Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A Detailed Look at the PS4 Controller & EYE

Mark Cerny unveiled the new Playstation controller titled the "DualShock 4." This familiar looking device sports a front touch-pad (not a display screen), a share button (to post screenshots, video, and content to social networks or directly to friends online and offline), the classic geometric shaped buttons, a speaker, a headset jack, redesigned L2 and R2 buttons and a light mounted on top dedicated to player idenification (not a PS MOVE sensor). There will also be a stereo camera, but it wasn't detailed in depth at the event. Look for more info between now and E3 2013.
Sony has revealed a press release:

 NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)  and PlayStation®4 Eye, a new camera, along with PlayStation®4 (PS4™), its next generation computer entertainment system.

Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)
Utilizing a similar design as the popular Wireless Controller for PlayStation®3(DUALSHOCK®3), DUALSHOCK®4 features new innovations to deliver better gaming experiences. DUALSHOCK®4 incorporates a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a touch pad located on the front of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.
DUALSHOCK®4 features a light bar on the top with three color LEDs that illuminate in various colors. The light bar illuminates to match the color of characters in a game to offer a simpler, more friendly way to identify players, even when playing side by side. The light bar also changes patterns during gameplay to provide useful information to gamers, such as when a character is critically low on health or has taken major damage.

In addition, DUALSHOCK®4 will come with a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, enabling PS4 users to enjoy high-fidelity sound effects of games from both the TV and also from the controller.  Combined with the Mono Headset that will be bundled with PS4, gamers will also be able to chat with friends playing online, while hearing sound effects from the controller in hand.
While integrating "SELECT" and "START" buttons on DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller into a new "OPTIONS button", DUALSHOCK®4 is newly equipped with a "SHARE button" to further enhance PS4's social capabilities. The "SHARE button" allows gamers to easily broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends through internet streaming services such as Ustream. Users can also share their triumphs and accomplishments by uploading video gameplay to Facebook with the "SHARE button". Unlike streaming content via PC, users no longer have to convert data formats of their recorded gameplay, but can share it with ease. Additionally, gamers can charge DUALSHOCK®4 while PS4 is on standby or through a dedicated charging station. For convenience, DUALSHOCK®4 can also be charged with smartphone chargers via USB.

During the creation of DUALSHOCK®4, Sony Computer Entertainment worked with key partners in the development community to improve the feel of the left / right sticks and the trigger buttons, the result is a much tighter sense of control over in-game actions.

PlayStation®4 Eye
PlayStation®4 Eye, a newly developed camera for PS4 incorporates two high-sensitive cameras that have wide-angle lenses with 85-degree diagonal angle views which can recognize the depth of space precisely.  This enables PlayStation®4 Eye to cut out the image of the player from the background, or to grasp players' position in front and behind, further broadening the ways to enjoy games.  Incorporated four microphones are also capable of accurate sound detection and source origination.  In addition, users will be able to login to their PS4 with face recognition and are capable of using their own body movements or voices to enjoy games more intuitively. Furthermore, PlayStation®4 Eye senses the color of DUALSHOCK®4's light bar to judge the positions of multiple players, and set characters in the same positions or let a character talk to a particular player, enabling players to enjoy games in new way.  PlayStation®4 Eye also supports PlayStation®Move motion controller.  It detects the motion of PS Move more precisely, and reflects players' in-game motion more accurately than ever.

SCE will announce new details of PS4 and its robust lineup of games from 3rd party developers and publishers, the independent gaming community and SCE Worldwide Studios, as well as further enhancements to the entire PlayStation ecosystem between now and the holiday 2013 launch.

Wireless Controller for PlayStation®4 (DUALSHOCK®4)
External Dimensions:            
Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth)

Approx. 210g.

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, three-axis accelerometer)

Other Features:      
Light Bar, Vibration, Built-In Mono Speaker

USB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack

Wireless Communication:
Bluetooth Ver2.1+EDR

Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery

PlayStation®4 Eye
External Dimension:
Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth)

Approx: 183g

Video Pixel:
(Maximum) 1260 x 800 pixel x 2

Video Frame Rate:
1280 x 800 @ 60fps
640x400 pixel @ 120fps
320x192 pixel @ 240fps

Video Format:
RAW, YUV (uncompressed)

Dual Lenses, F Value/F2.0 fixed focus

Capture Range:


4 Channel Microphone Array

Connection Type:
PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)

Cable Length:
Approx. 2m

*Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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  2. Are you considering the 'Sony Entertainment' text in each of the pictures to be your way of divvying out credit to somehow excuse the use of them?

    1. Watch out everyone; its another BP oil spill. Im very interested to see your coverage of last night's event and all the news you know so much about. Link me to your website/blog.

    2. "Anger leads to fear, and fear leads to the darkside." Not professional, he has a point. At least there are copyright notices on the images. You could find some gems in that press release if you were willing to look hard enough.

      If my comments hadn't been deleted on your article you would have been able to quote what I said about the dual eye and it's ability to measure depth more accurately and allow improvements to PlayStation Move.