Sony Unveils Dual Shock 4
Update: Now that we have the official press release with all the details, we can get a whole lot more specific.
The new Dual Shock 4 controller comes with the PlayStation Eye, a new camera, and a host of new and next-level features. This wireless controller boasts all sorts of innovation, such as a new highly sensitive Sixaxis sensor, plus a touch pad on the front of the controller.
Dual Shock 4 boasts a light bar on the top with three color LEDs that illuminate in various colors. This light bar changes patterns during gameplay to provide helpful information to gamers, like when a character is critically low on health. Furthermore, the controller comes with a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, letting PS4 players enjoy high-fidelity sound effects. Combined with the Mono headset that will come bundled with the PS4, players will be able to talk to friends online and hear effects from the controller in their hand.
The Start and Select buttons have been integrated into the new Options button, and the Share button greatly enhances the social capabilities of the system. We can broadcast our gameplay in real-time to friends through streaming services, and we can upload video gameplay to Facebook. Unlike streaming content on a PC, users don't have to worry about converting data formats. Lastly, the PS4 is charged with a dedicated charging system, and can even be charged with smartphone charges via USB. Sony also worked with "key partners" in the development of this new controller to improve the feel of the sticks and triggers.
So how's that?
Sony's PlayStation Meeting is in full swing and they've just unveiled the new controller that will come with the new PlayStation 4: It's the Dual Shock 4. Awesome!
It features the traditional analog sticks, a front touch pad, revamped shoulder buttons, and the mostly standard gamepad design PlayStation fans have become used to over the years. This is just about the same controller we've seen rumored over the past few weeks, and it looks pretty damn slick. They didn't go into too much detail, but I don't think it's necessary; we get what it is, as it's essentially an upgraded Dual Shock 3. ...and forgive me but isn't that precisely what we wanted all along? But we also get a Share button, light bar, built-in Move compatibility, and a stereoscopic camera. That Share button is awfully nifty.
Now they're going through some demos...and they look amazing.
2/20/2013 6:15:41 PM Ben Dutka