An early prototype of the new Sony PlayStation 4 controller has leaked online.

The controller is very similar to the existing DualShock gamepad, but features a new touch-pad similar to that seen on the back of the handheld PS Vita device.

The controller also features new analog sticks and remodelled shoulder buttons.


Destructoid revealed the pics and claimed "multiple sources" confirmed it's real - albeit a prototype.

In the picture it is plugged into a development unit, not a new PS4.

Sony is expected to unveil its next-generation console next week. The current generation has sold more than 70 million units since its release.