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The New PlayStation 4 Controller: DualShock 4 Info

Updated on February 23, 2013

No controller in the history of gaming has been quite as reliable as the PlayStation's controller. Once the DualShock was introduced a few years into the PS1's lifespan, very little has changed about this classic piece of gaming hardware. Although there have been additions over the years, the basics have remained the same.

The style remains the same with the PlayStation 4, but this is the first time in over a decade that there has been a significant redesign of the DualShock controller. Read on to find out all about the PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 and how it changes from older models of the DualShock while still honoring the legacy of the controllers that came before it.

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What's new in the DualShock 4?

Here are the ways in which the PlayStation 4 controller has changed in comparison to the SixAxis.

  • The DualShock 4 will have a touch sensitive pad between the two analog sticks, where the Start and Select buttons were in previous versions of the controller. It will be a two-point touch system which means that it will be able to understand input from two discreet points on the touch pad. This is almost identical the touch pad found on the back of the Vita.
  • The PlayStation 4 controller will feature a share button, allowing PS4 owners to instantly share video of their gameplay to YouTube or to set up a broadcast stream of their playing on Ustream for live shows.
  • The PS4's new controller will feature colored LEDs on the back portion of the controller. These multi-colored lights will be used to designate players. They will also be used by the PlayStation Eye to aid in motion gaming.
  • The analog sticks now feature a concave indention that is more comfortable for the thumb.
  • Both analog sticks will be better tuned and calibrated. What does that mean? The PlayStation 4 will no longer have the "dead spots" that plagued the PS3 controller.
  • The PS4 controller will have a headphone jack directly on the controller. The PS4 will ship with a mono headset.

What is the PS4 Controller Keeping?

Just like the older PlayStation controllers, the DualShock 4 will feature two analog sticks and four face buttons. As always, Sony will be using shapes to designate which button is which.

There will also be four trigger buttons located on the top of the controller as before. They have slightly changed the L2 and R2 triggers to come to more of a point, but otherwise there are very few differences in how they are designed.

It is, however, not likely that the PS4 controller will feature the SixAxis gyroscope. The PlayStation Eye, a Kinect-like motion sensitive bar that will ship with the PS4 will replicate that experience without requiring any extra tech in the PlayStation 4 controller.

Can you use the Vita as a PS4 controller?

Yes, you absolutely can use the Vita as a PlayStation 4 controller. Although it has been possible to do some cross-gaming using the Vita, it has only been possible on a very limited number of games on the PS3. The PS4, however, will allow universal streaming of PS4 games directly to the Vita.

This will require the PS4 be on, of course. The Vita is still a handheld and can't process the type of graphics seen in a PS4 game. It does mean, though, that it is possible to sit down on your couch, start playing a PS4 game on your vita while your roommate plays a different system or watches TV.

What games are available on the PS4?

The PS4 will be courting a wide variety of developers to produce games for their new system. Companies like Blizzard, Quantic Dream, Capcom, Square Enix, and Ubisoft have all announced major games that will be released alongside the PlayStation 4.

The PS4 is also making a major play to bring in indie developers to design downloadable titles for the PlayStation Network. Braid creator Jonathan Blow has made a surprise announcement that he will be debuting his newest game on the PS4.

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Need more information about the PlayStation 4? Click here to find out all about the tech specs of Sony's new console.

Drop a note below and let us know what you think about the PS4 controller or if you have any questions!


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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I have always found Sony, in video games as interesting. It is only the pad that really deters me from enjoying the console. I know people love it. I just have not had good experiences with it. Great article though.