If you were lucky enough to acquire one of the 12,300 limited edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles, then has Sony got the accessories for you! Otherwise, here’s some gray stuff.
The PS4 controller is a pretty darn good video game controller, but there's always room for improvement.
Ever since I started playing games on my PS4, one thing about the console's controller has always stood out to me. It makes a lot of noise. Audio feedback is nothing new or unique to the DualShock 4, but it's particularly...noticeable on the thing. Like the controller is nudging you and shouting, "Hey! I'm over here!"
I really like Sony's DualShock 4 controller. I use it a lot, both for playing games on PS4 and also, lately, for PC games. But there is one aspect I'm not wild about: Those slippery thumbsticks.
If you're using a controller to play a PC game—I know, I know, shhh, it's okay—chances are the on-screen prompts you see will match up with an Xbox controller. But you don't have to use Microsoft's controller with your PC; you've actually got a lot of options, including the PS4's DualShock 4.
Hotline Miami is coming to the PS4 on August 19th, Sony just announced. If playing this excellent hyperviolent indie game on the new console isn't enough good news, Sony also promised will feel even more violent than ever before thanks to some newfangled DualShock 4 features:
Are you one of the people that's been annoyed by the fact that the DualShock 4's light bar never turns off? Well, Sony has finally clued us in to why the PlayStation 4 developers decided not to allow gamers to conserve battery life and their own sanity by sticking an "off" switch on the thing. And no, it's not because…
Dim the lights on that DualShock 4, baby, and let's set the mood. According to Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida, you won't be able to turn off the lightbar on the PS4's controller completely after a firmware update in the near future but you will be able to lower the brightness of the LED.
Sony's got a fancy new store page that lets you scroll down and, as your mouse wheel rolls, some cool animations play. Like this one, of an exploding DualShock 4.
At least at launch, Sony is playing it safe with its DualShock 4 designs. You can get them in black, black or black. But if you want to get something a little more adventurous, there are still options.
Designer Cory Schmitz is one of the early adopters of a DualShock 4 controller, and found that it can do...this. Weird trick, though surely getting the balance that right means they did it on purpose. Maybe to make things easier for the guys taking the official product images?
There are PS4 controllers popping up in the wild ahead of the console's release. Some people in the industry have one already. Here's one, taking advantage of the fact the pads will run - with a minimum of fuss on more than just a PS4.
The DualShock 4 marks the first time in over a decade that substantial changes have been made to the design of a PlayStation controller. But what we ended up getting is nowhere near as drastic a change as we could have got.
Just how similar is the new PlayStation 4 controller to the one that PlayStation 3 gamers have been using for nearly seven years? At a PlayStation event in New York City yesterday, we were able to put a model of the DualShock 4 up against a DualShock 3.
The PS4's controller is a shiny device with some really interesting features: a touchpad, an LED sensor, and a Share button that will let you stream gameplay footage to your friends and Internet enemies.
You have (probably) not held a PS4 controller yet. Neither have I. But Shuhei Yoshida has. He's the head of Sony's worldwide studios, so he better have!