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DUALSHOCK 4 Revealed: Pushing the Boundaries of Play

Shuhei Yoshida's Avatar Posted by

President, SCE Worldwide Studios

Hi Everyone! It’s a special day at PlayStation, and I hope all of you had a chance to watch the livestream of PlayStation Meeting 2013 in New York, where we just unveiled PlayStation 4. One of the most exciting components of our next-generation platform is DUALSHOCK 4, the new wireless controller that combines with PlayStation 4 to deliver new gameplay experiences that have never been possible before.


I’d like to give you a tour of DUALSHOCK 4 and the features that will provide game developers the freedom to create brand new experiences that previously were limited to their imaginations.


DUALSHOCK 4 adopts the familiar form factor of the DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller with some key enhancements:

  • Motion control is enabled by a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor
  • Dual analog sticks fine-tuned for better precision plus improved surface materials and shape for more delicate manipulation
  • L2/R2 buttons on the top of the controller employ a curved design for easier, smoother interaction
  • A new “Options” button combines the functions of the DUALSHOCK 3’s “Select” and “Start” buttons for operating in-game menus

New Ways to Play, Share and Connect

In addition to these features that build on the controls that you already know, DUALSHOCK 4 offers new features that enable new ways to play, a key part of the PS4 experience. One of the biggest innovations we’ve designed centers on the deep social interactions that will surround all games on PS4.



The “Share” button allows you to easily broadcast your gameplay in real-time through streaming sites such as Ustream, where fellow gamers can comment and even join your game in new ways. For example, if you’re stuck in a difficult level, your friends can offer health potions or special weapons that you can use during gameplay. You can also instantly upload images or video to Facebook by pressing the “Share” button. As both a developer and a gamer, I’m personally excited about the opportunity to get help from friends when facing a challenge, and I can’t wait to see what my friends are playing in real time along with videos of their favorite in-game moments.

On the front side of DUALSHOCK 4 is a light bar with LED that illuminate in various colors to match the color of the character in a game as a simple way to identify players. The colors can also provide useful information to players, such as when their character has taken damage during a game. DUALSHOCK 4 was developed alongside a second peripheral, a dual camera which can sense the depth of the environment in front of it and also track the 3D location of the controller via its light bar. The new camera incorporates four microphones capable of accurate sound detection and source origination, and it will support the PlayStation Move motion controller with more precision than ever before.


DUALSHOCK 4 also has a touchpad at the front of the controller as a new input method, offering more ways to interact with games. Additionally there’s a built-in speaker and headset jack to deliver high-fidelity sound effects from the games. A headset will be bundled with PS4, enabling gamers to chat with friends during online gaming and to hear sound effects from the controller.

There’s a lot built into DUALSHOCK 4, and the features were all thoughtfully designed with input from the development community (both our internal studios and third parties) and PlayStation gamers. Our goal was to give game creators an open canvas to express their ideas, and DUALSHOCK 4 combined with DUALSHOCK 4 will help us achieve the future of gaming that we at PlayStation see ahead of us.

What do you think? What’s your favorite new feature for DUALSHOCK 4?

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fasterthanlight8 said:

February 24th, 6:00 am

i have to get this

Richardluffy said:

February 24th, 6:57 am

awesome control cant wait 2 see console

woodstock7884 said:

February 24th, 8:01 am

Awesome system sounds like its going to be but it will be a lot better if it is going to be back words compatible and with the ps2 games and the ps3 games.


February 24th, 9:32 am

when i saw this thing i started working harder and harder to get some money hopefully $70 can seal the deal because im buying that conroller and the PS4 when they come out!.

NYPUNK88 said:

February 24th, 9:48 am

I love the new design, Sony! You people did an great job. I will definitely be picking up a PS4 and new camera or whatever its called, that black bar thing pictured above. ^.^ Day 1 Sony, Day 1!

XenoNative said:

February 24th, 12:21 pm

i love how sony announces big games and events around or on my birthday *tearing up* they really do care *sniff*

Kirk1rose23 said:

February 24th, 4:24 pm

Is the camera absolutly necessary?

phzzt said:

February 24th, 4:58 pm

Someone has probably come up with this, but that touchpad would be great for typing using handwriting recognition.

CraverShot15 said:

February 24th, 5:05 pm

About Freak’in time can’t wait!!!!!!!!!

Sh13579uail said:

February 24th, 6:29 pm

I want to be able to record my walkthroughs and upload them on my Youtube account easily on my PS4! Please make it happen!

Revolver1118 said:

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February 25th, 9:59 am


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February 25th, 10:00 am


Dolgorath said:

February 25th, 10:46 am

So how exactly is the lack of start and select going to work for PS1/PS2 classics donloaded off the PSN or PS1, PS2 and PS3 games played through Gaikai exactly?

Was this even taken into consideration?

I’d rather have the start and select buttons instead of a dumb speaker on the controller.

smushi1127 said:

February 25th, 12:22 pm

Is it just me or is that just a kinect and wii put together?

Randzz01 said:

February 25th, 1:05 pm

PLEASE make these controllers bigger then the current stock PS3 controllers.

cievyciev7414 said:

February 25th, 1:43 pm

20 bucks sas its over priced and flops and makes them go damn near bankrupt just like the ps3 did when it came out lol. You cant continue to sell ppl a gaming console and blu ray player for 250 bucks lol. Also for those of you complaining about member ships for XBL and PSN…Look im very unbiased. And my personal opinion is…You get what you pay for. More lag on ps3. More choppiness. And waaay more cheaters in online play. More so than xbox. So shove it down your throat. Quit talking about something youve never used. Oh and big ups to Sony fr steaing the original wiis idea with the integrated speaker in the controller for bad ass sound effects u cant hear through the tv. And even more ups to them for the touch pad that Wii U originated. Lol. poor sony. Always last in line.

Lifeisgood25 said:

February 25th, 2:26 pm

Ok nice remote……. WHAT ABOUT THE CONSOLE IT SELF??????

xMotion_Glide said:

February 25th, 2:52 pm

OMG i love everything bout the controller, except the option button. im pretty much a call of duty gamer and im wondering…. how will the options button work when i want to check the scoreboard(and the scoreboard for other online games). also i really want to know bout how the touch pad work for the ps4

MaFiA_Hound44 said:

February 25th, 3:39 pm

Go ahead; Tell us the price. Then everyone will think otherwise…

marshmellow567 said:

February 25th, 4:07 pm

that looks like it cost a lot of money do get mad and smash that controller

GoogleImagz said:

February 25th, 6:53 pm

So pumped… gettin it opening day for sure

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:52 pm

The PS4 still has some months to go before it hits the market and plenty of changes can happen from now to then. That said, after watching the sony PS execs/developers talk about the “future”, I am severely disappointed and feel they missed the boat. The only and best thing that Sony did with the PS3 which sets them apart from the competition, is build a best of class blu-ray player as well as a solid home media system into their console. That alone makes it a must have, however………

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:53 pm

The whole playing now while your extra content is being dowloaded in the background isn’t very revolutionary, it has been going on for a long time with PC MMORPG games, nothing special there, it depends on your internet connection on how good it works and not the console itself.

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:53 pm

The new Dual Shock 4 controller looks cool but a touch pad and a “share” button?!?!?!? Actually the headphone input is AWESOME!!!!! That is the best thing about it IMO, hopefully no more $200 plus Turtle Beach blu-ray headsets, F You Turtle Beach and your ridiculously high prices!!! Other than that which is enough for me to buy one, unless some fabulous game uses the built in touchpad, I have no use for it, fail…

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:54 pm

It seems Sony is really focusing on narcissism here with the “Share” button. In reality, the only person who gives a crap about your epic whatever, are you and your five friends.. Other than that, nobody watches it unless it is a youtube instructional video, so let’s just play the game. Not a game changer for sure… But wait, somebody else can take over for you and help you cheat!!! Actually I’d momenterily consider it for COD Black OPS 2 because I suck at it, but I’d still never do that because I’d never get better.. FAIL!

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:54 pm

Lastly (although should have been mentioned first), the main focus of the PS4 seems to be mobile based on primarily the Vita as well as smart devices. It seems to me that Sony spent a lot of money on the Vita and are trying to use the PS4 to prop up failing sales on a failing product, never a good thing. I have a smartphone that plays Angry birds for free when I’m not at home, which can use up most of my in-between 5-15 minutes of free time wherever I’m at or whatever I’m doing, if I feel the need to. NOT NEEDED on a major console which should be geared for maximum home entertainment awesomeness.

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:54 pm

In recap, Sony has some good things going with the PS4, mostly with the Dual-Shock 4 remote. Other than that, I think they missed the boat and are focusing too much on mobility and social media, which should be reserved for cell phones and laptops. Why Sony is focusing all of this tech on social media instead of your home entertainment experience is beyond me but I feel they are playing a sad game of mis-guided catch up, almost trying to be facebook…

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:55 pm

Meanwhile, Microsoft seems to be doing something awesome with their “Illumiroom” and new X-box. If that comes to fruition, they will blow the PS4 out of the water. Seriously, if it happens and Sony stays their immediate course, I’ll have a sweet blu-ray player and home media system for rock bottom dollars with my existing PS3 and be an X-box convert for video games.

LeeRoyJenknz said:

February 25th, 9:55 pm

Just my opinion, but I think Sony is going the way of the Wii U, FAIL!!!

carter93wb said:

February 26th, 4:26 am

hahaha….ima tru ps fan…hell ima member….its get bett after this…ps4 is just one of 3 more pendin to be made….da ps7 will rock the nation….#iloveps

Frankenberger said:

February 26th, 5:59 am

Looks Great but PLEASE but in an option to MUTE the person your playing against. There is nothing worse than playing Madden online and some jerk constantly talking trash! I am glad there is an option to chat but it should not be forced on everyone. Thank you.

hcohassan24 said:

February 26th, 1:22 pm

Looking Good, Can’t wait to see the PS4.

SBcoult said:

February 26th, 3:34 pm

I reallllyy dislike how “social” everything is getting. Whether it be when I am browsing the internet or my phone, or now when I play PlayStation, it seems like everyone wants everyone to SHARE everything, and it is annoying, and I feel an invasion of my privacy. I personally don’t need everyone knowing my every move, especially if I am at home being lazy and playing video games…

TheSoi2 said:

February 26th, 4:32 pm

PS4 for life! :)

hanktheshank1 said:

February 26th, 4:53 pm

Will dual shock 4 work on the ps3

n1097 said:

February 26th, 7:08 pm

Will old headsets work on the ps4?

raidersteeler said:

February 26th, 7:35 pm

…only one hope… cross-game chat?

r100170 said:

February 27th, 1:35 am

mud tires i see soon

Jodam92 said:

February 27th, 2:40 am

It all looks great, except, I’m a little skeptical about the “Options” button replacing ‘Select’ and ‘Start’ buttons. I don’t really understand how that’ll work well, because, if you remember on PS3 games, and even PS2 games, the Select button sometimes did things specific in the gameplay, like opening up a certain menu for important in-game things. If you combine the Start button and the Select button, and Xbox 720 doesn’t do the same, how will multi-platform games work if the Select button is necessary in a future game?

a---b--s said:

February 27th, 7:37 am

Suggested that let the NFC technology available in PS4

hethunder said:

February 27th, 10:49 am

Looks cool as hell. But i hope the dual 3 will work onps4 as well. cuz i have the chat pad and what not that doesnt look like it will work on this controller. Still excited about the new system.


February 27th, 1:01 pm

I am very excited about everything I have heard and seen about PS4 and the controller looks and sounds amazing BUT I CAN NOT BE THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS IT IS A HUGE MISTAKE NOT TO INCLUDE A TOUCH SCREEN CONTROLLER RATHER THAN JUST A TOUCH PAD WHEN WE ALL KNOW THE COMPETITION WILL AND WILL BE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FOR IT SINCE THAT’S ALL ANYONE TALKS ABOUT ANYMORE ON WHAT A NEXT GEN CONTROLLER NEEDS. The better more precise analog sticks was really the most important thing and it looks like they covered that but PS4 at least needs a touch screen controller upgrade option for those willing to spend the extra, What’s your thoughts everyone?

Vicious_Dave said:

February 27th, 2:23 pm

The dualshock 4 has great enhancements over it, and I’ll let you have it as easy as this. 1. L2 and R2 are now comfortably designed for trigger action games like first person shooters. 2. The placement of your palms is now more straight instead of diagonal like the previous dualshock designed controllers. 3. The addition of a touch pad makes games a new experience, you can throw an object by flicking forward thrust on it, you can dodge a missile with swiping it sideways. 4. The analog sticks are now in caved designed for a more in control feel of never losing grip. Sony, you have a perfect controller for PS4.

gocolts12 said:

February 27th, 2:54 pm

Not such good proofreading on the article. Last paragraph, ” and DUALSHOCK 4 combined with DUALSHOCK 4 will help.” read that again, and you should probably fix it. Regardless, really psyched, and it looks like they really put a lot of time into making the best design possible

bigkurt27 said:

February 27th, 3:57 pm

The controller looks very nice. and it seems like you guys really put some thought into this one and i cant even imagine what i would have done differently if given the chance. the weight and feel will be a big factor so i need to wait until i get the PS4 to really know for sure but from what i can see it looks awesome.

NastyN8 said:

February 27th, 4:00 pm

This controller looks dope. Im guessing its gonna have good battery life like the dualshock3 and i can plug it into anything with a USB to charge it

j0ker21m said:

February 27th, 4:48 pm

I would like to see upgraded servers. Free servers is one of the biggest features that allures customers, but I’d also like the option to pay for less laggy servers.

Other than that, the PS4 looks absolutely amazing. I think the jump between the ps3 to ps4 is about as big as the jump was from ps2 to ps3. It seems to be a huge upgrade. Thanks Sony!

King_Dre41 said:

February 27th, 4:49 pm

The New Controller looks amazing! But what happened to the start button?

Bush363 said:

February 28th, 7:41 am

I’m confused about how the touch pad will be used. It seems to be located in an awkward place on the controller. Would you either have to reach your thumb over the D-Pad and Action Buttons, or take your hand off the grips to reach? It seems by it’s location that it will not be easily accessible.

Second question, why has this next gen counsel not been upgraded to solid state? Why not use an SSD, which would cut down considerably on the overheating problems, and is still lightning fast, and has plenty of affordable storage space and power.

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