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PS4 Controller Prototype Image Shows Off Headphone Jack

At least this seems more feasible; the one without the analog sticks was just ridiculous.

Digital Foundry has Tweeted a new image of the possible PlayStation 4 controller.

It looks a lot like the standard Dual Shock, only with what seems to be a headphone jack built in and that front touch pad, which may function much like the rear touch-pad on the PlayStation Vita. The images we've been seeing have been dubbed prototypes so the final design might look a little different; hopefully, it looks sleeker and a little less...cheap. Maybe that's a bad word to use when describing the pictures we've seen thus far, but even the believable ones look like a slightly fancier gamepad from the 16-bit days.

It just doesn't scream "next-gen" to me, you know?

Tags: ps4 controller, dual shock controller, playstation 4 controller

2/15/2013 11:27:12 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

Nas Is Like
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11:42:06 PM
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To me, it doesn't matter if the controller seems like a "next generation" controller to me. As long as the games and console deliver, that's all I care about.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11:45:20 PM

Controllers matter more than you'd think.

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11:56:33 PM

Yea they really, really do. I cant stand the 360 controller and obviously thats not why I dont have one, but when it creates frustration during a game it becomes an issue.

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Nas Is Like
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 12:59:34 PM

Hence why I said "to me".

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11:43:57 PM
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Why the deuce would you want a headphone jack in a controller? It's the 21st century, if I want anything of the sort it should be a wireless set of thingamajigs.

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11:47:33 PM

I have a set of the wireless PS3 headphones, and they are awesome no doubt. But the wired sets do have a sound quality that cant be matched. Of course they are $250 and up, and for the price the PS3 wireless set are absolutely worth the admission.

The other side of that is, a lot of these headset use rca cables and usb ports, and I do see a USB cable, but theres a possibility some types of headphones cant be used.

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sawao_yamanaka
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 1:13:44 AM

It allows everyone to have a headset instead of how it is now. The xbox 360 has it and i am assuming people were asking for it. When you play online on the same system only one player has a headset, this allows everyone to participate in the convo.

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JROD0823
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 2:17:02 AM

@sawao,

All Sony needs to do is package a basic wired headset with every console, something they should have been doing with the PS3, and all of our problems would be solved, (or perhaps more will be created by being able to hear every whiny 12 year old?). Oh yeah, that's what the mute function is for, LOL.

OT: Sony should include an HDMI cable with every system as well, especially now that Nintendo is doing it with the Wii U.

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Clamedeus
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 2:20:51 AM

Well, if that does happen and Sony does ship microphones with the PS4. Let's hope the new games have a mute all function, or maybe a party chat of some kind.

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Beamboom
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 2:21:34 AM

It could enable every player in local coop (for example) to hear their own sound, World.

This is actually a stroke of genius. Have you ever played something like a shooter in coop locally? It's very confusing cause then you don't know whose sound you hear from what direction.
With each their own headsets the sound could be relative to the location of each player ingame.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 11:39:20 AM

yeah that does make sense, I've only done local co-op once so I rarely think of these things.

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11:44:01 PM
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Yea that controller seems feasible. Im not a huge fan of the touch pad, and I prefer the DS3 joysticks.

Either way, that seems to be a controller I could be haopy using.

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JROD0823
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 2:08:13 AM

Sorry big, but I have to politely disagree with you, not about the touchpad bit though, I'm right there with you on that.

I am fine (and have been for the last 15 years that they have existed) with the layout of the sticks, but I REALLY would LOVE to see Sony go full-on concave with a slight lip around the rim for the new Dualshock controller (or whatever it will be called).

When I get into a game, and I mean in the zone, my hands sweat a bit and my thumbs like to slide around on the standard convex sticks.

Boy, FPS Freek would be absolutely gutted if Sony made some good concave sticks as standard issue, wouldn't they?

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bigrailer19
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 2:18:24 AM

I like the idea of a concaved joystick for the reasons you mentioned. What I wouldn't like is feeling like my thumbs are sitting on top of the joystick or rather inside. It may give you more control, sure. But I like the comfort of the rounded joystick. I play a lot of FPS games and honestly the joysticks are the furthest issue from my mind.

But I certainly see your point.

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 12:41:45 AM
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I like the look of that prototype controller especially the thumbsticks, a hybrid between the xbox and dualshock sticks.

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___________
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 2:44:39 AM
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i quite like it so far, its fixed every gripe ive had with the DS3.
i just hope its more rounded and fitted to the hand than what the DS3 is!
i had to stop buying all my MP games for the 360 because every time i went to play a ps3 game id instantly get hand cramps because the controllers about as comfortable to hold as that needle ball from resident evil!

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IronFace2
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 8:34:41 AM
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That doesn't split into two, only with an axe. Its does look good, I like it. I noticed some holes on it like its meant for a speaker. If it features a speaker, like that dumbass wii mote, its going into the trash can. Sorry but I'm really queasy.

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Mdash0009
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 11:43:17 AM
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What a coincidence, I was telling my friend it'd be awesome to have a headphone jack on the controller instead of having to by expensive wireless headphones. I hope it's for actual game audio (if it's even the real controller).

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