According to sources cited by IGN, the leaked picture is authentic, but it only represents a prototype.
Sources speaking to Kotaku also confirmed the report, saying “the photo is the real deal,” but that it “may not represent the final form of the controller.”
Apparently the black surface at the center is a front-facing touch screen.
In addition, the Start, Select and Share buttons have disappeared.
A second image was posted on the forums at GameTrailers on Friday.
This new pic showed a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack at the bottom and slightly bigger handles than the first image.
Sony is expected to present its next console on February 20.