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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  • I totally agree. The touchpad has the potential to change the way we play games on a console. I’m interested in seeing what Microsoft ends up doing with its Surface tableta., and integration into the next Xbox.

  • I totally agree. The touchpad has the potential to change the way we play games on a console. I’m interested in seeing what Microsoft ends up doing with its Surface tablets, and integrating them into the next Xbox.

  • Good job on your first article, keith! I yhink the controller looks awesome. I can’t wait for the share button.

  • Tyger0

    The headphone jack actually is pretty cool as this may mean that we may possibly see more features like the audio from Dead Space 3 where each player could hear something different. Also this may be their way to get around Microsoft’s cross game chat patents and bring that function to PS3 players. I just wonder since they kept saying it was a wireless controller, is it true wireless or bluetooth.

    • Blutooth is wireless. No wires. I am confused.

      • Tyger0

        By that I mean are we using bluetooth 4.0, IR like the TV remotes (and I think XBox uses), etc. Just wanted to know if you think their sticking with what they’ve used on the PS3 or are going in a different direction.

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  • acho13

    Great job on your first article keith.
    The things that I like the look of are the thumb sticks and the l&r 2 triggers. I had covers on my thumb sticks for better grip but as the just slid over them they soon became worn and stretched and would slide off. I do have trigger attachments on my l&r 2 and they make a big difference to me especially in fps games. So having the ridged thumb sticks and curved triggers on the new controller is exactly what I was hoping for. The touch pad I can see coming into it’s own when scrolling through menu’s or inventories in game.

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