Rumors of the death of Sony’s PS4 controller thumbsticks are—hopefully—greatly exaggerated.
I know I’ve said we should always abandon all this next-gen rumor-mongering, but I simply must comment in this latest little bit of possible information at the redesigned PS4 “SplitShock” controller, although it’s all rumor and speculation stemming from questionable leaks.
We’ve heard already that the controller will likely have touch support, either at the front or rear (or both) of the controller, resulting in one of the vital buttons being moved around a chunk. Apparently the controller will appear and feel rather identical to the DualShock, but can have other changes in addition.
Reports have also suggested the controller could have Move motion technology inbuilt, and that it may be a modular controller which might be split in half and retooled with various custom attachments (that is an exceptional idea if true.)
Now VGRevolution is reporting that the PS4 controller may abandon thumbsticks altogether in favor of these rumored front-facing touch pads, if their source (apparently a PR agency) is accurate.
From the object sent to VGRevolution:
The first and most immediate change when a client looks on the SplitShock is the removal of the analogue sticks and the inclusion of touchpads of their place. The touchpads serve the similar function because the analogue sticks.
When a shopper isn’t playing a game, the SplitShock touchpads function as a track pad with both halves creating a larger area to swipe and choose items. The touchpads also are fully programmable by developers. This provides them the liberty to make use of the touchpads as they see fit. As an instance, if the sport doesn’t require analogue controls, the touchpads can be utilized as an alternative input device. This permits games ported from IOS or Android the power to retain their original control scheme.
Meanwhile, it can render PS4 games almost as useless because the overwhelming majority of touch-based mobile games on the market.