Well, this is bound to generate some discussion among the long-time PlayStation faithful.
According to an inside development source speaking to CVG , Sony will abandon 16 years of the standard PlayStation gamepad in favor of a fancy new one for their next console.
It seems a designer working on an upcoming PS4/Orbis game says the new controller "has undergone numerous iterations," and few of them resemble the traditional Dual Shock. Versions within R&D development include biometric sensors on the grips and an LCD touchscreen. A second source said PlayStation engineers are "trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita."
However, while it now seems clear that the Dual Shock will not be the primary controller for Sony's next machine, it's "likely" that PS3 controllers will be compatible. Well, they better be because let me explain something to you, Sony- If you force me to use touchscreen controls, which – I really don't care what anyone says – are vastly inferior to precise button inputs, I'm done with you. The entire world doesn't flip around on their smartphones all day long, ya know.
But if I can use a regular controller, I'll be fine.