DualShock PlayStation controller to be ditched by Sony, reports gaming site

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Gaming website Computer and Video Games (CVG) reports that according to an anonymous source—”a senior games studio source working on an upcoming Sony game”—that Sony has plans to abandon the sixteen-year-old DualShock design and is developing a new PlayStation controller to be released together with the fourth PlayStation.

CVG’s source claims that they are trying out several technologies, including biometric sensors and touch-enabled screens, to implement in the new design. A second source whom CVG says is also connected to Sony told the site that PlayStation engineers are attempting to “emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita,” possibly referring to the touch panels on the Vita.

Plans of a new controller will be hopefully be unveiled with or before the release of the PlayStation 4. No formal announcement has been made as to when it will be released, but several sources have claimed that the fourth iteration of the gaming console will probably be out in late 2013 and that it will be called the PlayStation Orbis.

Sources: CVG, G4 and T3