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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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.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

For some odd reason, I always get Sony consoles for free.  My PS1 was won at a work function - my PS2 became mine when I rented it from a video store that went out of business - PSP was a gift (I didn`t even ask for, mind you) - and my buddy got a PS3 in a police raid and had no use for it.  Whenever I don`t want something, it just falls into my lap.

But even the cosmos aren`t dumb enough to give me a Vita lol.

bkohary
bkohary

Will the PS4 look like a mothership version of the dual shock controller. Imagine some kind of mini aricraft carrier looking device where you can load controllers onto it.

Husko
Husko

The ps3 controller is sexy.   You will make love to it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Sony is seriously sticking with that poorly designed non ergonomic controller, eh.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

So, what's next for me?

Tomorrow, I'm buying MLB 13 the show.  (wanted to wait till the end of exams, before getting it)

Then in fall, GTA V, and the puppeteer will be my last PS3 games ever.

Everything after those 2 games are going to be on the new PS4, that I will get day one.

(So, I will get BF4, Watch dogs and all that stuff on the PS4)

xboxps2cube
xboxps2cube

i dont care about kinect or move... i really just want a system with good games and a good controller to play them on... graphics do matter but only to a certain extent... you guys seen crysis... all flash dumb everything else.  gamers dont have time for that. give me more games!

peladex31
peladex31

seriously, this controller sucks ass.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I plan to get a PS4 maybe after the first price drop unless there are some really big PS4 only titles I can't play on my PC or PS3.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

The split-screen re-positioning to your location if you are playing couch co-op/multiplayer is a pretty cool feature. 

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

WHY is the speaker on the controler a TERRIBLE IDEA? Becuase I use top of the line gaming headphones! just like million of other gamer. I would have to have a 5,000$ sound system to match the quailty of my 200$ headphones. this is fact. not to mention I live in an APT and cant blast my neighbors out. 

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

"Launch lineup will be stronger than any other Sony console" 

I SURE HOPE SO!!! I love sony, and their systems are great, but they have the WORST launches EVER!!! PS2 was terrible. PS3 was so bad I sold my ps3 and waited 1 year before I bought another one. VITA. etc. etc. They all all slow out of the gate. but pick up great latter. 

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I finding this hard to believe.  Sonys game studios told Sony the new controller should require a camera that records everything the player dose while playing so every embarrassing thing they do is recorded.

beuneus12
beuneus12

lol ofcourse they are the highest %

with all them Wii's sitting somewhere gathering dust


beuneus12
beuneus12

insomniac is with EA now? 

WTF

beuneus12
beuneus12

I guess the people at Sony are also reading the next Xbox rumors

xincubuzzx
xincubuzzx

Those asking to see the console, keep calm and save the moment for E3.

xincubuzzx
xincubuzzx

Oh yeah! can't wait to feel them curves.... :o!!!!.... :)