Here’s an up-close look at Sony’s new DualShock 4 controller for the PS4. As most of you already know, it includes a capacitive touchscreen at the center of the controller, two updated analog sticks, and a newly added speaker. Continue reading for more pictures and a video.
The DualShock 4 features the following buttons: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, d-pad, action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), shoulder buttons (R1/L1), triggers (R2/L2), analog stick click buttons (L3/R3) and a touch pad click button. These mark several changes from the DualShock 3 and other previous PlayStation controllers. The START and SELECT buttons have been merged into a single OPTIONS button. A dedicated SHARE button will allow players to upload video from their gameplay experiences. The joysticks and triggers have been redesigned based on developer input.
The joysticks will now feature a concave surface, similar to that of the Xbox 360 controller. The DualShock 4 will also feature a light bar that can display different colors. These colors will indicate which player is which, and alert the player to critical messages such as low health. It will also interact with the camera attachment; the external camera attachment perceives movement and depth by using the controller’s light bar, based on the existing technology used in the PlayStation Move. The PlayStation 4 will also offer support for the existing PlayStation Move controller.