The PS4’s controller’s getting touchy

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I don’t know about you – but I’m growing pretty tired of the rumours surrounding the next gen consoles. It’s time for some solid, hard facts from the platform holders. Unfortunately, that’s just not happening right now, because Microsoft and Sony would still like people to buy their current consoles; so we’ll have to make do with rumours and hearsay for the moment. The latest is more of a confirmation of previous ones – regarding the redesigned Dualshock.

According to VG247’s sources, the previous rumours about the new controller sporting a Vita-styled touchpad on its face are spot on – but there is something that differs. Edge previously reported that the new Playstation controller would feature a social-gaming “share button,” which new sources say is nonsense.

They also say that the Dualshock’s triggers have been redesigned – which is a good thing, because as they are now, they’re awful. I’d give anything for proper triggers on the Dualshock, as opposed to those squishy, slippery things that sit there now. It’s something slightly remedied by third-party accessories, but real triggers would go a long way to making the Dualshock a better controller.

More rumours – and no way to find out whether they’re genuine or not until Sony’s big event next week; if of course, that it is actually for the PS4 and not something Vita related.

On that note, Microsoft has cautioned Sony about its possible reveal event, saying that while those who follow the industry might care, the actual consumers likely won’t even know of its existence.

“Whatever gets announced on February 20th, the majority of UK consumers won’t know,” said UK Xbox boss Jon Grimes to MCV.

“They’ll still want to buy the devices out there. Our job is not to get lost in the industry chatter, but to ensure that the consumers going into stores, going online, still experience Xbox. The announcement is important for the industry, but it is also important to remember who is buying right now.”

Sounds a little defensive to me – and I’m really quite curious to see what Sony has up its sleeve. We’ll find out on February 20, I guess.

Here are some tips for Sony from Gametrailers about the event. It’s worth a watch.

Last Updated: February 14, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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