The PlayStation brand is known for giving gamers a slate of awesome first-party experiences and a great online plan that awards everyone with free games every month. The PS brand is also strong because of its super comfortable controller – the DualShock. With the impending release of the PS4, this means that a fourth iteration of that famed controller is coming. Check out the video above about the DualShock 4.
Here’s the fast 5 facts you need to know about the DualShock 4.
1. The DualShock 4 Has Some Similarities to the DualShock 3
The DualShock 4 retains a few features from its predecessor, the DualShock 3. It’s not hard to notice that the recognizable face buttons (the Triangle, Square, Circle and the X button) have been retained for this new game pad. The overall look of the DualShock 4 is somewhat similiar to the DualShock 3, albeit a few changes here and there. The D-Pad, analog sticks, L1/L2/R1/R2 triggers and rumble feature from the DualShock 3 come to the DualShock 4 with some noticeable improvements.
2. The Controller Comes With Several Improved Features
Sony’s official blog made sure to point out the improvements seen for the DualShock 4′s D-Pad, analog sticks and L1/L2/R1/R2 triggers. Here’s their official impressions about the D-Pad:
The directional pad — always a strength on PlayStation controllers — also impressed. It boasts a unified design that reminded me of PS Vita’s well-liked pad, only oversized and sporting a slightly more tactile finish. The depth and response of the pad felt just right: Not too clicky, not too mushy; not too deep, not too shallow.
As for the analog sticks, they’ve been redesigned to feature an inside concave and a more tactile surface:
Then there are the redesigned and retuned analog sticks, which now boast a concave surface and slightly stiffer deadzone that makes it easier to maneuver the camera using small, precise movements. The surface is also more tactile, but not so much that it impedes your thumb’s ability to glide around the inner rim as your make subtle adjustments to your aiming reticule in shooters like Blacklight: Retribution. Much like DualShock 4′s new textured grips, the revamped analog sticks are a clear improvement to the classic design sported by DualShock 2 and DualShock 3. It’s no contest.
And lastly, the controller’s top trigger buttons return once again:
Finally, the new L2 and R2 triggers are exactly what you would hope for and expect. Featuring a slightly “hooked” design and less pressure resistance, these puppies are a perfect fit for your itchy trigger finger. I was also pleased to find that DualShock 4′s L1 and R1 buttons feel almost identical to those on PS3. Why fix what ain’t broken, right? It will be interesting to see if developers of PlayStation 4 shooters enable the player to swap the firing buttons between R2 and R1 like they often do on PS3, or if R2 becomes the universal standard going forward.
Each of these features were already great on the PS3′s controller, but now they’re going to become even greater as they transform for the DualShock 4. As for the overall feel of the controller, a new glossy texture has been situated around the large handles. These handles are said to make the DualShock 4 feel a bit snuggier in the hands of gamers, as opposed to the slippery feeling they got when wielding the DualShock 3.
3. It Features A Share Button
One of the most important new features is the Share button. This button is meant to give gamers easier access to the posting of their photo/video content through the PS4 itself. While in the middle of a intense gaming session, players can click the Share button and instantly record or take snapshots of whatever they’re playing. Those gameplay videos and photos can then be uploaded and shared among other gamers through the PS4′s online network. This shared footage content can also be put on Facebook and Ustream.
4. There’s A Touchpad In The Middle of It
The new touchpad is on the front of this controller, which is similiar to the touchpad attached to the back of the PS Vita handheld. Gamers will be able to use the touchpad during gameplay as they swipe it with their thumbs or click on it to coincide with what’s going on on the screen. This touchpad could easily be used to perform more intricate motions as they software lineup takes better use of it.
5. A Light Bar and a Speaker Are Also A Part of The Controller
The Light Bar addition to the DualShock 4 is located on top of the controller. This bar entails the use of four different colored LEDs, which will display colors according to what’s happening in the game. For example, the Light Bar may change color when your onscreen character is low on health. The possibilities are endless as to what the Light Bar can be utilized for.
The added speaker will operate like the internal speaker for the Wii’s remote control (WiiMote). Gamers will certainly hear in-game audio as it comes through the DualShock 4′s speaker. The rumble feature has thankfully been improved, thanks to multiple internal vibration motors. For those gamers who like to game with a headset, a headphone jack is located on the bottom of the controller.