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Prototype PlayStation 4 controller?

The image above (via Destructoid) may be our first look at the PlayStation 4's prototype controller. Its origin is indeterminate but it looks believable, lining up with scuttlebutt that the controller will have a reworked design complete with integral touchscreen.

The thicker, wider model appears to be hooked up to a devkit, with a lighted bump on top which may allow built-in Move support. Previous d-pads were more segmented than this nearly-cross shaped input device; the analog sticks look a bit odd; and sure, why not throw in a speaker.

Keep in mind that the PlayStation 3's controller once looked like a shiny plastic boomerang, so there's a very good chance the design will change at least a bit by the time it's in your hands.

We'll likely know more when Sony has its meeting next week.

9 comments

  • dcobs123 - February 14, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    Not much to look at but it seems more ergonomic than the ds3 and that's all I really care about. i just hope they fixed the R2 and L2.
  • Demonshout - February 14, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    It doesn't look too bad, even if it was the real deal and not a prototype I could live with it. I love the idea of a built in mic too.
  • Timstertimster - February 14, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    It's probably a speaker/mic combo for multiplayer. You'll still get game sound through HDMI but your psn friends now can yell at you without having to have a gaming headset. Here's hoping for an easy MUTE button...
  • Z-man427 - February 14, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Calm down, it's just a dev kit prototype. It'll look better at launch.
  • SVC5 - February 14, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    It looks like it has speaker in the front which i REALLY don't like. I hated playing wii and having cheap noises come out of the wiimote.
  • kistler - February 14, 2013 2 p.m.

    it looks ugly
  • Talvari - February 14, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Hope they change the thumbsticks for the proper version..They ugly :| Interesting design anywho, so long as it's comfortable.
  • Tjwoods18 - February 14, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    Right now it just looks too much like a off brand gaming controller. Here's to hoping that it will change.
  • shawksta - February 14, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    hah, yeah, that PS3 Boomerang was just off. This one looks alright, if its real, lets see what happens later on.

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