A closer look at the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4

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Love it or hate it, here’s a closer look at the PlayStation 4 controller, the DualShock 4. It’s just like the DualShock 3, except it comes with some new additional features. What are these features? Well let me tell you.

The controller has better motion technology thanks to the improved six-axis sensor.

The dual analog sticks’ surface has better grip handling and precision.

The L2/R2 buttons curves out more, which should be useful for FPS games. The DualShock 3’s L2/R2 also sticks out (although not as much), but FPS games almost always have L1/R1 as trigger buttons. Let’s see if developers will really utilize this.

The “Option” button will combine the “Select” and “Start” buttons.

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The “Share” button will share your gameplay through services like Ustream. One of the things you can do with the “Share” button is help out a friend by offering health potions or special weapons. I’m not really sure how that’s going to work, but it sounds interesting. You can also share screenshots and videos via Facebook with the “Share” button.

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As you can see, the front part of DS4 is the LED light bar. The color changes to identify the players. It can also indicate player information like whether a player is being damaged or not. It also helps improve the PS4 dual camera peripheral. Just think of the controller as a PlayStation Move controller. It also has four microphones for better audio detection.

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The most noticeable difference is the addition of the touchpad. If you’ve used the Wii U and PS Vita, then you should kind of get a hint at the possibilities of incorporating touch gameplay.

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Other additions include built-in speakers. And this time, a headset will be included with the system, something that the Xbox 360 has been doing.

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