Thursday, April 17, 2014

PlayStation 4, It Could Have “Flexible Touchscreen Tech”

Ah, PS4. Talk has been raging on for years now, actually many thought Sony would abandon PS3 because of what they perceived to be its many failings and rush unto the next. Well that’s not the case, but that doesn’t mean the hardware giant isn’t already thinking of its next-gen system. Surely you’ve heard of the many rumors claiming that Sony has already settled on the specs of PS4?

Well we don’t have nothing concrete yet, but speaking to PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Sony fan and freelance designer Tai Chiem, who’s drawn some awesome looking prototypes of what PS4 could look like, including some of the specs, divulged his reasons for doing so.

“[I wanted] to challenge myself to design something based on a current company while keeping their design language,” he told the mag, “but also taking it further.”

“I wanted it to look like something Sony would design.”

His prototype design is far reaching and extremely technical, so can these lofty visions be realized? Chiem thinks it’s not even a question of if, but rather when.

“Flexible touchscreen technology is currently being developed, so it’s definitely a possibility,” he continued. “I have seen companies such as Samsung developing transparent screens. While it’s costs prohibitive to have these features at the moment, I think it would be feasible in the next five to ten years.”

The pics are below and I’m sure you’ve seen them before, so what ya think?

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  • newyearnewrule

    Erm, I’m not sure if I really like the way this thing looks.

    Touchscreen? Please just give me a controller, AKA DualShock. Thank you!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    I actually like how it looks, although I’d have to agree with you there about the Controls..

    DualShock will do just fine. : )

  • krueger.jon

    I like the idea with the controller, but if they’re going to be serious about motion control, why not integrate it into the current Dualshock?

    What I’d like to see, one controller that does it all. Seperate the dpad from the buttons, to have two wii-ish wands for motion control games or connect them for a traditional gamepad.

    Touch screen, seems like a waste of time. I don’t want to have a stand alone system, or I’d get a PSP or DS. I want it to work with a tv / whatever is the top of the line visual display at the time.

    I would like to see wireless video transmission to a display device, as HDMI should become the “backward” compatable standard.

    Just a view thoughts when I see this design. . .

  • dlfootball72

    I like how this looks too, pretty crazy. And yes you can pry my controller from my dead hands I will never give up some type of controller to smash buttons on for no controller or a moving wand at all.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    lol, agreed dl, totally agree.

    That thing looks darn cool btw!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Some nice ideas there Krueger.jon.

    And welcome! Feel free to continue sharing your thoughts.

  • SEVENTY7

    Unique design concept and nicely executed by the designer Chiem. It is exactly that tho – a concept. He is a fan and freelancer and was challenging himself, so I think we still have a long long ways to go before we even have an idea of what PS4 (or whatever they will name it for that matter) will look like.

  • David Macphail

    That thing looks awful. It’d be like having a giant eye sitting under your television. I’m fairly certain this isn’t the design concept Sony have in mind for the PS4.

    Touchscreen technology is definetly a possibility, though. Although i’d want it to only be used for menu screens and the like, the Dualshock has to continue to be Sony’s main controller for gaming. It’s as much a part of their history as the Playstation console itself.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Well it’s a mixed verdict then? Some folks seem to like it while others abhor it…

  • newyearnewrule

    Just what I’m saying!