Sony Computer Entertainment has announced its fourth-generation Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless controller for PlayStation 4 (DualShock 4), which incorporates a touchpad and LED light bar, as well as PlayStation 4 Eye, a new camera for the forthcoming PlayStation 4 video game system.
Sony DualShock 4 incorporates a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a two-point touch pad located on the front of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games. DualShock 4 features a light bar on the top with three color LEDs that illuminate in various colors. The light bar illuminates to match the color of characters in a game and changes patterns during gameplay to provide useful information to gamers, such as when a character is critically low on health or has taken major damage.
In addition, DualShock 4 will come with a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, enabling PS4 users to enjoy high-fidelity sound effects of games from both the TV and also from the controller. Combined with the Mono Headset that will be bundled with PS4, gamers will also be able to chat with friends playing online, while hearing sound effects from the controller in hand.
While integrating "Select" and "Start" buttons on DualShock 3 wireless controller into a new “Options” button, DualShock 4 is newly equipped with a “Share” button to enhance PS4’s social capabilities. The “share” button allows gamers to easily broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends through Internet streaming services such as Ustream. Users can also share their triumphs and accomplishments by uploading video gameplay to Facebook.
Gamers can charge DualShock 4 while PS4 is on standby or through a dedicated charging station. For convenience, the controller can also be charged with smartphone chargers via USB.
During the creation of DualShock 4, Sony Computer Entertainment worked with key partners in the development community to improve the feel of the left / right sticks and the trigger buttons, the result is a much tighter sense of control over in-game actions.
PlayStation 4 Eye
PlayStation 4 Eye, a newly developed camera for PS4 incorporates two high-sensitive cameras (with up to 1280*800 resolution at 60fps) that have wide-angle lenses with 85-degree diagonal angle views which can recognize the depth of space precisely. This enables PlayStation 4 Eye to cut out the image of player from background, or to grasp players’ position in front and behind, further broadening the ways to enjoy games. Incorporated four microphones are also capable of accurate sound detection and source origination. The PS4 Eye connects to proprietary PS4 aux connector using 2m cable.
In addition, users will be able to login to their PS4 with face recognition and are capable of using their own body movements or voices to enjoy games more intuitively. Furthermore, PlayStation 4 Eye senses the color of DualShock 4’s light bar to judge the positions of multiple players, and set characters in the same positions or let a character talk to a particular player, enabling players to enjoy games in new way. PlayStation 4 Eye also supports PlayStation Move motion controller. It detects the motion of PS Move more precisely, and reflects players’ in-game motion more accurately than ever.
SCE will announce new details of PS4 and its robust lineup of games from 3rd party developers and publishers, the independent gaming community and SCE Worldwide Studios, as well as further enhancements to the entire PlayStation ecosystem between now and the holiday 2013 launch.