Sony PS4 controller

A touchscreen controller for Sony's upcoming PS4 games console has been leaked online. (See also: How to watch PlayStation 4 launch live and watch the event live here: PS4 launch: live.) UPDATE: see our story - PS4 launching Holidays 2013 full details.

See also: PS4 price in UK; how much will the PlayStation 4 cost? The device has been published by Destructoid and multiple sources have confirmed the controller is an early prototype. As you can see from the photo, the PlayStation 4 controller has a touch-sensitive area. See alsoPS4 release date, specs and rumours.

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It is thought that the PS4 controller is plugged into a development system, not some new supersized console from Sony. The light on top looks akin to Sony's PlayStation Move sensor so the controller might be used in a similar way.

"Apparently they've tried out several versions of controllers for whatever this next game system is; it's possible that this is one of them." said Destructoid.

New, slightly strange looking, analog sticks have appeared and in the middle are a set of holes suggesting a speaker like Nintendo's Wii remote. Alternatively, and much more exiting, is the possibly of a microphone and voice controller software like Apple's Siri.

The controller seems to have taken some influence from the PS Vita handseld console. Some are suggesting there is also a touchscreen on the rear. Still, the D-pad, four main buttons and shoulder buttons are present and correct.

It is widely expected that Sony will give details on the PS4 next week at a scheduled PlayStation event which will take place on 20 February in New York.

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