During last night's PlayStation 4 reveal event, Sony developer Media Molecule demonstrated a tech demo in which players used a PlayStation Move controller to sculpt 3D objects. With Move-like functionality already supported by the new DualShock 4 controller, we asked Sony's Shuhei Yoshida if the PS4 would support the current-gen DualShock 3 controllers the same way it supports the similarly current-gen PS Move controller.
"No, [the PlayStation 4] doesn't support DualShock 3 but it does support PS Move," Yoshida said.
Asked if that policy extends to other Bluetooth-enabled PS3 peripherals like the Sony wireless headset, a PlayStation publicist cut in saying, "I don't think we're addressing additional peripheral support at this time."
Yoshida quickly added, "That doesn't necessarily mean it won't work."
Both the DualShock 3 and PlayStation Move controllers use the industry-standard Bluetooth 2.0 protocol to connect wirelessly to the PlayStation 3; it's unclear if the lack of DualShock 3 compatibility is due to technical limitations or to the complexities of interoperability between a previous-generation controller that doesn't support some of the DualShock 4's new features — like a multitouch panel and Bluetooth 2.1 — and the PlayStation 4, whose games may expect some of those features.