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Take a Closer Look at the PlayStation 4's New Controller

Posted by Sammy Barker

Packing more technology than a Swiss Army knife

Sony didn’t just have a new console to showcase during this evening’s PlayStation Meeting – it also had a brand new controller. The imaginatively dubbed DualShock 4 features a similar shape to the PlayStation 3’s existing handset, but packs a wealth of functionality on top. These new features, according to the platform holder, will allow developers to deliver gameplay experiences that have “never been possible before”.

So, what’s on offer? Well, as speculated, the device packs enhanced motion control courtesy of new six-axis sensors. It also boasts improved analogue sticks with ridged surfaces for enhanced controls and curved L2/R2 triggers for smooth action. A new ‘Options’ button combines the current DualShock 3’s ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ inputs, making room for the touchpad in the centre of the unit.

But that’s not all. The controller also boasts a ‘Share’ button, which will allow you to broadcast gameplay in real-time to websites such as Ustream. It’ll also enable new asynchronous features; if you’re stuck on a stage, for example, your friends may be able to send you a health potion to get you through the level. You can also instantly upload images and video to websites such as Facebook.

And then there’s the light bar on the top of the device. This works in collaboration with the PS4’s dual camera to track the exact position of the controller in exact 3D space. The upgraded PlayStation Eye itself will feature four microphones capable of exact source detection, and will be fully compatible with the existing PlayStation Move, bringing more accuracy to the motion device than ever before.

What do you think of the controller? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.

What are your thoughts on the PlayStation 4's controller? (38 votes)

I love it

61%

I need to try it out for myself

37%

Ew, it's hideous

  3%

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User Comments (12)

hamispink

#1

hamispink said:

On the asynchronous multiplayer, It goes much deeper than simply sending over a health potion. From what I gathered, someone viewing will be able to jump into the players game and play for them(I assume upon request and confirmation).

hydeks

#2

hydeks said:

That controller is really slick looking, a great upgrade to the dualshock :) I really can't wait for e3 for more news, and holiday 2013 to get the system!

Only one problem, I really hope I don't need the eye to use the controller, could be slightly annoying for people who take there consoles with them places.

ShogunRokAdmin

#4

ShogunRok said:

It does look extremely comfortable. Hopefully the new triggers work well. Other than that... I'm glad Sony decided to keep the DualShock design. It never needed a radical change. I'm happy.

Alpha

#5

Alpha said:

Much Better! i couldnt take it if it looked like the prototype more, this is a worthy controller, I love it. it looks comfortable, and smooth, it looks a bit more high tech than the PS3 controller and even the PS4 Proto Controller. Im Definittly Pleased. just am hoping a low Price point around $400 to $430. and itll be mine!!!

Alpha

#6

Alpha said:

Notice how it looks like the Patent picture of the Playstation Controller that had the Move orbs on top? it Looks really similair... and that pic was up awhile ago...

ThreadShadow

#7

ThreadShadow said:

Somethings off with the sticks, and the dpad looks funny, not bad, just funny. Overall, I'd say it's a nice controller.

BornOfEvil

#10

BornOfEvil said:

Now that, is what I'm talking about. The L2/R2 buttons are shaped perfectly and the overall controller is so sleek. The dualshock was already a great controller, but this is quite possibly the most perfect looking controller I've ever seen. So far the PS4 is looking great in both the hardware and software departments.

hamispink

#11

hamispink said:

Ergonomically, it looks great and fixes all the major complaints that have been voiced over the dualshock 3. Though I like the shape and button styles, the thing is ugly as sin!

Ginkgo

#12

Ginkgo said:

Definitely like the controller, it is an evolution without losing all the good bits about the DS3. I am more interested in the eye through. Clearly a rip-off of kinect, but what are they going to do with it? How accurate will it motion tracking be etc?

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