The PlayStation 4 is getting a new, officially licensed controller designed for children.
Dubbed the Mini Wired Gamepad, the controller was first revealed in a post on PlayStation Blog. Interestingly, the controller is being made by Hori, the company known for their quality fighting sticks and other controller designs for a variety of platforms.
The PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad is 40 percent smaller than a standard DualShock 4 and does not feature that controller’s touch pad or light bar. For games with touch-based elements, the smaller left and right sticks will be able to simulate those inputs.
https://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/10/18/introducing-the-mini-wired-gamepad-for-ps4/ Source: PlayStation Blog
The PlayStation Blog notes that the new controller was designed with younger gamers in mind, hence the smaller design. As the name implies, the gamepad is wired with a 10-foot cable and will be released this holiday in the U.S. and Canada for a suggested retail price of $30 USD/$40 CAD.
Source: PlayStation Blog