Remember when we talked about the PS4 controller back on the 3rd of January, and suggested it will probably have a touch pad of some sort?
It looks like we weren’t too far off the ball. In fact, we were pretty much spot on. Lucky guess? Coincidence? We’ll let you decide on that one.
“Whilst we don’t think there’ll be a touch screen on the new controller, there might be a touchable surface, populated with the same little icons that the Vita’s rear touch pad is,” we said.
“It could be on the back, in the middle, but it could also be on the front. If it is, this’ll expand the potential control possibilities without forcing an entirely new change of direction.”
“Try it: hold a Dual Shock 3 – your thumbs can just about reach that bit in the middle with the PS button that does nothing of any merit during a game other than to bring up the XMB. Imagine if that area around it was a little square that you could interact with, pulling apart, swiping, twisting. It’s a gearbox on Gran Turismo, a weapon changer on God Of War, a sniper zoom in Killzone.”
Well, it appears that’s exactly the case, at least on the current dev kits.
According to Kotaku, who appear to have a considerable leak of “90 PDFs”, there’s a “capacitive touch pad” exactly like the one on the Vita, that can recognise two-point multi touch. It’s also clickable.
The leak also points to tilt correction, vibration, and a “share” button.
There’s also, separate from this particular leak, the notion of fully integrated Move technology. It’s also possible that PSN accounts can be tied to individual controllers…
For more on what we want to see from the PS4, click here.