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New PS4 Controller Shot Confirms Headphone Jack On Bottom

Different angle, different confirmation.

A new shot of the prototype PlayStation 4 controller has emerged this afternoon, and it’s from a much better angle. That little nub on the bottom which wasn’t clear before is now obviously a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it’s now clearer that there are two buttons next to the touch pad.

It also looks a little more svelte from this angle, and that touch pad looks a bit wider. About the same ratio as a 16:9 TV, perhaps? It’s all rather exciting, although by this time next week all this speculation will hopefully be lost in the ether – Sony will reveal the PS4 in full on Wednesday.

Sources: GameTrailers, GAF, Gaming Age, Twitter.

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45 Comments
  1. Peter Chapman
    Team TSA: Editor
    Since: Forever

    Makes the whole thing look a bit nicer too, although I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of the new curves instead of the nice corners on the DS3.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:14.
    • Jakster123x
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Immediately it looks a lot better than it did in yesterdays picture. Someone get a shot of the back now please. Thanks.

      Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 17:09.
  2. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    The same ratio as a 16:9 TV rather than same dimensions?

    I don’t like this controller. It looks cheap. But it could well just be a prototype anyhow. And whatever they reveal next week isn’t guaranteed to be final anyway- NGP changed only a little before the Vita released, but the boomerang? Haha.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:18.
    • ultimatepunchrod
      Member
      Since: Sep 2009
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        Was that real though?

        Either way, it wasn’t revealed at the Playstation Meeting anyway- that NGP was pretty much the Vita.

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 19:06.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Are you sure that’s a Vita prototype and not a PSPgo prototype?

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 23:08.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Yep – early Vitas looked very much like the Go. I tried one ages before it looked anything like a Vita.

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 23:16.
    • CR8ZYH0RSE
      Member
      Since: Sep 2012

      When they mentioned they had a few prototypes before settling for the vita one it really pissed me off.As all bar one had no joysticks on them even though it’s what the public wanted.How close did the vita come to not having joysticks.Shows how much they listen.

      Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 20:10.
  3. hol
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    As a long term Playstation gamer, I really like the look of that. It looks a touch bigger too than the current DS3.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:25.
    • seravok
      Member
      Since: Oct 2011

      And a tad bigger controller might be welcome in Europe. Even if I dont have massive hands, I believe them to be bigger than the regular pair of asian hands. The controller does feel a bitt small at times.

      Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 20:14.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      My hands stopped growing a long time ago so i think for me it’s more to do with the sloping triggers on the DS3 which have made it uncomfortable to hold at times. I do agree though a slightly wider controller would be a good thing.

      Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 20:35.
  4. wick15
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    This is much better image than the first. Certainly looks a lot better than the first image led me to believe.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:25.
  5. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    That’s one Chunky monkey
    I gotta say I like the overall aesthetic of it apart from how deep it appears to be

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:27.
  6. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Those thumbsticks still look pretty bad.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:34.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I think the thumbsticks look lovely. They’ve kept their convex style but routed the edge so our thumbs have far more to press against.

      Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:54.
      • Kennykazey
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        I have some caps for my DS3 that looks like that, and they are painful.

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 17:48.
  7. ultimatepunchrod
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    That looks much better. Still not sure how useful the touch pad will be since it’s so small, but we will see. Much more excited about this now if it’s the real deal.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:36.
  8. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    They surely won’t have a headphone jack in the real version?
    Excuse my ignorance on this next part, but to wirelessly (because I’m guessing the “real” version will be wireless) transfer sound from TV to controller is a) slightly pointless b) an extra cost that isn’t needed in developing it and most importantly c) will kill the battery of the controller.
    Factor in the battery drain on the the speakers, move light and sensors and you have your self a battery draining controller.

    All prototype I know, but I haven’t seen that being discussed yet.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:40.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      I also wouldn’t want to be connected to my gamepad by my head – How many times are you gonna forget & put the pad down, only to be dragging it behind you by your head!

      Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:57.
      • Peter Chapman
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        lol!
        This is how the 360 wired headset works, so there’s a huge proportion of the console market that’s already used to it.

        Also, kjkg, battery tech has come a long, long way since the design of the DS3. With less space and less weight, for a similar cost, the new controller could probably have a longer battery life with all the new drains on it intact. Not that you’d know that from the Vita/3DS…

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 17:01.
      • wonkey-willy
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        At my last count about 8 times forest..
        I have murdered no less than 7 ms headsets.some have drowned on my bear some i have fell asleep on.
        Currently my turtle beach is being held together by resin and luck …

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 17:08.
      • kjkg
        Member
        Since: Apr 2010

        I’ll take your word for it Peter ;) Just would be very disappointed if the battery was poor, the DS3 has a fantastic battery length.

        Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 17:39.
    • Sheepdip
      Member
      Since: Feb 2013

      A headphone jack on each controller is a nice touch, as it means different audio can be sent to each gamer, opening up loads of new gameplay possibilities….

      Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 08:02.
  9. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    I’ll wait to until I get one in my hands before I judge it. I’d rather a comfortable controller than a pretty one.

    Maybe that pad will be used as a mouse pointer for some apps. With its clickable function maybe it could be used as a buzzer in buzz as well.

    I think the idea of a headphone jack in the controller, then you can leave more wireless ports free for controllers. At least there are no Move balls on it, that really would look silly.

    I imagine that the controller will be refined to as small as size as possible so that it can fit little Japanese hands. Even the xbox needed to release a smaller controller in Japan.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:41.
  10. anthro
    Member
    Since: Apr 2011

    Hmmm… Speaker on controller + headphone port = Built-in headset? Could be a killer feature, that.

    Comment posted on 15/02/2013 at 16:42.

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