PS3 News: Mock PS4 Designs Include "Flexible Touchscreen Tech" - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Mock PS4 Designs Include "Flexible Touchscreen Tech"

Most will say it's still far too early to talk about the next PlayStation, but try telling that to the rumor mill. It just can't help itself.

For instance, we've already heard that Sony has supposedly decided upon the specs for the PS4, which quickly incited a firestorm of discussion. And now, in speaking to PlayStation: The Official Magazine, freelance designer Tai Chiem has provided us with some prototype pics of what Sony's machine could look like. It's all sorts of futuristic with plenty of style and panache, and a definite departure from your standard PlayStation designs of the past. Said Chiem:

"[I wanted] to challenge myself to design something based on a current company while keeping their design language, but also taking it further. I wanted it to look like something Sony would design."

His mock-ups include the possibility a flexible touchscreen, a technology that "is currently being developed" and therefore could find its way into the PS4. Chiem says Samsung is already in the process of producing transparent screens and while he says the idea is still "cost prohibitive," it could still become a reality "in the next five to ten years." For our part, this space-age design is definitely a head-turner, but of course, it's hardly official. We expect it'll be a good long while before Sony offers anything official concerning the PS4 so in the meantime, we can always peruse such ideas with a smile and a, "wow, what if...?" mentality.

2/15/2010 10:21:09 AM Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (60 posts)

Buckeyestar
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:36:32 AM
Reply

Way too advanced for the next system, but this thing looks cool.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

sniperflash
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:36:55 AM
Reply

looks cool

oh yeah 24-1

Last edited by sniperflash on 2/15/2010 10:38:35 AM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Qubex
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:38:10 AM
Reply

Interesting, but not my cap of char!

Q!

"The Wizard left Oz"

Agree with this comment 2 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

city96
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:50:10 AM

What happened with
"I am HOME"

Agree with this comment 3 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Qubex
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 11:38:15 AM

Lol City96... it will come back, on the way home... I had to pay an old friend a visit in Oz... the journey was long and nasty... had to slay some unsavory beasts along the way, and munch on a few remaining petals of Elder Flower to survive, before finally making it to the ancient walled city...

Q!

"The Wizard left Oz"

Last edited by Qubex on 2/15/2010 11:38:49 AM

Agree with this comment 3 up, 2 down Disagree with this comment

Fabi
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 3:03:59 PM

You are the reason people make fun of nerds.

"I was disturbed by your comment."

-YoualreadyknowmyscreenamebutIwillmakeacoolsignaturetostandout!

:)

Agree with this comment 6 up, 5 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 4:20:59 PM

*shakes head* no civility among the uncivilized.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

Shams
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 6:58:00 PM

To Fabi:

"You are the reason why people make fun of nerds"
-Fabi

By being disturbed by that, doesn't that imply that you are of the people who get made fun of?

"IAmANerdButIAmAnA$$holeToo2StandOut"

Agree with this comment 2 up, 3 down Disagree with this comment

Qubex
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 7:11:53 PM

I am traditionalist; I would rather the PlayStation remain similar in design but with some subtle changes to her beautiful lines :) All this mumbo jumbo touch screen talk makes me nervous!

Q!

"The Wizard left Oz"

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Fabi
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 1:55:34 AM

No, it doesn't mean that at all.

I don't make fun of nerds, and I'm not a nerd myself, BUT do have a few nerd friends. And whenever they make comments like that, I will just laugh with them and poke fun a bit, but nothing "mean".

Trust me, I mean no harm. I just thought Q went a bit overboard. It's just a system. But to each his own I guess.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 2 down Disagree with this comment

Qubex
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 9:56:19 AM

Hey Fabi, I was just being a little creative with my writing... I enjoy writing so sometimes you may read the odd post from me that is like a mini story in itself :)

Q!

"i am home"

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Fabi
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 8:19:24 PM

You're a character :)

Agree with this comment 1 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

Cavan
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:41:49 AM
Reply

i like it, looks very cool

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

faraga
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:46:02 AM
Reply

I'll have my buttons and my standard tv, thank you.

Agree with this comment 4 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

city96
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 10:48:39 AM
Reply

I think it should be a PSP kinda controller mix
But with a mini full HD 16:9 projector built in
It would be the hardest thing to make and would not be in the norm which SONY usually stray for

I think it would be quite cool, Samsung Pico phone has it so it might be capable.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Naztycuts
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 3:27:21 PM

You'll see a built in projector from M$ in a console before you will Sony I think that'd be the last thing they'd want to do! They'll be more focused on selling their 3DTV's by then, I know I want one.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Bloodysilence19
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 11:00:02 AM
Reply

thats a old picture of what someone wanted the ps4 to look like.it defently would be awsome if it looked like that.but than im sure it would cost n arm n a leg to buy it.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

wiiplay
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 4:55:43 PM

I don't want to sell my arm, as if I did, I would no longer be able to hold a controller.
My leg? Sure, why not! I barely use them, and electric scooters can bring me pretty much anywhere I need to go.


(Joke. I use my legs almost every day as I play soccer a lot... Even in the winter)

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

nath08
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 11:21:39 AM
Reply

i dont like it and i know it will be nothing like that!

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

inkme101
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 11:58:58 AM
Reply

i want that controller!

by the way ben, wheres the BIG announcement?

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Jawknee
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 12:07:34 PM
Reply

eeeh, no thanks.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

junglemunquay
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 12:11:22 PM
Reply

@City96

That would be seriously cool - a next-gen PSP as the hand set?? Would be like a DS but you have 1 screen on the PSP and the other is the TV!!

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

godsman
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 12:22:45 PM
Reply

The console looks awesome, but the controller is ugly.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

LittleBigMidget
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 12:39:56 PM
Reply

@carlospicyweinr there never was a BIG announcement. Jeff said it was false.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

inkme101
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 12:48:09 PM

when was it announced as false? and why wasnt there an update on the big announcement story saying it was false?

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

main_event05
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 12:52:16 PM
Reply

Would a touchscreen be necessary? Or even a flexible one? Sony doesn't need to worry about another incarnation for the Playstation. Perhaps they can focus on a touchscreen PSP.

I think everyone is hyping up the PS4 because the rumors of Microsoft's new machine. If that is the case, sony needn't worry about making the PS4 because it already has a machine (PS2) that has survived two Gens and possibly a 3rd if MS tries to kick the next one off early.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

SvenMD
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 1:35:30 PM
Reply

Obviously these are "concept" designs, but that controller is miserable and would never work for actual gaming.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Alienange
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 1:41:21 PM
Reply

What the hell am I looking at? Instead of screwing around with stupid designs, why don't they come out with a PS3 that can hold more than ONE disc? Ooooh technology! I can have a damn cd changer in my car for a decade but more than one game in a console? NOPE

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Gregory Freeman
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 1:53:33 PM

that would make the ps3 just a bit bigger, which at this point would be counter productive to what sony is aiming for...

from, what I understand, why would any1 want a disk changer??? gotta find ratchet and clank, then you gotta switch to the disk tray then remove it, and run. Where as if you need it now days, just hit eject and its there.. but iunno

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

LowKey
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 2:23:53 PM

Dude Ive been thinking that exxact same thing for years. but the problem with that Idea is if you had a DC in your console there would be no reason to get up to change games. We already don't have to get up to turn the systems on/off or to eject. So stop being so lazy alien lol.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Alienange
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 2:55:11 PM

@ Canuck Pride - Come on man! When was the last time you've seen a cd changer in action? I'm not talking about the old 1996 cd changers.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Naztycuts
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 3:18:22 PM

haha good old 1996...

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Nynja
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 3:46:03 PM

Cool idea. Unfortunately I would much rather they increase system cost by introducing more memory and interface ports... Don't like the fact that the newer PS3s only have 2 USB ports. Glad I still have my launch 60GB.

Back to the RAM. PS1 had 3MB. PS2 had 40MB. PS3 has 512MB. I'd like to see PS4 offer a minimum of 2GB. Sony has always offered dedicated memory for system, video, and audio. One of the more common complaints I've heard from developers are the memory limitations when compared to PCs. They could reserve 512MB for the system and 1.5GB for audio and video.

Man, I'm loving the current generation but I can't wait to see what the next one will bring. Can we say CG quality gameplay? Square-Enix, you better get started on the FFVII remake for PS4. I want it on launch day.

Agree with this comment 3 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 2:33:48 AM

@Alienange

There's a word for this... Er... Right! Laziness! Does it really hurt to get off your butt and just change the discs? I mean, don't get me wrong, cool idea, but really lazy.
I mean no offense toward your comment though! Please no flames! D:

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Gregory Freeman
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 1:53:56 PM
Reply

those pics are really old... i remember seeing them early 2k8...

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

coyo18
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 2:28:14 PM
Reply

Looks great, but I feel like it can break by a hardcore gamer

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

bigrailer19
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 2:42:57 PM
Reply

I would never own a console like that. I'm all for advancing technology but this is out fo control.

A console holds my games, makes them spin, so I can play them. It essentially plugs into my t.v. that I payed for and thats what I want from my console.

I'm glad the PS3 has bluetooth, and the PSN, and wireless controllers. But really all I want is a system to play games on. The advancing graphics is obviously priority, but I just want to play games, not update facebook!

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Alienange
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 2:59:39 PM
Reply

Just what I've always wanted... a console that'll make me feel like I'm playing games in outer space.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

wiiplay
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 5:09:27 PM

Zero G Gaming ftw!
:)

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 3:12:30 PM
Reply

I know most gamers are adults, but some are still kids, this thing wouldn't stand up to rowdy children.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

wiiplay
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 5:08:50 PM

That is why Nintendo is here.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Cavan
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 4:07:10 PM
Reply

the console will never look like that lol, thye might be able to make a ps2 look like that but just think how big the ps3 was to get evrything in, when they put the latest and greatest tech into a console, looks have to be sacrificed. i will bet everything i own on the console not looking anything like that.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

wiiplay
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 5:08:26 PM

But better and more powerful technology is getting smaller each year, so it just might be able to fit in it.
Or maybe it will use Cloud Technology, in which case, Sony can make the PS4 look as pretty and futuristic as they want.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

wiiplay
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 5:06:09 PM
Reply

I wonder what the next PS4 will do...?
The PS3 already does almost everything, what else is there? (Besides better graphics)
It's both funny and sad that I can't even begin to imagine what the PS4 can do. But knowing Sony, they probably have a huge list of what can be added to the PS4.

PS4 Slogan
"PS4 - It Does Everything And More"

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

BikerSaint
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 8:15:10 PM

@ wiiplay,
Not sure what Sony would ACTUALLY add into the PS4, but as for Sony's innovative forward thinking, check out this ad they made years ago for the PS9.

BTW, keep in mind that Sony put this ad out way back in the very beginning of the PS2's run too...

The Playstation 9.....
http://www.youtube.co /watch?v=Vdh4TqWFfX4&fmt=6

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

randomname
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 6:05:26 PM
Reply

alien tech :O

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

S8N_666
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 6:14:57 PM
Reply

oh no the ps3 controller is getting even WEAKER in this concept art lol, great now when i throw it i will disintigrate even worse!

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Akuma07
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 1:47:22 AM

HAHAHA

i think thats the point hay.

To make it easier for all us rage gamers to break our controllers, so then we buy more =D

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

fuk u
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 8:48:20 PM
Reply

I seen this mock a long while back.. the mote is cool but not the system itself.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

BigBoss4ever
Monday, February 15, 2010 @ 9:28:56 PM
Reply

please make it available to the extraterrestrials, on earth, i am still preferring the PS3 Fat standard machine, and just give me more games like Demon souls, FF13, MGS4, GOW3, The Last Guardian, thats all I can care for now and for the foreseeable future.

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 2/15/2010 9:29:55 PM

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Akuma07
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 1:46:07 AM
Reply

sorry guys, but i kinda have no idea what im looking at.

That concept is ridiculous!

I think sony will do something that still says "PlayStation" wen u look at it. The same way the PS3 was different, yet still had that PlayStation feel to it.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Gamer Girl Gemo
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 2:30:13 AM
Reply

Getting out of the traditional "Sony Playstation look" would sadden me... I rather liked the style that Playstion has kept going through all these years. Just because times are changing doesn't mean that everything about the looks of the PS4 have to. And I do agree, it is a little early to be thinking about the PS4. The PS3 is still doing a great job of racking in the money from gamers and nongamers alike. And the PS3 needs room to breathe and grow more before a PS4 begins in the works of Sony. Although this is only a mock prototype, it's preassuring Sony into a corner. So, we get our PS4... You want a PS5 to go with that?
Everyone just needs to calm down and be content with what's here and now. The PS3. You know it was a while before PS3 came after the PS2... I would expect just about that long of a time gap, or maybe even more.
I don't even like the look of the slim PS3... The fat PS3 is where it's at. Beautiful and original. And why try to change the controller? Sony has kept the PS controller the same throughout all 3 systems. Only difference in the PS3's (Obviously) is the PS button. But the basic desgin is all the same.
Yeah, like I said, times are changing... But does that mean our beloved PS Systems have to also?

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

main_event05
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 9:59:20 PM

Almost 10 years between Playstations.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

FullmetalX10
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 2:46:57 AM
Reply

I'd rather have it they make one like the ps3 phat, like my 60 gig. Nothing like an integrated screen(that's what my tv is for) and I don't know if that controller will work, to me the controller I have now is perfect(the regular sixaxis), it's light and fits perfectly in my hands(unlike some big-ass white/green controller I know). All in all, I'd like them to not make a fancy console if it costs them the high quality of the PS3. We need to be able to play 'em awesome games coming out. And lastly, I'd rather not see anything with samsung in or around the Playstation(I just never really liked samsung).

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

___________
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 2:57:57 AM
Reply

too soon to release the thing, but its never too soon to start talking about it and placing down a foundation.
it took sony years to get the cell, and bluray up too scratch the ps3 was suppose to be out 2 years before it came out and that hurt them big time.

but i dont want a ps4 for at least another 3 years, what i do want though is a PSP 2.
what id like to see in the psp 2.

* a removable battery with a lifespan of minimum 6 hours.
* a touchscreen for use in XMB, music functionality, and maybe in game controls.
* SECOND NUB! O and second shoulder buttons.
* capable of displaying games at 720P, 60FPS, 2XMSAA.
* storage media utilizing MMP DUO.
* 20GB built in SSD for storage of movies, music.
* larger screen than the PSP 3000, brighter, higher contrast.
* TROPHIES!
* save anytime, anywhere compatibility.
something i want on the PS3 and actually it does have it bioshock 2 proving that, PSP 2 and PS3 need to utilize that for EVERY! game.
* being able to save game, shut down, than start the system and be in game like the psp go has.
* HD video output, that way i can connect my psp2 to my TV and play my games in 720P, full screen. none of this 4:3 BS!

thats about it, if it has those, especially the HD output and high res screen ill be extremely happy and buy one on release.
BUT sony seriously need to step up their game and release some exclusives for it.
and no ports of ps3 exclusives do not count!

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

dveisalive
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 6:40:52 AM
Reply

By the time that the PS4, Wii HD, and 720 come out there will be no more dual analog controllers but just Wands XD

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

___________
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 7:07:15 AM

if thats true, thats the day my consoles go on ebay and i go back to the good old PC.
i HATE this motion controller BS!
can anyone imagine playing GOW, or a fast paced action game with motion only controllers?

Agree with this comment 0 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

Silent_J
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 9:07:37 AM
Reply

its looks like the touch screen from the LG crystal phone.Great looking concept.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

DeathOfChaos
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 11:21:40 AM
Reply

That would be pretty interesting, but why not have a hi-def 3D projector to boot? Who need a large flat screen 3D HD tv when you've got a PS4? lol.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Fane1024
Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 5:05:26 PM

$$$$$$$$$$$...that's why not.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

Did Advanced Warfare save Call of Duty?
Yes, CoD is back on track!
Possibly; it was a positive step.
The jury's still out...
No, CoD is still doomed.

Previous Poll Results