Does Sony Have Next-Gen Under Control? Dualshock 4 Unveiled

Sony's intriguing and possibly awesome new controller.

All hail the POTENTIOMETER! It’s the resistor used in things like the volume control in whatever device you hear the PSNation Podcast’s silver-tongued hosts from. And it’s your dining room dimmer switch that makes romantic dinners before the “BOW-CHICKA-BOW-WOW” possible.
We gamers have them under our thumbs. They are our analog sticks. They move our minds and hearts and intentions around all those fantasic worlds we inhabit. Also we crouch to get under junk.

It’s hard to believe in a time when controllers didn’t have them. Odd, since none of our phones or IOS devices do. More odd still is the idea that the reverse will soon be true! Our PS4 controllers will have a touch of the touch screen. And by 2020 we just might wonder how we ever got along in those retro-days of twitching thumbs without a sudden SWIPE to break the tension.

Tonight Sony announced its next great console generation. While the platform itself seems filled to overflowing with incredible ideas, the controller seemed a bit more sketchy. Here is the skinny so far:

The Dualshock 4 controller includes enhanced rumble function, a touch screen where the Dualshock 3 select and start buttons lie, a SHARE button for instant video upload and on-line broadcast of gameplay, a headphone jack, a lightbar much like the glowing globe of the Move controller. Apart from the controller there will come packaged along a stereo camera bar to position near one’s television much like a Wii sensor bar or, dare I say it, a Kinect peripheral.

In short, it appears that this controller will do everything except go to the bathroom for you. The most striking idea occurring to me is that first person shooters can be played without needing any button pushes to draw a weapon, aim or sight down the barrel. That frees-up buttons for other functionality but more importantly, if the responsiveness is tight enough, means that aiming and shooting can happen almost as fluidly and quickly as seeing the target and twitching. If you think FPSes can get frantic now just wait.

I find the headphone jack perplexing, however. Unless Sony is trying to entice 360 fanboys by saving them money on a new headset. It’s a bit like putting bicycle pedals on a Lamborghini.

But that SHARE button adds an incredible functionality that nearly puts out of business the sellers of gaming video/audio capture and distribution. You no longer even have to plan in advance. Just hit the button! Someone should tell YouTube they’re gonna need a bigger server farm.

What did you think of the new controller? Loved it? Hated it? Please rant or rave in the comments.

 

Written by Keith Dunn-Fernández

Keith Dunn-Fernández

An actor/director and more lucratively an Administrative Assistant at a small paper company in NYC, Keith loves his games. And he loves to write. And he is a bit of a sarcasmo.

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