In and around the Indianapolis metro area, GameStop stores have been to line store shelves with empty blu-ray cases to PlayStation 4 games and accessories for the new system have been made available to the public including the DualShock 4 controller, the newest iteration of Sony’s signature controller and new PlayStation 4 camera accessory.
To everyone’s surprise it has been made aware that the DualShock 4 works limitedly with any PlayStation 3 console. First it can be noted, that the DualShock 4 plugs in using a Micro USB cable, which is common to smart phones, and not the “Type B” USB cable that the DualShock 3 used. The controller sold separately does not come with any cable. Also note that the exclusive touch pad does not work, obviously, and the PS button does not work either. The Share and Option buttons substitute for the Start and Select buttons respectively.
The most significant change is the feel of the analog sticks on the Dualshock 4. They have a more rubbery than plastic feel and a indented edge along the circle. This gives improved grip with your thumbs and is helpful with fast-paced games including first person shooters and racing games. The second noticeable change is the feel of the analog shoulder buttons, R2 and L2, they seem smaller than it’s predecessor but grip far better.
PlayStation 4 is scheduled for launch on November 15 in North America, most local Indianapolis stores including GameStop, Toys R Us, Meijer, and Walmart have stated they have sold out in pre-orders. Gamestop is planning to offer their customers who are Pro-Rewards members a no-money down wait list where customers can be contacted, first come, first serve, to be given an opportunity to purchase the system, and with any luck, in time for the holiday season.