10:06 AM - February 21, 2013 by MMChrisS
One of the big hardware reveals last night was the new DualShock 4 controller that will come packaged with the Playstation 4 console. The controller has an overall familiar theme, which is a good thing when it comes to entering a new generation of consoles. Back are the two analog sticks and the familiar d-pad and shape buttons.
But that doesn't mean the DualShock 4 doesn't come with a whole level of new -- because that is definitely the case as well. New to the controller is a touchpad on the front and rear of the controller, which will allow for PS Vita like multi-touch control over your PS4 games. Also included is a new share button on the top left of the controller, which will allow you to share screenshots, movies, and live streams of your games to all of your friends -- thanks to Playstation's new partnership with UStream. Think about the implications for leagues and how much cooler online dynasties and franchises just became.
Also included in the new controller is a PS Move like light bar that, when paired with the enhanced PS Eye camera that will itself allow for face recognition log-ins to the console. This combination gives you motion control capabilities for the PS4, potentially right out of the box if the PS Eye camera is shipped with the console. How this will combine with sports games is an interesting thought experiment, but it's not impossible to see the touch pad and motion control capabilities of the new console really make for some interesting possibilities within sports games.
You will also find a microphone jack for headsets, better rumble technology, reduced latency, a unified start/select button in the options button, and the possibility of an enhanced experience via a peripheral which senses your depth and 3D position in the room you are in.
How do you like the new DualShock 4 controller?