Sony showed off its new hardware and software for the upcoming Playstation 4 during a live stream event yesterday. (If you missed it, you can still catch a replay by clicking on that link)
Along with its impressive new software, it also introduced two devices that will work with the Playstation 4 — the DUALSHOCK 4 controller and the Playstation 4 Eye Camera. Let’s take a closer look at the features of each device.
The new wireless DUALSHOCK 4 has a similar design to the DUALSHOCK 3, but it promises its new features will bring about innovations for a better gaming experience. DUALSHOCK 4 incorporates a new six-axis sensor, as well as a 2 point touch pad (that also clicks!) located on the front of the controller.
Sony didn’t give any specific examples of what the touch pad would be used for, but we can probably expect game developers to use it in a similar fashion to the touch pad found on the rear of the Playstation Vita. It would also make sense to allow gamers to use it for easier navigation when surfing the web on their PS4.
A new addition to the DUALSHOCK 4 is the three color LEDs found at the top of the controller. The light bar will be able to change colors to match the color of characters in a game for easier player identification. It will also give gamers critical information by changing its pattern during gameplay, for example if you running critically low on health.
Gone are the Start and Select buttons, instead they have been combined them into an Options button found at the upper part of the remote to the right of the touch pad. Two the left of the touch pad, gamers will find the new Share button. Sony is really trying to push social media interaction with their new console. By pressing the share button, players can broadcast gameplay footage through streaming services such as Ustream or upload video to Facebook.
According to Sony, the Playstation 4 console will be constantly compressing and converting gameplay footage so gamers don’t have to worry about all the technical aspects of posting a video.
Other DUALSHOCK 4 controller features include a built-in speaker and headset jack, allowing gamers to speak in a headset and simultaneously game audio coming from the controller, improved analog and trigger buttons, and the ability to charge the controller even when the system is off.
The Playstation 4 Eye looks very different from its predecessor and looks more Kinect-like. Pictured above on top of a television, the PS4 Eye works with the Playstation Move and the DUALSHOCK 4 controller.
The Eye now packs two cameras. Individually they capture 1280×800 pixel RAW/YUV video at 30fps each. Each camera also has a wide-angle lens with 85-degree diagonal angle views, which should make it easier for it to pick up depth of field and location of several players. It also uses the LED colors on the DUALSHOCK 4 to help it locate players.
The Eye has four built-in microphones to help it pick up audio commands. Sony plans to allow users to log in to their PS4 using facial recognition.
Sony didn’t announce availability or pricing for either accessory (not to mention we didn’t even get to see the console itself) during its presentation, but we’ll keep an eye out for that information as it becomes available.
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