Alleged PlayStation 4 controller reports surface

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Reports and rumors about Sony's next-generation PlayStation, typically known as the PlayStation 4 (PS4), have been flying for months now.

Previously, a number of reports claimed the PlayStation 4 might lose the DualShock game pad design we're familiar with from the current generation PS3. The latest speculation?

Well, according to the most recent round of rumors concerning the controller, the PlayStation 4 will employ a device that is "more or less" the same shape as the PS3 controller.

However, there will be some significant differences for the new game console, namely the Start and Select buttons in the center will be moved to make room for a touchpad. The rumors also claim the L2 in our R2 shoulder buttons have been remodeled, with the previously alleged "Share" button phased out before production.

As you may recall, reports of a Share button was first mentioned by a publication known as Edge, which claimed: "A new Share button on the controller will, when pressed, launch a new feature that will allow screenshots and video to be distributed online. The PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet."

As expected, game studio executives have previously stated that the PlayStation 4 controller has undergone numerous redesigns, which would indicate that there's a high chance the controller could change yet again. The console is expected to officially launch in late 2013 in the US.