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A web-site has published what is believed to be a prototype of a gamepad for the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console from Sony Computer Entertainment. While the controller inherits all the classic buttons of the PlayStation, it also features a small touch-screen that will be mostly used as a touchpad.

The photo published by Destructoid web-site depicts a gamepad controller with PlayStation logotype with traditional face buttons, two analog sticks, D-pad shoulder triggers as well as small screen and a speaker. The “select” and “start” buttons are no longer present, which suggests that Sony decided to implement their functionality using touchscreen. The display does not seem to be big, but it will clearly add some flexibility that developers might want for their next-generation titles. In addition, the touchscreen will help Sony to provide more consistent experience with portable game console. The controller also has embedded blue light emitter, which may mean that it will have similar functionality as Sony's Move controller.

In fact, Sony itself may need additional functionality out of its controller. According to the latest issue of the Edge magazine, Sony PlayStation 4 will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no performance penalty) and allow users to edit the videos as well as post them to YouTube or other web-sites.

While the controller looks finished, it is also rather bulky, which may mean that this is not the final edition of the device.

Sony PlayStation 4 code-named Orbis is expected to be based on eight-core system-on-chip with eight AMD Jaguar x86 cores as well as custom AMD Radeon HD graphics processing unit. The new PlayStation will also feature a hard disk drive as well as Blu-ray disc optical disc drive. The new PlayStation is expected to be capable of running video games in stereo-3D mode in full-HD (1920*1080) resolution and upscale video content to 4K-class resolutions (3840*2160)

To maintain compatibility with previous-generation video games, Sony will use its Gaikai video game streaming service that will render those titles remotely and deliver the images using video streaming over the Internet.

Sony did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Sony, Playstation, Orbis, Odin, Omni, Blu-ray, 4K, UHD

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I am not for any of this LCD stuff on controllers for ANY next gen console it's distracting, When I am playing a game my focus is on the action happening on screen, Look down for a split second and it's all over most of the time! About the only good use I see for it is a clock so you can say SHIT it's time for bed as it reads 2am and you need to get up for work in 4 hours!
Same as my Logitech keyboard on pc, 99% of the time it just has the useful clock on there to remind me to GET OFF at some point.
3 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 02/14/13 08:32:55 PM]
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I think the idea of the added functionality is to create more immersion. But I stopped playing games sometime around 1997, so I come from theoretical perspective only. But I am quite interested in the PS4 - particularly what multimedia/ services it will have.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/15/13 04:06:59 AM]
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I don't mind having another possibility of playing more enjoyable games because of added functionality. LCD screen can be such a feature.

We look back to the past when movies have no audio track. We may think "how can you enjoy a movie with no sound?"

Years later, people may think "how can you enjoy games with dumb (non-interactive) controllers?"
0 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 02/15/13 06:28:00 AM]
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