The lights are on
During the PlayStation 4 reveal, Sony showed off the newest
incarnation of its controller, the DualShock 4. We have a full breakdown of
what we know so far.
Many of the new controller's features line up with the
rumored images that leaked prior to the announcement. Here's what we noticed:
The biggest addition to the new DualShock is the touchpad, which sits between
the D-Pad and face buttons. While the controller looks very similar to the
leaked images, outlets speculated that the interactive pad was a touchscreen,
capable of displaying graphics. It now appears to be more like the touchpad on the back of the PlayStation Vita.
Unsurprisingly, the dual analog sticks remain in the same position as Sony's previous
controllers. The new controller's sticks have rims around their edges, which
should make them easier to grip than the DualShock 3's convex tops. There also
appears to be more space between the analog sticks, which should prevent thumb
collisions when tilting them towards one another.
Sony's new controller features a speaker underneath the touchscreen. Sony didn't
outline its functionality, but it's possible the speaker may also double as a
Early rumors suggested the new DualShock would feature a "share" button that
gives players quick access to their social networks. Sony not only confirmed
the share button, but revealed that it taps into much deeper social features
than we initially thought. Thanks to Sony's Gaikai services, the share button
will allow you to broadcast your game to your friends as you play it, who can respond by posting comments to your screen. You can even give control of your game to other
players to help you through difficult sequences.
Move Light Strip:
The DualShock 4 controller features a built-in light to interact with the PS4's
newly revealed stereo camera. The light will allow the PS4 to identify the
position of players in their room, in three dimensions.
One of the PS3 controller's biggest shortcomings is its triggers. The stubby
triggers are convex, making it easy for fingers to slip off during intense
gaming sessions. It appears that the DualShock 4 fixes this problem, with more
angular, convex triggers.
Faster and Stronger:
While giving gamers a quick glimpse of the new controller, Sony's Mark Cerny
stated that the DualShock 4 will feature enhanced rumble and less
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