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    Default Sony to Ditch DualShock controllers in favour of Touchscreen & Biometric Sensors



    Sony will drop the DualShock controller for the next PlayStation, according to a new report.

    Sources told CVG that Sony has tested new controllers with biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touch-screen.

    This information tallies with what Eurogamer has heard from its sources. We understand that as of six months ago Sony was testing a controller that had an LCD touch-screen on the front and biometrics functionality on the back. These designs, we were told, have changed almost every month, but are for the controller for the next PlayStation.

    Biometrics technology captures data from the player's body, such as temperature and heart rate. Half-Life developer Valve has been experimenting with the tech, trying to discover new game experiences that would benefit from it.

    Sony did not comment.

    The DualShock controller was introduced alongside the original PlayStation in 1997 and has been used for each PlayStation home console since.

    It is expected that the PlayStation Vita will be compatible with the next PlayStation. CVG suggests existing PlayStation 3 controllers will work with the console in a similar way that Wii Remotes work with the Wii U.

    How it could help Sony?
    A second source, working in a separate part of the industry but still connected to Sony, said PlayStation engineers are "trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita". This is likely a reference to the touch-screen capabilities of the PlayStation handheld, and a suggestion that Sony will tightly integrate its portable and home systems.

    Why this has possibly happened?
    One potential stumbling block is Sony's complex partnership with Immersion - the patent-holder of the rumble tech used in Sony's pads. In March 2007, Immersion settled its patent infringement suit with Sony, after claiming that the company had used its technologies without permission.

    CVG understands that Sony has paid Immersion more than $150 million in damages, license fees and other costs since the settlement. However, a small portion (initially $20 million) of this was redirected to Microsoft, which owns about 10 per cent of Immersion.

    Sony's licence agreement with Immersion ends in 2017, SEC documents show, but as part of the deal Immersion has given Sony an option to expand the scope of the licence for future consoles. However, the complications of the deal may have convinced Sony that it should seek different designs and ideas for its next controller.

    TL;DR:
    Multiple trusted sources say Sony will ditch its DualShock controller in favour for LCD Touchscreen and Biometric Sensors. This will make it somewhat similar to the Wii U Gamepad and PS VITA.

    Sony wants to integrates Vita and PS4.

    Most possible reason this is happening is because the company that holds the patent for Sony tech is partly owned by Microsoft who reap large profits.

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    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...station-report


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    lol i knew after the wii u came out with that controller sony was gonna make a controller like it and u already know microsoft gonna do it with the xbox 360 lol sony and microsoft is smart

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    Default Re: Sony to Ditch DualShock controllers in favour of Touchscreen & Biometric Sensors

    Nice work

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    They should still have the option of using the regular controller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay10 View Post
    They're trying to keep up with the wii u.
    Word. First the Wii remote and nunchuk (with Wii remote plus), and now the Wii U Gamepad? Damn Sony.

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    Default Sony to Ditch DualShock controllers in favour of Touchscreen & Biometric Sensors

    Quote Originally Posted by ABlackGuy View Post
    They should still have the option of using the regular controller.
    Possibly like the Wii U with support for old controller as mentioned in article.

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    lol i knew after the wii u came out with that controller sony was gonna make a controller like it and u already know microsoft gonna do it with the xbox 360 lol sony and microsoft is smart
    Microsoft will keep pushing for Kinect 2 which I wouldn't personally call smart.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slink View Post
    Word. First the Wii remote and nunchuk (with Wii remote plus), and now the Wii U Gamepad? Damn Sony.
    Quote Originally Posted by Slink View Post
    Word. First the Wii remote and nunchuk (with Wii remote plus), and now the Wii U Gamepad? Damn Sony.
    Not sure if too young or never played a SNES or N64 but Nintendo is in fact credited for the invention/usage of the following of which some like 'D-Pad' and 'Rumble' it has patents for.

    Some things Sony and MS shamelessly rip off are:
    Analog Sticks
    Shoulder Buttons
    Rumble
    Joystick
    D-Pad
    Wireless Controllers (not to be confused with motion)
    Motion Controllers



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    that could get annoying.

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