While with the recent release of Kinect, we would think game console manufacturers would get rid of the game controller, but it seems to be around at least for the next generation. They probably will just morph to a more capable devices with touch screen.
This morning, rumor from the Nihon Keizai Shinbun publication indicates the Nintendo Wii successor will have a 6” touchscreen and a camera. The company is expected to unveil the new game console sometime in 2012. Based on its track record related to Nintendo previous rumor DSi, DSi XL and 3DS, industry suggests that the rumor is plausible. It would be cool if the next Wii controller could also be acting as a 3DS depending on whether you are in front of your living room TV or on the go.
In the other hand, GoRumors reports that according to a patent recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sony is working on a universal game controller that could be used with competitor consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo. This universal controller will also have a touchscreen that can display the button layout according to the console it is paired to.
The challenge for the future “touchy” controllers would be how to produce the much needed tactile feels for game play.