• Earlier today at the Sony event in New York City they unveiled the Dualshock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Eye.  Dualshock4 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 the Dualshock 4 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.

    The PlayStation 4 Eye is a newly developed camera for PS4 which 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 the PlayStation Move motion controller. It detects the motion of PS Move more precisely, and reflects players’ in-game motion more accurately than ever.  If you want to get a visual of how this looks it looks similar to a Kinect unit and will most likely sit on top of your television.

    For those who care about the specs regarding these two items Sony has released the following info:

    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, three-axis accelerometer)
    • Other Features – Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
    • Ports – USB (Micro B), Extension Port, Stereo Headset Jack
    • Wireless Communication – Bluetooth Ver2.1+EDR
    • Battery – Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery; Voltage – DC3.7V (tentative); Capacity – 1000mAh (tentative)

    PlayStation 4 Eye

    • External Dimension – Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (width x height x depth) (tentative)
    • Weight – Approx. 183g (tentative)
    • Video Pixel – (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
    • Video Frame Rate – 1280×800 pixel @ 60fps; 640×400 pixel @ 120fps; 320×192 pixel @ 240fps
    • Video Format – RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
    • Lens – Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
    • Capture Range – 30cm~∞
    • Field-of-View – 85°
    • Microphone – 4 Channel Microphone Array
    • Connection Type – PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
    • Cable Length – Approx. 2m (tentative)

    What do you think about these new devices?  Take a look at the pictures below and tell us in the comments below.


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