Sony unveils enhanced DualShock 4 controller

Lead system architect Mark Cerny shows off the PlayStation 4's social-centric, touch-screen-enabled controller.

Sony unveiled the next evolution of the DualShock controller for the recently announced PlayStation 4.

The two most notable features of the DualShock 4 are its touch screen and share button, which will enable players to capture and share gameplay clips with friends and the gaming community at large. According to Sony, the share button will allow players to broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends through internet streaming services such as Ustream. Players can also upload video gameplay to Facebook.

The new DualShock 4 controller will incorporate a new six-axis sensor as well as a light bar with three color LEDs that illuminate to match the color of characters in a game to offer a way for players to identify other players. According to Sony, the light bar also changes patterns during gameplay to provide information to gamers, such as when a character is critically low on health or has taken damage.

The controller also comes with a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack. This, combined with the Mono Headset that will be bundled with PS4, will give gamers the chance to chat with friends playing online, while hearing sound effects from the controller.

Sony briefly noted that the rumble functionality has been upgraded, but offered no additional details during his presentation.

The publisher also offered details about the new PlayStation Eye camera for the PS4. According to Sony, the new camera incorporates two high-sensitive cameras that have wide-angle lenses with 85-degree diagonal angle views, which enables it to cut out the image of player from background, or to grasp player's position in front and behind.

Sony says players will be able to log in to their PS4 with face recognition and will be capable of using their own body movements in games more intuitively. The camera can also reportedly sense the light bar on the DualShock 4 controller to judge the positions of multiple players, and set characters in the same positions or let a character talk to a particular player. The camera will also support the PlayStation Move controller, detecting the motion with more accuracy and reflecting players' in-game motion.

Stay tuned to GameSpot for more PlayStation 4 announcements as they become available.

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vicke32
vicke32

Overcharged PC architecture
What, as in; we're paying too much?
X86 CPU
32-bit system in 2013? Seriously?
Enhanced PC GPU
Doesn't mean anything.
8 GB unified memory
8 GB ram isn't all that much.
Local Storage HDD
Woah, hasn't seen that since the dawn of the digital era, a harddrive you can use as a harddrive? What's next? A chassis?


newtech12
newtech12

This controller looks great. The trackpad will help internet browsing and menus.

megakick
megakick

Its' a track pad, the pad on your LAPTOP not screen... CRAPTASTIC!!!

returnofsoma42
returnofsoma42

I wonder if you'll be able to paly games on the Dualshock 4's touchscreen?

Tenaku
Tenaku

Why do so many people call it a touch-screen?

luisung
luisung

I'll talk when i've putt my hands on one.

aXeem316
aXeem316

nice i like it - dint understand y players had issue with the r2 l2 n e way - dont let us down sony thanks !

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

The R2 triggers still look like rubbish...bad Sony, bad.

legionofme
legionofme

Same config/trigger setup as Xbox, same souped-up PC approach as Xbox and announced early... Can anyone smell next gen lite?

Or court action? 

IcarusSilverkin
IcarusSilverkin

R.I.P start and select buttons, thanks PS4 for giving us sh*t and unwanted alternatives . Love you loads x 

blueboykc
blueboykc

looks like a shiny turd with  bells and whistles..

Codester_41
Codester_41

Wondering if the move will be revamped, because it is an ugly accessory...

Talisac
Talisac

Didn't like that touchpad in the middle of the controller, nor do I trust Sony to make full use of it, just like PS3 we had a few game games that used that "balance tilt" thing, most didn't work correctly, and after a while that was not even a feature in games anymore. I feel about it towards the touchpad most of all, anyone who was foolish enough (like me) to buy a Vita knows that the portable actually rocks, but for some reason it's not explored by Sony... I enjoyed most of what I heard about PS4 in general anyway and there's a great chance I'll buy it, but first I want to hear about Microsoft's new console, I want to compare exclusive games that sort of thing. Watch Dogs is the one game that has my attention at the moment.

Soleride
Soleride

The controller looks better but judging by this article the controller sounds more like a gimmick rather than anything innovative, and if you were to buy a second pad to have one spare so your broke friend can come around and play with you, looks to be quite costly more than the £39.99 you would pay for the PS3 controller 

JOLIVERW
JOLIVERW

Really nice controller, but it looks like it will be expensive when you need to buy a second one.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

I really like the controller! It looks much more ergonomic, and definitely aesthetically pleasing.

Karjah
Karjah

I just really hope that damned light doesn't reflect off my plasma TV like the stupid move controller.  

Also it's a touchpad and not a touchscreen.  It's not used to display anything it's simply a touch interface.

mrblue2800
mrblue2800

sony coppied the design of the controller form xbox 360(only the controller not the buttons or ...)

IcemanX5
IcemanX5

I like the new controller. Am not to crazy about the Touchpad but I kinda know what its for. Am guessing its for better multi-tasking....say you want to chat, a keyboard would pop up on screen. After you hit the Share button ask you want you want to do next. Dualshock 3 had 3 buttons. home, start & select. Just a though

bmart970
bmart970

Why the touch screen? Seems like an unnecessary attempt to compete with the WiiU.

sonic_man00
sonic_man00

I like it, But wouldn't pay a whole lot for it.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I dont know about anybody else but the controller looks pretty bad a$$ to me. I hope the console will look even better.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Some of us weren't as lucky as others. At least yours, Parrot, was still well within the warranty time period. That sucks though 30 minutes of bliss then *dead *

emfan457
emfan457

That light bar is not only totally ridiculous, it's also useless (why would I look at the top of my controller for my health? or anyone else's controller especially!), it'll raise the cost of the controller, and it'll drain battery life. But it doesn't look so bad, I don't know why people think it still looks like a prototype. But seriously, ditch that light bar like you ditched that dumb Wonderbook stuff.

Flint247
Flint247

I am glad it has a touch screen. Touch screens make gaming interesting, at least in my opinion.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

It was uncomfortable 17 years ago, it'll be uncomfortable now. One of the main reasons I don't play PS3 much.

thechuck11
thechuck11

Does anyone know if they confirmed cross game chat?

2beers_in_hand
2beers_in_hand

I like the look of the new controller, it look's to be a good evolution of the Dual Shock. The unfinished prototype comment is hilarious. I believe Sony learned from the past and the new controller will be cost effective none of the tech seems to scream super expensive. If any thing Sony is saving you money day one. Think about it how much does video capturing software or equipment cost currently?

kalipekona
kalipekona

It looks great. Seems they took everything great about Dualshock 3 and improved the few areas that were lacking. The touchpad simply offers more oportunities.

feryl06
feryl06

The more important question---how much will this cost? And also, if this will be the final look of this controller... 

TeamLaFours
TeamLaFours

@UrbanMessiah   you're telling me you didn't buy a pair of Pelican triggers for your controller?  I've had mine for YEARS.  I've also been rockin' a pair of Kontrol Freeks too. 

travo0159
travo0159

@buffaloblitz85 yeah its bio-degradeable, also follows the EPA's current emission laws required of new vehicles.

travo0159
travo0159

@JOLIVERW and of course who doesnt angrily buy a second controller when you pick up a new system because we all say the same thing to ourselves when that time comes "what a rip off they dont come with 2 controllers"

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@mrblue2800 

Well to me it looks similar to the Playstation 1 controller, which existed a decade before any XBOX did. Troll harder dipsh!t.

Karjah
Karjah

@bmart970 Your both wrong.  It's a touchpad not a touchscreen.  Big difference there.  Think of it as an extra button you have to touch.  

I don't think it's so much a compete with wiiu thing as much as it is a new means of camera control in games.  But in any case we will see more soon I'm sure.

unfreak-believ
unfreak-believ

@emfan457 I actually like the fact that it can be used to signal what character you are.  That would help immensely when passing around controllers on 4 player  games.

ProdjectAUSM
ProdjectAUSM

@emfan457 It's not a "health bar," it's a light that a camera uses to track the controller. It's essentially a move controller.