Report: Sony moving away from the DualShock controller design for PlayStation 4
If CVG is to be believed, then when the PlayStation 4 finally arrives, the age of the DualShock controller–which has become synonymous with PlayStation since its launch in 1997–will end.
Citing industry sources connected to Sony, the site reported that Sony's R&D department has been working extensively on the new controller for the PlayStation 3's successor (currently known by the codename "Orbis"), with prototypes featuring all sorts of new features like biometric sensors and an LCD touch screen. Another source, meanwhile, claimed that the controller's engineers are "trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita." Most likely, this means Sony will try to tightly integrate its console and handheld systems by incorporating the Vita's touch-screen capabilities into the new controller.
Though it's possible that the controller for Sony's next console will forego the DualShock design, the report also states the possibility of PS3 controllers being compatible with the PS4 and serving as secondary controllers for the system, much like how Wii Remotes are used for the Wii U.
However, Sony's complex relationship with Immersion, the patent-holder of DualShock's rumble tech, may prove a roadblock to that possibility. A few years back, Immersion sued Sony, claiming the company had used its technology without permission, which led to Sony paying over $150 million in damages. Currently, the license agreement with Immersion lasts until 2017, but the deal's complications may have compelled Sony to abandon the DualShock and pursue new tech and ideas for the next console's controller.
Interestingly, CVG claims the PlayStation 4 will be revealed "in a matter of weeks, not months." Sony, however, has declined to say anything, as usual. So until the company makes their next-gen plans clear, feel free to take the claims of the end of DualShock with a few grains of salt. After all, let's not forget the ‘banana' controller Sony originally had showcased with the PS3 before the console's launch, and how the current DualShock controller quickly took its place.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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