Meet the DualShock 4

As if we didn’t see this happening, Sony unveiled the controller that will take you into the next generation, the DualShock 4. Closely resembling the leaked prototype controller, the DualShock 4 features some brand new elements, that we are really excited about.

The new “light bar” added to the front of the controller will replace the tiny red light indicators on the previous controller, as well as possibly displaying health in specific games. Gone are the Start and Select buttons, replaced by a touch pad (similar to the back fo the PS Vita), a Share button and an Options button. The Share buttons allows you to instantly upload footage, that the console is always recording, and share it with your friends on a wide selection of platforms. The touch pad can also be clicked in, similar to how you would click in the analog sticks for L3 and R3. At the bottom of the DualShock 3, Sony has added a headset jack option, removing the requirement of forcing uses to use a Bluetooth enabled headset. If Sony includes a headset with every console, there should be a lot more players using voice options during online matches.

The rear triggers have been redesigned and hopefully they will feel better than they did on the DualShack 3. An included microphone sits below the touch pad, but no details have been given if it can be used for voice chat or certain mechanics within games.

The analog sticks have been changed from the classic convex design that was been in use since the original PlayStation, to concave tops, similar to the Xbox 360 controller.

In addition, the DualShock 4 has put on a little weight, weighing in at 7.4 ounces and appears to be a bit bulky when compared to the DualShock 3.

The new PlayStation 4 Eye camera uses two sets of lenses that can accurately tell the depth of the player when used in conjunction with the four microphones to detect the origination of any sounds.

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