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Dual shock 4 prototypes

Taucias

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Somehow I missed this, but during GDC this year a brief glimpse of prototype dual shock 4 controllers were shown during the Astro Bit Rescue presentation (starts at 3:28)


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Very cool! I love prototypes. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Awesome find! There's definitely a handful of terrible ideas in that mix
 

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Awesome find! There's definitely a handful of terrible ideas in that mix
Namely the one with the buttons in place of where the analog sticks would be, but I suppose they've gotta test this stuff or innovation wouldn't be a thing. :p
 
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Lots of creativity in the different designs. Playing around with spaces and hand placement/ergonomics vs age-old muscle memory. Can see N's touchscreen/portability played a small part of the design process as well. Not sure how well that would've turned out if that was the final product.

Unfortunately, the final DS4 (imo) is just a huge step back in controller design, so it's nice to see how much they played around with different ideas before committing.

Thanks for sharing :)