Sony unveils DualShock 4 controller with touchpad and 3D camera tracking

Written by Russell Co. Posted in Accessories, Gaming, Launch, Networking, News

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Published on February 21, 2013 with No Comments

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The company has unveiled its newest controller at its “See the Future” event and it’s spot on with the prototype controller that has been going around. The new DualShock 4 sports a touchpad, headphone jack, a dedicated “Share” button, and a light bar that changes colors during play and identifies players. Essentially it looks like a classic DualShock that’s gained a bit of heft.

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The light bar isn’t purely a cosmetic feature either as it doubles as a motion tracking bar that can be tracked via a 3D camera. This depth sensing feature has been designed to take advantage of new features such as an instant suspension mode that saves your game and places the console in low-power mode.

Social media and sharing seems to be an integral part of Sony’s image of its next-generation console and it’s present on the DualShock 4. The dedicated share button pushes this through unique video-sharing features that lets users stream video from games as you play them while also letting them what others over the PlayStation Network. Sony says that with the PS4’s dedicated, always-on video compression can seamlessly upload gameplay as you play. Video sharing isn’t the only social feature as friends interact with you while you play, post to your screen if you allow them, or even take over your controller. Sony has also partnered up with Facebook and Ustream to integrate its video-sharing features to reach a wider audience.

While we may know what the DualShock 4 looks like, we still have no idea what the console itself looks like.