As shown in our breakdown of the controller leak, the DualShock 4 features a lightbar on the top side that can change colors and even patterns. According to a Sony press release, this lightbar can not only be used to track the movement of the controller but could also serve as an indicator for low player health.
The other big new feature of the DualShock 4 is the touch pad in the middle of the controller between the D-pad and face buttons. This is a capacitive 2-point touch pad that also has a click mechanism. Unfortunately, Sony did not show how this would work with games at all during the PS4 reveal.
The controller also comes with an integrated speaker for localized sounds plus a headset jack at the bottom. Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will ship with a basic headset to ensure everyone will be able to communicate online.
The last all new feature for the controller is the "Share" button which Sony did show off. This button will allow players to broadcast gameplay in real-time through Ustream and post videos on Facebook.
Sony has made some tweaks in the upgrade from the DualShock 3 to the DualShock 4. The console maker says it improved the "feel" for both the left and right sticks plus the R2 and L2 trigger buttons. We already noticed the concave thumbsticks which is a plus over the but Sony has done the same with the trigger buttons as well. We'll have to wait and see if they made any other improvements to the actual action of moving the sticks and triggers.
You may also notice that there are no Start and Select buttons. These two traditional controller items have been merged into a single "Options" button. Also, the controller can be charged even when the PS4 is on standby.
The Playstation 4 Eye camera looks something like a cross between a Kinect and a Wii motion sensor bar. However, it does include two high-sensitive wide-angle lens cameras and four microphones. Sony says that the new Eye camera will be able to log in users based on facial recognition and will also allow for more accurate tracking of PS Move controllers.
Here are the official specs of the DualShock 4 and PS4 Eye camera.
- External Dimensions - Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (tenative)
- Weight - 210g (tenative)
- Keys / Switches - PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/LeftRight), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1/R2/L2 button, Left Stick/L3 button, Right stick/R3 button, Pad buton
- Touch Pad - 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
- Motion Sensor - Six-axis motion sensing system
- Other Features - Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
- Ports (USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
- Wireless Communication - Bluetooth Ver2.1+EDR
- Battery - Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery, DC2.7V (tenative), 1000mAh (tenative)
Playstation 4 Eye
- External Dimension - Approx. 186mm x 27mm x 27mm (tenative)
- Weight - 183g (tenative)
- Video Pixel - (Maximum) 1280 x 800 pixel x 2
- Video Frame Rate - 1280x800 pixel @ 60fps, 640x400 pixel @ 120fps, 320x192 pixel @240fps
- Video Format - RAW, YUV (uncompressed)
- Lens - Dual Lenses, F value/F2.0 fixed focus
- Capture Range - 30cm~infinite
- Field-of-View - 85 degrees
- Microphone - 4 Channel Microphone Array
- Connection Type - PS4 dedicated connector (AUX connector)
- Cable Length - Approx. 2m (tenative)
Via: Press Release