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(Pocket-lint) - Claims have emerged that Sony is to abandon its trusty old DualShock controller for its next-generation console. The PS4, it has been said, will come with a newly designed gamepad, one that may feature biometric and/or touchscreen controls.

Games site Computer and Video Games says that a senior source from a development studio spilled the beans. It writes that the new Sony controller has undergone numerous different designs, although none of them resembles the old or current DualShock iterations.

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A separate source told the website that PlayStation engineers have been tasked with finding a control system that emulates "the same user interface philosophies as the PS Vita". The Vita has a touchscreen on the front and a touch panel on the rear, which some games use as an alternative to the conventional control methods.

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The claim also suggests that Sony will be looking to further integrate its handheld devices with the main hub of a next-generation machine. At present, only some games feature cross-platform play between the PS Vita and PS3.

CVG also intriguingly writes that the PS4 will be unveiled in a "matter of weeks, not months". Interesting. Very interesting.

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Writing by Rik Henderson.