This is the PS4’s controller prototype, for real

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Let this day mark the day of the end of rumours, rumours about next-gen stuff and may all gamers be satisfied and read some real articles. Pictures have surfaced of what sources have confirmed to be the prototype for Sony’s PlayStation 4 controller complete with (censored), (censored) and (censored).

First, take a look at this picture – the new controller is rather fugly, just saying.


And NOW, take a look at this very in-depth analysis:

As you can see the controller has some kind of glossy touch surface, this will probably be used a touch pad or over sized screen to flash some messages to you, display the time, or calendar or some other useless app. Or just be a touch pad, you know, it’s kind of self explanatory. There’s also a very apparent blue LED at the top of the controller, very similar to that on the PlayStation Move. This could only mean that motion control will be integrated into the controller, which kind of defeats the purpose of the PlayStation Move.

The speaker or microphone on the controller is no doubt there for some kind of voice command, the thought that it might be there for voice conferencing also comes to mind, however, that is what headsets are for. Unless sony is trying to put every single possible peripheral used for PlayStation into one controller, one can only assume that they are trying to integrate new features into the controller. Everything else on the controller seems to be standard with minor design changes, other than that there’s an unknown port which can be used for any number of things.

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Last Updated: February 15, 2013

  • GTO

    Seems to me like Sony wants to be like nintendo and have all these cool feautres to come standard in consoles but are to scared to jump in with both feet like Nintendo does. So they put watered down versons in. This is assuming everything is what we think it is on the controller.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    USED GAME !!!!!
    ROFL ROFL header is soooo much win!

    • FoxOneZA

      Maybe it even makes noises LOL

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        I can only imagine!

  • Banana Jim

    GAH! What an ugly monstrosity. I hope that they make a classic dual shock for all the old fuggies like me, and this new touchy-thing for the younguns.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      We all know how the younguns like to touchy.

      • Darth_Clericus_The_Ultimate

        True, but that doesnt take away from the fact that this is the Susan Boyle of controllers….

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          It dreams a dream?

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            It dreams a mouse/keyboard 😉

          • haha!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            HAHAHA, winner

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Agreed, bloody hideous. Give me a 360 controller any day.

    • Commander Ricky

      Multiple sources have confirmed that the photo is real, but is an “early prototype”…so ugly or not, this isn’t the final product.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    That being said, I think its quite bulky. It may be used as home defence weapon!

    • FoxOneZA

      Looks like the Logitech TF something.

  • Macethy

    What possible use could the speaker have?

    • Macethy

      And where are the Start/Select buttons?

      • Deon Steyn

        Maybe they will use the touch pad?

    • The speaker on the Wii mote and Wii gamepad are used to excellent effect actually – so I’m not unhappy to see it on the DS4.

      • Doe

        Exactly man! SCREW ALL THESE NAYSAYERS!!! >=

    • FoxOneZA

      To play siren noises…

  • Trevor Davies

    Where do you plug in the mouse & keyboard? *cough*

    • Banana Jim

      Next to the USB toaster… It can be done. Actually I have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse enabled for the PS3. Works well for the internet browser…

  • Jonah Cash

    The dpad doesn’t look like a good idea…. That is probably the only thing the PS3 controller had over on the Xbox 360 controller!! Now it looks like they want to ruin their dpad as well!!

  • e1ace

    Does no one else see the other button on the exact opposite side as the ‘share button?

    I’m guessing those are still the start and select buttons?

  • Uberutang

    How drop proof would be ds4 be? Controllers are always falling of things.

    • FoxOneZA

      I found the DS3 to be quite drop proof.

      • Banana Jim

        Yeah, my DS3s are constantly falling off things, or being pushed off desks, or falling because one of the cats pulled on the USB cable, or I accidentally drop it. Or the missus accidentally drops them or they fall off a pile of games…

        Sturdy buggers. The PS2 and PSOne controllers are the same. Those things have seen wars, and what amazes me, they still works…

  • matthurstrsa

    I just threw up a bit in my mouth.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      That was better right? Than the controller I mean

      • Sir Captain Rincethis


  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    It’s like a plastic factory, a PS3 controller, and a doped up Andy Warhole got together for a threesome Thing is bloody ugly.

  • Banana Jim

    Just allow me to use my old PS3 dualshock. You don’t mess with perfection!

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Not backwards compatible:P LOL

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        They are doing some “backwards” action there with the guys. Vaseline required

        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          Cough* lol

  • What is this world coming to:( …. Swag, Justin Bieber, E-Toll.. iPone 5, Aliens (we all know how sad that was) Instagram, end of the world predictions, Bafana bafana… now this.. Sad panda is sad. Im not complaining about the controller although I dont like the idea much, the 2nd hand game market, the always online… They expect that wherever there products go people have only the best internet and enough money to pocket out R800 for a new game they aren’t even sure of it being any good.

  • Well the other question is do you buy it when it releases or wait for all the usual hardware bugs to get sorted out…

    P.S that header is pure WIN!

  • Doe

    I think we should rather reserve our opinions untill more concrete facts have been released. Sure, it looks it bit stodgy, but we all know looks can be deceiving!

    I mean, I’m sure you guys have all been with a lil’ porker who had absolutely mad b***j*b skills right? ;P

  • FoxOneZA

    Controller is too small for man sized hands. It’s going to cause cramps during those endurance races.

  • Eetcarr

    Why’s it so much uglier? vok man

  • just threw up

  • Reaver

    I actually like it

    That possible share buttong is possibly crap because, as someone pointed out on another site, the same button is on the right of the touch screen as well…..look closely


  • Tbone187

    Sony really know how to drop the ball when it comes to controllers…

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