Last night at Sony’s PlayStation 4 unveiling, the electronics giant laid rumors to rest as they announced the fourth generation PlayStation would soon be available. While images of the new console itself were surprisingly scarce, Sony did show off the new and improved DualShock 4 controller.
On the outside, the design hasn’t changed all that much from the DualShock 3 – but don’t let the exterior fool you. Under the hood, it’s got a handful of improvements and next-gen features:
- Motion control is enabled by a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor
- Dual analog sticks fine-tuned for better precision plus improved surface materials and shape for more delicate manipulation
- L2/R2 buttons on the top of the controller employ a curved design for easier, smoother interaction
- A new “Options” button combines the functions of the DUALSHOCK 3’s “Select” and “Start” buttons for operating in-game menus
- An LED light bar that helps players identify each other by matching colors both in and out of the game
- A built-in touchpad that provides users a new input method and offers more ways to interact with games
In addition to the DualShock 4, Sony also unveiled a new peripheral: a dual camera known as the PlayStation Eye 4, that can sense the depth of the environment in front of it and track the 3-dimensional location of the controller. Much like Xbox’s Kinect, this new camera bar also includes a set of microphones that can be use for void control.
For a closer look at the controller and camera, check out out analysis of both here.
Sony has yet to announce an official release date for the PS4, but did announce that it will become available this holiday season.