There's a new image making the rounds that's rumored to be a developer version of Sony's controller for their next-gen PlayStation controller. The controller's design, which features a screen in the middle where the Start/Select buttons are usually placed and a unique "Share" button, fits with the rumors we've been hearing in the past month. Of course, we won't know for sure until Sony announced their next gen console (Feb. 20).
As you can tell, the controller is a bit... err, well, fat. Let's sate those confused fears straight away and say this is rather typical of dev controller pre-release. Basically, with the controller hardware still in development, developers just shove everything into contained space and ship the things out. Hopefully the final version slims down a bit.
Otherwise, I... well, I'm not exactly sure what to think. If I had to list my criticisms I'd say the analog sticks look a bit squished and the handles are a bit too round and squat for my tastes. I'm also wonder in what way will we be able to use the center touch screen with it being so far from where our fingers will rest. It seems less like an input device that simply a secondary, smaller screen.
Notice anything other details worth mentioning? That big, blue glowing light on the back of the controller is certainly ominous. Hopefully we'll hear more about Sony's new PlayStation controller soon, like at the February 20 event.
Update: A second picture of the prototype controller has appeared online. It may just be the angle, but the second controller looks a bit thinner than the first. Of course, that may just be due to the angles of each shot. The first might be thinner than originally thought. Either way, the second picture does portray the picture in a more attractive manner.