My Thoughts On The Rumored Playstation Controller
At this point there is a very large chance that the leaked photos that surfaced of the new PlayStation controller, presumably for the rumored PlayStation 4, are in fact real. If they are, this means that Sony would be for the first time abandoning the classic DualShock design for a slightly updated version. This originally was tried with the Playstation 3 with a prototype boomerang controller, however there was much received backlash from consumers, and therefore Sony created the SixAxis, and then the PS3 DualShock. From the looks of it, this does not change the DualShock formula that much, the buttons, sticks, and d-pad are in the same place, however have been slightly altered. The sticks now have an indent in the top, similar to the Xbox 360 controller, and the d-pad seems to be massively improved due to Nintendo’s expired patent on the iconic button set. The base buttons seem to be unchanged. I am happy with these improvements, as I have always had a problem with the PS3′s non indented sticks, as my thumbs slide around constantly. While I also disliked the d-pad on the PS3 controller, nothing is as horrible as the one on the Xbox 360 controller, which was seldom used as an actual d-pad, and more for extra buttons.
Now there is the issue of the screen. The screen seems to be a nice addition to the controller, and to be used as more of a menu device and not as much of a “second screen” that exists on the Wii U. I would be surprised if it did not have a touch screen, as it does not appear to have its own separate set of buttons and therefore it seems to rely off of a touch screen. This seems like it might have the capability to be a second screen, however to be outdone by the Wii U in that regard. Next there is the rumored share button which will allow you to share whatever you are doing on your favorite social networks, and I must say, if this is true and executed correctly, it will be a game changer in online gaming. Imagine finishing a game of your favorite first person shooter and racking up an awesome score. You can just push a button, and that game is instantly shared to your Facebook friends. It would be an excellent idea if implemented properly. In the mean time, take this controller with a grain of salt, however I wouldn’t be surprised if the final product resembles this in some way,