Another image of the prototype controller dug up by Destructoid yesterday has emerged.
Providing us with a better view of the controller, the picture allows to see what changes have been made to the DualShock. One of the most notable features is a loudspeaker resting just under the touchpad. According to Digital Foundry (who Tweeted the picture below), the speaker will be linked to the controllers PlayStation Move features that the Orbis is reportedly going to have. The blue light at the front of the controller is thought to operate in the same fashion as the current PS Move by allowing itself to be tracked by the PlayStation Eye.
The controller is also sporting what looks to be a headphone or headset input. This feature is currently fitted onto the Xbox 360. The touchpad will likely work in the same way as the Vita with multitouch and may even be able to function in gameplay by doing things such as targeting for shooters as an example. The overall design of the controller is way more curved than the current DualShock and with the exception of the joysticks, is far less raised. You’ll notice that the D-Pad and the face buttons are level with the touchpad and the handgrips which shows that it seems to be taking more inspiration from the Xbox controller. The D-Pad itself is of new design that bears similarity to the Vita’s with it being one body instead of four separate buttons.
Whilst this is only a prototype, it’ll be interesting to see what Sony shows us on Wednesday which of course assumes they’ll show us anything related to the PlayStation 4 at all.
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