E3 2014: Surgeon Simulator Coming to PS4

Funny doctor training game coming to Sony's new console "soon."

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Surgeon Simulator, Bossa Studios' funny doctor training game, is coming to the PlayStation 4 soon, it was announced today on the PlayStation Blog. The game's famously inelegant controls are making their way to the PS4 version through the DualShock 4. Here's how Bossa Studios explains Surgeon Simulator's controls on the PS4.

"The first and most obvious step to take was to map hand movement and hand rotation to the left and right thumb sticks, as this is what players tend to expect on a console game," the studio said. "The finger controls were less obvious. We had a lot of ideas which turned out to be a bit too clumsy even for Surgeon Simulator. In the end, we decided to lose the one-button-per-finger design used on the PC and instead condense it down into just two of the shoulder buttons."

"The most exciting part was when we started using the six-axis motion sensors to control the orientation of the hand," the studio added. "Our playtesters were pleasantly surprised by how good this felt. It's quite an alien feeling at first, but it gives a lot of agility to the hand, so people tended to prefer it over the stick control once they got a feel for it. We were able to sharpen up the responsiveness by feeding in a bit of the raw gyro acceleration values, by which point we decided the motion sensors should be the default control mechanism for hand rotation for Surgeon Simulator on PS4."

According to Bossa, the PS4 version of Surgeon Simulator is "even funnier" than the PC or iPad versions. The company adds that it is also thinking about support for Sony's Project Morpheus headset "in a big way."

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