As we’ve already told you, the PlayStation 4 is official. Staying in track with that, Sony revealed its brand new controller, the DualShock 4. The new Dualshock will feature a touchpad, share button, a light bar and integrated PlayStation Move compatibility. The share button on the Dualshock 4 can be used to pull up the last few minutes of gameplay, tag it and upload it to share with your friends. You can then go back to playing your game while the clip continues to upload in the background.
The PS4 will feature a stereoscopic camera peripheral that can sense depth in front of it and sense the direction of the controller. You can use the PS4’s power button to put the system in a suspend state, then another press will boot it back up instantly and gameplay can be resumed from “the exact spot you left off”. How cool is that? So that was just our interpretation of what we were hearing, here are the official details from Sony on the DualShock 4.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4) and PlayStation®4 Eye, a new camera, along with PlayStation 4 (PS4), its next generation computer entertainment system.
Utilizing a similar design as the popular Wireless Controller for PlayStation 3(DUALSHOCK 3), DUALSHOCK 4 features new innovations to deliver better gaming experiences. DUALSHOCK 4 incorporates a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a touch pad located on the front of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.
DUALSHOCK4 features a light bar on the top with three color LEDs that illuminate in various colors. The light bar illuminates to match the color of characters in a game to offera simpler, more friendly way to identify players, even when playing side by side. The light bar also changes patterns during gameplay to provide useful information to gamers, such as when a character is critically low on health or has taken major damage.
In addition, DUALSHOCK®4 will come with a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, enabling PS4 users to enjoy high-fidelity sound effects of games from both the TV and also from the controller. Combined with the Mono Headset that will be bundled with PS4, gamers will also be able to chat with friends playing online, while hearing sound effects from the controller in hand.
While integrating “SELECT” and “START” buttons on DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless controller into a new “OPTIONS button”, DUALSHOCK®4 is newly equipped with a “SHARE button” to further enhance PS4’s social capabilities. The “SHARE button” allows gamers to easily broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends through internet streaming services such as Ustream. Users can also share their triumphs and accomplishments by uploading video gameplay to Facebook with the “SHARE button”. Unlike streaming content via PC, users no longer have to convert data formats of their recorded gameplay, but can share it with ease. Additionally, gamers can charge DUALSHOCK®4 while PS4 is on standby or through a dedicated charging station. For convenience, YYY can also be charged with smartphone chargers via USB.
During the creation of DUALSHOCK®4, Sony Computer Entertainment worked with key partners in the development community to improve the feel of the left / right sticks and the trigger buttons, the result is a much tighter sense of control over in-game actions.
PlayStation 4 Eye
PlayStation 4 Eye, a newly developed camera for PS4 incorporates two high-sensitive cameras that have wide-angle lenses with 85-degree diagonal angle views which can recognize the depth of space precisely. This enables PlayStation®4 Eye to cut out the image of player from background, or to grasp players’ position in front and behind, further broadening the ways to enjoy games. Incorporated four microphones are also capable of accurate sound detection and source origination. In addition, users will be able to login to their PS4 with face recognition and are capable of using their own body movements or voices to enjoy games more intuitively. Furthermore, PlayStation 4 Eye senses the color of DUALSHOCK 4’s light bar to judge the positions of multiple players, and set characters in the same positions or let a character talk to a particular player, enabling players to enjoy games in new way.
PlayStation 4 Eye also supports PlayStation Move motion controller. It detects the motion of PS Move more precisely, and reflects players’ in-game motion more accurately than ever. SCE will announce new details of PS4 and its robust lineup of games from 3rd party developers and publishers, the independent gaming community and SCE Worldwide Studios, as well as further enhancements to the entire PlayStation ecosystem between now and the holiday 2013 launch.
DUALSHOCK 4 Specs
|External Dimensions||Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
|Weight||Approx. 210g (tentative)|
|Keys / Switches||PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button,
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right),
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),
R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Pad Button
|Touch Pad||2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type|
|Motion Sensor||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)|
|Other Features||Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker|
|Ports||USB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack|
|Wireless Communication||Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR|
|Battery||Type||Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery|
PlayStation 4 Eye
|External Dimension||Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth)
|Weight||Approx. 183g (tentative)|
|Video Pixel||(Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2|
|Video Frame Rate||1280×800 pixel @ 60fps
640×400 pixel @ 120fps
320×192 pixel @ 240fps
|Video Format||RAW, YUV (uncompressed)|
|Lens||Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus|
|Microphone||4 Channel Microphone Array|
|Connection Type||PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)|
|Cable Length||Approx. 2m (tentative)|
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.