Rumor: PS4 'outperforms new Xbox,' has redesigned pad

According to EDGE, the PlayStation 4 will launch with a redesigned controller featuring a share button and small touchpad.

The pad itself is said to be similar in size to the PlayStation 3 DualShock controller, though the touchpad will replace the existing start, select and PS butons.

Citing industry sources, the website also states that Sony will begin rolling out the new console this winter in the U.S. and Japan. PAL regions however, won’t get it until early 2014 due to "complexities involved in European distribution."

EDGE backed up previous reports that the PS4 will be revealed this month at the PlayStation Meeting on February 20.

The site added that “the PS4 hardware will continually record the most recent 15 minutes of onscreen action (with no processing penalty, claims our source), which users will then be able to edit and broadcast via the Internet.”

In terms of technical prowess, EDGE said Sony’s new hardware “on paper, outperforms Microsoft’s next Xbox,” and includes an eight-core 1.6Hz CPU and 4GB DDR5 RAM solution as previously reported.

Finally, a “new, improved iteration of its PlayStation Eye peripheral” is in the works, the site reports, while PlayStation Move will also be compatible with the new machine.

PSU.com reported earlier today that PS4 will be released in November of this year, though it wasn’t made clear to us which territory this referred to. In light of EDGE’s report however, we presume it pertains to the Japan and/or U.S. launch.

Stay tuned.

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