch pad should be detachable, and be able to snap on a small optional lcd info screen, or just use it as a straight controller without either. Anyways opinion here.
Shacojin  +   542d ago
Probably some NFC component will be implemented to the control since Sony seems intent on applying it to everything Sony branded

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