The Dual Shock finally gets a nice revision with Dual Shock 4!
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally arrived: the day Sony’s Dual Shock controller gets a substantial makeover. Detailed shots exist, but let’s just lay out the basics right here, shall we? First, the oft-rumored touch-sensitive pad is now a simple statement of fact. Like the back of the Playstation Vita, the Dual Shock 4 has a 2 point capacitive touch panel, though in this case it’s on the front. It’s slightly wider (6.4 inches vs 6.2 on the DS3), slightly deeper (3.9 inchs vs 3.78) and just a tad thinner (2.0 inches vs 2.2 on the DS3), but weighs a little more (7.4 ounces vs 6.7). Bear in mind that these are all up in the air and could change before launch, but for now it’s what we have.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the controller, outside of the new touchpad and the share button, is the Wii-like inclusion of both a speaker and a headphone jack on the controller itself. Headphone jacks have been in place on Xbox controllers for more than a decade, but to date Nintendo has been alone in adding a speaker to the controller, which they did with both the Wii and the Wii U, in the latter case to great effect in some cases (Zombi U, I’m looking at you…from behind the couch).
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Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)
External Dimensions Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Weight Approx. 210g (tentative)
Keys / Switches PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button,
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right),
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),
R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3
button, Pad Button
Touch Pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
Motion Sensor Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, threeaxis accelerometer)
Other Features Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
Ports USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
Wireless Communication Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
Battery Type Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
Voltage DC3.7V (tentative)
Capacity 1000mAh (tentative)