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Is This The PS4 Controller?

Photo appears that suggests the touch pad and Move rumours are true, and is that the dev kit?

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According to Destructoid, this image has been floating around the internet today, although it appears to originate from their site. It’s impossible to say whether it’s the real thing or not, but chances are it’s either a sneaky photo of a PS4 dev kit (and controller) or an elaborate mock-up based on rumours.

Either way, that looks like a central touch pad, tweaked analog controllers and a coloured strip on the top, likely to be the Move strip that has also been rumoured recently. It also looks like it’s using a d-pad from a Vita, which is a good thing.

That thing in the back that looks like it’s from the 70s? Probably a development kit, the machine that developers are using to build their PS4 games – presumably the same innards as a real PS4 but obviously in a very different outer box. It looks like the controller has a tiny button near the touch pad – is that the (also rumoured) ‘Share’ button?

You can also see the cameras on the dev kit in the background.

So what’s new? In order, then, top row left to right are: a USB 3 port (it says 2 but that just means the second port); one of two cameras on the dev kit (but are likely to be mounted on a Kinect-like array); the ‘share’ or ‘option’ button and finally the PS button and what appears to be a speaker grill.

Bottom row is the touch pad; the Move strip (that’ll presumably change colour depending on the surroundings, like the Move stick); a redesigned analog stick (the d pad is also new and looks just like the one on the Vita) and finally what looks like a headphone jack underneath the PS button.

Note that – even if this is real (as Kotaku seem to think) – it’s still technically a prototype and the final design may well be totally different. Sony are expected to reveal the PS4 next week in New York, so we’ll likely find out for sure then.

Via Destructoid, via GAF.

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73 Comments
  1. job
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Yes

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:35.
  2. Blair Inglis
    hisnameisblair
    Since: May 2009

    Quite clunky, but probably a real prototype.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:36.
  3. ashw92
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    That is not a pretty piece of kit. Let’s hope it gets refined.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:37.
    • Fartinabag
      Member
      Since: Feb 2013

      Quite clearly it will. It’s enough for developers to develop with, whilst the product units are designed.

      Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 23:41.
  4. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    Looks interesting, nice and simple, hopefully it is a prototype as it’d be nice to see it looking a bit more sleek.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:41.
  5. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    That is ugly I mean really, I don’t like it, they best put the six axis controller in the box too

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:43.
  6. wick15
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I hope not. Looks horrible. It looks like a third party PS3 controller you would expect to find in Game. Hopefully just a prototype.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:43.
    • wick15
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Also. If that’s a dev kit PS4. Anyone else notice the USB 3.0? Would be nice to see it becoming used more commonly.

      Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:46.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Matches all the rumours.

        It’s clearly a prototype – the finished version will be much slicker.

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:53.
      • wick15
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Yeah, it does look like a prototype. Some interesting features in it. Looks like it has a speaker on the front, not entirely sure what it would be used for though. Unless it’s a mic for voice input?

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:59.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Also has eight leds at the front.. one for each core?

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:00.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Probably a mic and speaker array, yeah.

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:03.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Oh yeah, 8 LEDs. And USB 3?

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:05.
    • wick15
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Certainly looks like USB 3.0. Not sure what the 8 LEDs are for. Possibly for each core like Tuffcub said.

      Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:16.
      • Avenger
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        Yeah I see what you mean, I can see the blue read strip on the port just about. Should be good external HDDs providing they do use it.

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 08:40.
      • eye8have9you3
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        more likely the leds are there to show how many controllers are connected, like the xbox?

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 10:13.
  7. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Yeah, that looks pretty ugly, but it’s similar to what i’ve been imagining based on the rumours.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 20:55.
  8. ultimatepunchrod
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    What could you use that small of a touch screen for?

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:11.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      Virtual keyboard perhaps, would be handy if it does because i can’t see my clip-on keyboard fitting that controller. :)

      Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:54.
  9. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    that is one ugly controller, I hope it looks nothing like that. Those sticks look horrendously awkward to play on.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:25.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      If you think that’s bad have a look at these shots of “Is this the PS4 controller”, I hope not.
      http://www.vgrevolution.com/2013/02/rumored-playstation-4-controller-information-with-images-and-details/

      Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 22:22.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        No, it’s not. Looks like someone got duped.

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 23:24.
      • cam the man
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        It says in the report that if it’s not the DS4 (i think that’s a cert) then it may be the new Move controller, which would make more sense, but it looks like someone’s taken all the rumours (touchpad, share button etc.) and mashed it up.

        Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 23:33.
  10. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Looks nice.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:28.
    • Awayze
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      except those horrible analogues, keep them how they are.

      Comment posted on 14/02/2013 at 21:29.

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