DualShock 4 shown off in new video

Sony developers and engineers discuss how advancements of new controller for PlayStation 4 affect gameplay experiences.

Sony released a new video today that details the advancements of the PlayStation 4's new DualShock 4 controller. In the video, developers and engineers discuss what makes the input's features unique and how those features will affect the overall gameplay experience.

First, Sony product planner Toshimasa Aoki explained that the company spoke with various first-party developers (Media Molecule, Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Sucker Punch Productions) about what they would like to see from a new controller and what they thought was missing in the DualShock 3.

"Everything's been tuned. The feel of the analog sticks, the sensitivity of both different types of triggers. And in addition to that, there have been all these features added to it, without compromising the basic feel of the DualShock," added Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde.

The video also goes into detail regarding the functionality of the DualShock 4's lightbar. This feature allows the controller (in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye) to track the position of multiple people in the room. This allows the PS4 to specifically detect who is who, and adjust accordingly, for co-op games.

"If the system sees that for some reason we've swapped places or I've passed the controller to someone, it can automatically adjust the ordering of the split-screen so that it makes sense to everyone," senior software engineer Anton Mikhailov said. "It seems like a minor thing, but it actually really helps the flow of the game; helps the intuitiveness of the whole console."

Sony also discussed the DualShock 4's touch-pad in the video. The pad supports multi-touch and Sony said that the touch interactions will be "very comfortable" for players. A developer is shown using his thumb and fingers to swipe on the pad.

The video also treads over old ground, touching on the DualShock 4's speaker and its share Share button, which allows players to post screenshots and videos to social networking sites.

The PS4 launches this holiday season. According to lead system architect Mark Cerny, the software launch lineup for the system will be stronger than any other PlayStation console in history.

Sony has not announced a price for the platform, though an unconfirmed report claims the platform will be released in November at $430 and $530.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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366 comments
hasancakir
hasancakir

I'm still waiting for the actual final product. It was weird to witness a product launching without the product.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

I hate how the PS3 controller feels.  Hope there's a big enough difference to stop my hands from hurting 2 hours into play.


Cryio
Cryio

It is looking like Sony will kill this generation.


In today's market thought, it still makes MORE sense, financial (ease of modability) and the better running games to buy an Xbox 360. For all those great PS3 exclusives, what can I say, rent that PS3 for a few weeks, or ask a friend.

Ghost-Eye
Ghost-Eye

Yeah that's always pissed me off when playing a split screen game is when my side is not the one closest to me....Oh wait i just ask my friend to switch seats problem solved. lol Looks nice tho.

nameaprice
nameaprice

ok until a litlle jap girl comes and gives me a happy ending its still just a controller

unveilingframe
unveilingframe

THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE GOT OFF EBAY ANY WAYS FROM THE  COMPETITION "A CONTROLLER" !  WII-U

LikeAWass
LikeAWass

Really liking the look of that controller. Mean's I'll have to part with my PS3 controller though and it'll be like saying goodbye to an old friend... May have become too attached. 

AlkaPorty
AlkaPorty

I love the new controller, and how the touch pad can serves as extra buttons depending on how you interact with it. I don't like the idea of the share button though, since I'm like one of the few not being on social medias, this is pretty useless to me.
But if they do 'brag clip' kinda like Onlive does, that would be amazingly fun.

edant79
edant79

I actually like the idea behind the extra speaker.

bannermanner
bannermanner

I'm still of the opinion that the Xbox 360 has the best-designed controller, but I can deal with this.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

can't wait to see some "Share" trolling in the near future via YouTube. 

lusa2106
lusa2106

I watched the video and i can tell they are the same like the DS3 only with a flipped flange

SC-Genjisamurai
SC-Genjisamurai

I dont like how this controller looks.  However maybe its looks tie in to the looks of the ps4. I guess I will judge at e3. 

Supabul
Supabul

PS4 + Dualshock 4 + Killzone SF

I'm ready a New Generation of awesomeness is about to begin

Cillah187
Cillah187

Why are people complaining about the way the controller still looks? To be fair, it has changed a little. But come on. Who out of all of you frequent gamers still even need to look at the controller during gameplay? And the feel? If you have been with the PlayStation for as long as I have (since PS1) this is the feel you are all used to. My point is, nobody looks at their controller enough to even begin care what it looks like, and the feel is the same as always and you have all dealt with it this far. Deal with it some more. It isn't the look of the controller that matters, it's what's inside it and what awesome great stuff the console has to, and will have to offer. The look and feel of the controller won't change that.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Seems like there can be a variety of uses for the controller

garrysempire
garrysempire

oiiii me pinoy sa gamespot Homer Rabara! pano ba magtrabaho dyan? hehehe!

FiFa_kirikiki
FiFa_kirikiki

Guys! Don't get ahead of it, wait until you feel and experience the controller, afterwards all negative conclusions are accepted. 

Halloll
Halloll

I'm dissapointed by the light bar, thought it would work like a pointer.

tionmedon
tionmedon

one $530.00 4 me thanks.............fap it

xRoYx
xRoYx

The music soothed me in a weird way.... 

vin_ke
vin_ke

They talked about splitscreen. Does this mean that we get more couch coop games? Hooray for that!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

i dont like the touch panel . it has no use for me. id be happy with the old duel shock, but will see how it goes and how they use the touch panel anyway.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

"Share" button?  But I don't like to share...I'm greedy.

Dasim64
Dasim64

The light bar seems like it will be a waste of battery power 99% of the time. How often do we really switch places in split screen where we need that functionality? That feature I could care less about. I wish they would actually show what the touch pad will do for games. So far we have no real idea what it's for and I have my doubts about that one too but I'll wait to see how it is implemented before judging it. The triggers look somewhat better although I think it's a bad design that they touch when you set the controller down. The grips definitely look better, a little fatter, and more rounded. I wish they had added buttons to the underside like Scuf did with their controllers. Overall it looks like an improvement over the old controller. The share button is pretty cool if it works correctly. Hopefully it will do what they are saying it will do. It always been a pain to share screen shots or video clips from a console. Maybe that will finally be changed. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Lovely, now show me that console already. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

My PS3 is packed away somewhere and I can`t be bothered to unbox it.  I thought the PS3 controller didn`t have a rumble feature.  Isn`t that where the `shock` name came from.

Please confirm or deny.

MjnE
MjnE

@bannermanner the xbox controller is the same as the ps controller only more plump and with inverted d-pad and thumbstick to avoid copyright infringement..

Hig1134
Hig1134

@MegaPhilX2 Some people actually have friends in real life. These people sometimes play local MP.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@Cillah187 I just want the darn thing to be comfortable. It could look like a giant turd, if it's comfortable and practical I wouldn't give a shit (Ha!)

Hig1134
Hig1134

@Cillah187 Agreed! Also, I think the controller looks sexy. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

hmdcrazy
hmdcrazy

@xRoYx I almost fell asleep lol its like 2am for me when I watched the video

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Dasim64``The light bar seems like it will be a waste of battery power 99% of the time.``

I think it`s safe to assume it`ll be LED which consumes very little power.

The switch places thing is hardly a selling point - it`s more a way to keep talking about it as if something is new - but not much is new or innovative.  Oh, and that revolutionary `share` button...um, yea...

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

@Sevenizz ps3 had the rumble feature in the later controls the first controls released for ps3 didnt have it

ahmed74
ahmed74

@rioleo @edant79  which the Dreamcast had 14 years ago

But seriously, I see Nintendo as the only innovators in the industry,everyone else just duplicate their ideas.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@MjnE @bannermanner The grip actually feels quite different on both consoles. The original xbox controller was closer to the dreamcast controller if anything, and the 360 is a mix between that and the DualShock, far from being "the same" as the PS controller. This PS4 controller's looking pretty swell though, useless features aside.

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

@Hig1134 @MegaPhilX2

I was sarcastic. I also like splitscreen games with friends but it seems many games don't even support this anymore and instead go online... : P

Hig1134
Hig1134

@MegaPhilX2 Now I feel like an A$$hole. XD 

Sorry dude, and I totally agree with you! The forced inclusion of MP in games is brutal nowadays!