Rumor: PS4 SplitShock Controller Ditches Analog Sticks
Rumors concerning the new controller that will launch with the PlayStation 4 continue to circulate. The latest might be borderline official.
It seems an insider document has been leaked and it contains all the pertinent details of what will be known as the "SplitShock" controller; an evolution of the standard DualShock.
According to the information, the SplitShock will feature three major changes: First is the removal of the analog sticks; a front touch-pad has replaced the time-honored form of control. There are actually two touch-pads and games can be ported from iOS or Android platforms as well. Change number two is the "SHARE" button, which lets users "store any pictures, music, or movies on their SplitShock controller." It will even sync with their PSN account and remain updated with their profile. Pressing the SHARE button essentially means that any files on the SplitShock can be used on another PS4.
Last up, the SplitShock incorporates PlayStation Move sensors:
"With a press of a button, the SplitShock separates into two halves. This opens up yet another way for developers to customize whatever control system they desire. While the SplitShock is in split mode users can experience a full motion control setup that consumers have become accustomed to with the Move and Navigation controller combination. Another benefit is that since both halves of the SplitShock are Mirrored, even left handed players will have no issues."
Removing the analog sticks sounds like a horrendously bad idea. So much so that I have to question the veracity of this information. But if it's true...there may be a widespread Sony fan revolt.
2/14/2013 12:56:23 PM Ben Dutka