CVG is reporting that Sony will be moving away from its classic Dualshock controller design for it next-gen console. Sources are saying the Sony has gone through several design iterations on the controller, likely more than we'd even assume, and few retain the look of the familiar controller's design. Instead, Sony is looking at the PlayStation Vita for inspiration.
According to a "senior game studio source" working on a next-gen Sony title, the new controller is experimenting with various LCD touchscreens and biometric sensor grips. Think, perhaps, a PlayStation Vita without the costly screen, built more for comfort rather than for travel. Sony is likely thinking about a myriad of small technologies they can slip into the next-gen controller so it will last for years to come.
Hopefully we'll hear more about Sony's controller for the Orbis soon. While it's difficult to say goodbye to the simple beauty that is the Dualshock, innovation is key. I don't think that after this many years of the same controller design fans would be too sore to see something new. Something... like a boomerang... with touchscreens.