By Binu Paul email: email@example.com | Jan 20, 2013 06:12 AM EST
Sony seems to be walking to an era of PlayStation controllers sans DualShock. Yes, you read it right, Sony may retire the traditional dual-analog stick design, or the DualShock, that features those iconic four geometrically labeled buttons and four bumpers to squeeze that the Gaming world has been playing around for the last 16 years or so.
According to recent reports, Sony's PlayStation 4 may hit the market around the middle of the year and when it does, you may find a new version of a controller that will include biometric sensors and an LCD touch screen, CVG reported.
Although no glimpse of the new design is out, it is speculated that Sony may fit the biometric sensors on the grips of the controller and the LCD touchscreen may sit right in the center of the device.
Citing an unnamed senior games studio source, the report said the new system's controller has undergone numerous iterations, of which, very few resembles the DualShock build. Referring to the touch-screen capabilities of the PlayStation handheld, a second source said the PlayStation engineers are "trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita," which can also be seen as an indication that the device maker may integrate its portable and home systems as well.
However, CVG or the Computer and Video Games revealed that the console, codenamed Orbis, will be unveiled in a few weeks.
It's highly unlikely that the company will completely write off the DualShock controller. It would rather be that the iconic device will not be the primary controller for the next PlayStation. It may function as a secondary controller, something like how the Wii remotes work with Nintendo's Wii U.
"The new PS4 controller design, which remains a closely guarded secret across the PlayStation organisation, is expected to break new mould for Sony. The biometric tech, in particular, is something games studios such as Valve are interested in due to its function as a heart beat sensor," the DVG report said.
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