As we approach the imminent announcement of the PS5, rumors and leaks are starting to surface online. While many of these rumors are unsubstantiated–or just straight up false–it’s always an interesting period in time. The idea that new consoles are on the horizon is an exciting time. We’ve already given our thoughts on what Sony needs to do with the PS5 to be successful.
We know that PS5 dev kits have been out in the wild for some time now, as work on next-generation games has already begun, and developers must ensure their games can scale properly for the upcoming hardware. There is already a leaked image of a possible dev kit–which looks rather large–indicating the hardware may have a much larger GPU and may require a lot more cooling. These dev kits are generally not the final product design, but the controller featured in the image lines up with a recent PS5 controller leak.
Late last month, Twitter user Ray Sekiro, editor of the website Remote Play, tweeted out a single image of the alleged PS5 controller. One of the most notable changes is the removal of the touchpad area from the existing DualShock 4 controller that has been upgraded to feature a full LCD screen. On the screen, we see a modified UI that resembles the PS4’s existing OS. The controller appears to be sending a message to another player, with an option for attachments and possibly emoji support. What would be interesting is if the touchscreen adapted to become an on-screen keyboard, similar to a smartphone, that allowed you to type directly from it. This would alleviate the pain of navigating an on-screen keyboard with a controller, which is very cumbersome.
Some other interesting features that the LCD screen on the PS5 controller could implement might be some level of light inventory management in certain games or potentially a mini-map that is always available to help declutter specific games’ HUDs. Whatever it turns out to be, here’s to hoping developers embrace the new technology, unlike the current touchpad, which has been relegated to a glorified map button, or pause menu in many existing games.
Besides the large LCD screen, other changes of note are a slightly redesigned D-pad, which features more rounded button shapes. Also, there are two small holes on both sides of the LCD screen, which may be a relocated set of stereo speakers, or possibly a single speaker and built-in microphone. Also, the Options and Share buttons seem to be flipped horizontally–because, why not?
It’s worth noting that this is not likely to be the final design of the controller, as the dev kit that it’s featured with seems to be a very preliminary design. But, the fact that Sony has these controllers in developers’ hands indicated that they are seriously testing the possibility of a large LCD screen built into the PS5 controller. Sony is largely rumored to be unveiling the PlayStation 5 sometime this Summer, with more news to follow during a possible PSX event near the end of the year, meaning we can’t be too far off the PS5 launch.
What are your thoughts on this initial PS5 controller design? Does this LCD screen interest you at all? How would you like to see it implemented in future games? Let us know in the comments below. For all your other PS5 rumors and leaks, stay tuned to Mammoth Gamers.