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PlayStation 4 to scrap DualShock design, says report

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PlayStation 4 will ditch the DualShock controller design, according to a report.

Sony will instead introduce a controller with all-new features, a senior games studio source has told CVG.

ps3 Instagram 'The new (and tiny) PS3 model is available now! Watch our video tour on PS.Blog.'

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Extensive research has been placed into introducing biometric sensors on the grips, as well as the addition of an LCD touch screen.

A second source has said that engineers are "trying to emulate the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita", backing up claims of introducing touch controls.

Existing DualShock controllers are likely to be compatible with the system as secondary controllers, similar to how Wii remotes can be used with the Wii U.

Further backing up these claims, in 2007 Sony settled with tech company Immersion over a patent infringement suit over its rumble technology.

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Above: The latest PS3 redesign, dubbed the 'Super Slim'

The licence agreement is set to expire in 2017, and while Immersion has given Sony the option to expand it to future consoles, the complexity of the arrangement may lead to new ideas and designs for the controller.

The report concluded that the PlayStation 4 - which is codenamed Orbis - will be revealed in weeks and not months, collaborating with rumours of a March announcement.

The PlayStation 3 was set to introduce a new controller, which was shortly dropped in favour of the iconic DualShock design after a backlash from fans.

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Above: The DualShock design was first introduced to the original PlayStation in 1998

The latest rumours have suggested the PS4 will be 50% more powerful than Microsoft's next console.

Meanwhile, the latest on the new Xbox is that Skype will be at the core of the system, replacing Xbox Live's voice and video chat services.

Both consoles are expected to be announced in March for a late 2013 release.

The PS4 is believed to be capable of displaying games in 4K resolution, to support Blu-ray and to ship at an "affordable" price.

Sony and Microsoft are yet to officially confirm any specific details of their future consoles.

Watch a preview video of the 'PS3 super slim' below:

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