PlayStation 4 Revealed; Here’s What The Controller Looks Like

By Ishaan . February 20, 2013 . 3:20pm

At their PlayStation Meeting 2013, Sony announced their next PlayStation system—the PlayStation 4, which will use an architecture similar to that of PCs.


The PlayStation 4 will include an X86 CPU and 8GB of RAM. It will come with a new controller called the Dualshock 4 (above), which will come with a touch pad, a Share button, and a headphone jack.


The controller will also have a light bar that will allow a camera to recognize it and track its movements.


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  • doctorpope181


    • CirnoLakes

      Highly open to interpretation.

      Do you have something to say?

      • doctorpope181

        Don’t know what to feel about the controller. I just can’t believe they actually announced PlayStation 4. I’m not the only one who thinks the PS3 still has a few years left. There are some who are completely satisfied with this current generation.

        • Amagidyne

          I’m with you there, I was really hoping it’d just be stuff about the Vita, or some new tech add-on, not the PS4. I know that console gens usually have a ‘length’ of a mostly set number of years, and that statistically it’s time for the next gen, but I honestly feel like the PS3 still has a lot more to do and to offer. Despite the evidence, this gen switch feels premature to me.

          • Testsubject909

            It’s because we’re reaching a plateau.

            In part, the technological climb was exponential, look at how much we’ve advanced in a few years from the Atari all the way up to the PS3. The difference from the PS3 to PS4, graphically, is nice. But it would satisfy graphic snobs moreso then it would just the general populace. Yes, it is prettier, no, it’s not as significant a change of graphical power as was the earlier climbs no matter how much you want to talk about the fine details that your trained eyes with years of experience looking at high end graphic card rendered images are.

            Reaching a plateau would invariably also suggest that each new console being released would have that much longer of a life span as well. All that’s necessary to keep it going after that is software support.

        • Kevadu

          The PS3 absolutely has life left. Announcing a new console doesn’t mean that it doesn’t. Look how long the PS2 kept going after the PS3 launched.

          • doctorpope181

            True, although maybe it’s just the fact that I just barely found the extra cash to buy a PS3 in September .__.

          • Amagidyne

            Oh, I get that, totally. In fact, I’m hoping there’ll be a lot of ‘Persona 4 equivalent’ games still headed to the PS3 – that is to say, a truely great game released for a last-gen system. Eh, I think it’s just gen-change blues hitting me: knowing that if I still wanna follow my favourite game series and developers, I will eventually have to hand over a big wad of money for a new console.

  • ToughBoogers

    Is it backwards compatable?

    • Derek E Nay

      I would say, most likely no. It would suck if it was, but since PS2 and 3 needs special processing units all it will do is put up the cost of the console.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Looks great but I kind of hate this “social” gaming experience thingy. Why would I want to share the fact that I’m playing the bath minigame in Mugen Souls?! XD

    It’s cool to be connected but sometimes it’s not neccessary to share EVERYTHING.

    • Jared Pryatel

      It’s not mandatory you share everything. It’s just that the option is there.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        That’s true but it enforces the possibility of an always-online, no used games style console. That sucks hard specially in countries like Mexico where constant internet connectivity isn’t always possible.

        • TheDarkEmpress

          Don’t complain! You have the better-tasting Coca Cola formula. That alone is worth crappy internets….

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            I don’t drink coke :|

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            How about Pepsi?^_^

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            I do drink Pepsi Kick. It’s sugar and calorie free and it comes with more ginseng and caffeine so it can be considered a very light energy drink.

          • Testsubject909

            Check the other ingredients. Sometimes what replaces sugar isn’t exactly the healthiest of supplements.

            Some have a higher chance of causing cancer if memory serves me correctly.

            I for one much prefer to just deal with the sugar and calories aren’t bad for you.

            Edit: Your brain needs calories to remain healthy for example.

        • Luis Enrique

          What part of Mexico? In the capital we have Fiber Optics, it’s pretty sweet.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            I do have fiber optics but being a spoiled brat I have no say in the stability in my house except for one thing… I live in a street where there are 2-5 rats (That make the ones from Dark Souls look like guinea pigs) that actually have chewed off the fiber optic cable THREE times and the neighbors won’t allow traps because we should respect nature by not killing animals.

          • Luis Enrique

            Coat the cables with poison, problem solved.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            They didn’t even allow that -_-

          • Luis Enrique

            Don’t tell them, what, are they going to do an autopsy on a rat?

          • Testsubject909

            Ya dumbass, just use a non-lethal trap.

            What sort of non-lethal trap? I believe there’s one that basically sets out a small carpet like strip that has high cohesive strength, meaning the mouse/rat walks over it but can’t get out of it.

            It’s trapped but doesn’t die, that way you caught it and can then move it out…

            Or the other… A heavy box, a twig, a string and a piece of cheese.

            It goes in, grabs the cheese, pulls the string that pulls the twig and drops the box over it (not squashing it, just trapping it).

        • Kevadu

          What does sharing have to do with always-online? It records to the hard drive. They showed the process of uploading and it’s not automatic.

    • Testsubject909

      I’d turn it into a meta game. Just pop open the chat and go:

      “Alright guys, who do you want me to scrub up next! Okay, her, really? You like her? Eh fine. So where do I start guys? Vote! It’s a democracy after all!”

      I mean, people can already see your trophies if you let them, so it’s not like they don’t have the means of knowing you’re a pervert.

  • TheExile285


  • CirnoLakes

    Hard to tell much of the design from that picture. Which is tiny, and only shows one angle that may be kind of unflattering because it looks a bit like some of the controller knockoffs for the PlayStation that I ignored because their aesthetics looked “cheap” rather than professional. Basically, it looks kind of like a MadCatz controller, which I’m not sure I approve of so much.

    But again, it might just be that it is a tiny picture at an unflattering angle.

    On the other end, I don’t mind that blue light. Or the motion tracking. In fact any of the new features of the controller I am all for. Looks kind of interesting. It also appears to have at least one more button that the last controller didn’t, which is always nice.

    • puchinri

      It really does look like a MadCatz controller. That’s my main turn off with it.
      Kind of feels. . . “too sleek”? They’ve done some interesting stuff though.

  • Charles

    If it aint broke

    • Zenthos

      *dont fix it.

    • Build a taco powered panda rocket to Japan and french kiss a giraffe.

      • Testsubject909

        We have a giraffe over at the Open Thread.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          On what planet is this deemed a giraffe.

          • Testsubject909

            I was pretty sure we had one in the picture at the top, unless that changed again.

    • cameron forsyth

      actually i’ve heard a lot of complaints about ergonomical design of the pscontroller. mainly because the most new gamers are accustomed to the xbox controller. sigh* is every controller going to become as ugly as the xbox controller now.

  • AJ

    It’s true, then. The next gen consoles will be like PC’s, and everyone will have access to the same games, the same FaceBook connectivity, and the same specs.

    And at no point will Sony or Microsoft be investigated for running a cartel, because it’s all just a massive coincidence that they are forcing the market into a hideous homogeneity.

    • Jameel Aboulhosn

      The 2 consoles aren’t going to be compatible…..Idk what makes you think they aren’t already homogeneous, and, homogeneous is a good thing considering how we’ve been getting boned by multi-plats that literally utilize the abilities of none of their systems but fall flat on all three.

      • AJ

        This is true.

        But PC gaming has been somewhat left out of the loop, and Nintendo has only just now incorporated the mobile and console development into one package, while the Vita is becoming more and more like a tiny PS3. It’s getting scary.

    • CirnoLakes


      If anything, I view video game exclusives as an industry problem that uniquely affects the video game market. Books have always been universally compadible because they’re a simple technology. If you have paper, or something to print text on, you have a book. The only thing changing things is digital services like Kindle.

      And movies? Almost every movie in existence is available on Blu-Ray, and if not, at least DVD. The the DVD exclusive library is dwindling. Also, we are reaching an age where most movies are available for legal download. And music, the same. Everything available on CDs, mp3s, oggs, and flac.

      Video games are the only exception to the rule. And it is a signficant hindrance to the industry and market. As well as the preservance of the media. Why does emulation exist? No, it isn’t the extremely ignorant commonism that “emulation is piracy” and other painfully illogical arguments against emulation and for the unfortunate status quo. Emulation exists because of pervasive and extreme hardware and software incompatibility. Something we have the blessing of emulation for as an attempt to remedy.

      Other media never needed emulators because they don’t have this industry unique compatibility problem. To say this would be hideous homogeny, would be the same as saying books, movies, and music have hideous homogeny.

      What we need in this industry is more “homogeny” and less incompatibility. Because this is one thing keeping video games behind other media. This media mode is not just another method, it is inferior.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Growing up with DualShock, I’m worried about those new analog sticks. Though that screenshot button? YES PLS

    • mirumu

      The Vita has a screenshot function too. Most games seem to disable it however while they’re running which makes it largely worthless. Hopefully this won’t be the case with the PS4.

      • Testsubject909

        Hmm? The only games that disable screenshot function are PSP and PS1 games.

        Everything and anything else on the Vita can have screenshots.

        • mirumu

          It seems to be disabled on every game I’ve actually wanted to do it. I tried it just last week on Let’s Fish: Hooked On but it said screenshots were disabled. I’ve had it with other games too in the past. I think Project Diva F was one too from memory.

          • Testsubject909

            Hmm… how odd… I’ve yet to have this happen to me outside of PSP and PS1 games.

            Now I’m wondering why it’d be disabled…

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        The Vita screenshots everything except Demos, PS1 and PSP games.

  • CirnoLakes

    >which will use an architecture similar to that of PCs

    The floodgates are open.

    • Niko Sandwich

      Watched the video, and I’ve got to say… how peculiar… I mean, your purpose was not to teach that Germans don’t dub laughs, but I left that video slightly unnerved by that fact.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    So much ram and precious ds4, please still rumble.

  • Jameel Aboulhosn

    So what happened to the x64 processor. Still don’t want to get with the 2005s eh? Alright. Maybe MS won’t disappoint us and will actually introduce it on the Durango.

    • mirumu

      x64 is just the name Microsoft gave to the 64-bit instruction set extensions AMD developed for the x86 architecture. This is obviously a 64-bit CPU since the system has 8GB of RAM. Sony aren’t going to go to the trouble of implementing the on-die memory bank switching and the custom CPU socket that would be required if they wanted to access 8GB of RAM on a 32-bit CPU.

      I don’t recall either AMD or Intel releasing 32-bit only x86 CPU since the original Atom.

  • StarWarudo

    I like it.

  • Go2hell66

    i’m gonna say nay, that touch pad just looks so out of place

  • Spirit Macardi

    Yeah that’s a nice controller and all, but what about backwards compatibility? If I can’t at least play my games from the last generation, none of this other stuff matters.

    • CirnoLakes

      With x86 architecture, unlikely.

      I’m thinking more likely we’ll see ports to this architecture.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Then they’ve lost me as a consumer.

        At least this limits the number of consoles I’ll be supporting this generation. All the more money to spend on other stuff x3

        • CirnoLakes

          Well, if you want to miss out on new exclusive games.

          Me, I’ve been putting up with incompatibility begrudgingly for years. It isn’t as if I have much choice if I want to play all the games. Even PlayStation 2 emulation isn’t perfect yet. So really, I just buy all of the systems. The games are worth it.

          Personally, as some kind of enigmatic semi-PC-gamer thing, it makes me kind of happy that they’re moving to this architecture. Because it is going to make multiform compatibility much easier. Being on less esoteric architecture is going to be better for everyone.

          • Barrylocke89

            And of course, when it doubt, it’s usually best to hold onto the older systems that you’ve gotten over the years for situations like this.

          • Spirit Macardi

            Hard to say if I’ll really be missing out on anything. I mean, most of the games I’ve bought Sony consoles for aren’t even made by them. Add to it the developers I like are typically smaller enterprises that have already been struggling to keep up with current dev costs. I can imagine the new graphical demands will probably cause a few to jump ship to Nintendo.

    • Eilanzer

      they said at some point that the ps4 will have backward compatibility with ps1/2/3

  • Just Tim

    #1: Will PS4 games cost US$70?
    #2: Will its best games stay Japan-ONLY AND end up into a made-in-Japan FPS system?
    #3: Will it cost more than US$599?
    #4: Will it implement region-locking?
    #5: If it truly aims for cross-regional linking, will the PS4 the implement a system similar to GGPO to ALL games?

  • doctorpope181

    The Share button is cool and convenient but I’m not sold on this shit just yet. $429 for an 8gb console? No thanks

    • Ehren Rivers

      That’s not the hard drive space. It has 8GB of RAM. To compare, the 360 only has 512MB of RAM and the PS3 only has about 256 (512 if you count video). The hard drive space has not yet been announced.

      • doctorpope181

        Thank you for clearing that up

  • Kaihedgie


  • Elemiel

    This announcement just brings up so many questions in my head, mostly SE related.
    First of all, what’s going to happen to Versus XIII? Will it move to the PS4 or will it be coming out near the end of the PS3’s lifespan like Type-0 did on the PSP? What about Kingdom Hearts 3? Because at this point, it definitely seems like we won’t be seeing it until we’ve entered the PS4 era.

  • FFmax

    Wow, and I didn’t even get a PS3 yet.

    • Testsubject909

      You only had upwards of 6 years, yah?

      • FFmax

        I was too busy playing my last gen consoles, and a borrowed 360. Plus I was waiting for a reasonable price drop.

        • Testsubject909

          Fair enough, don’t blame you.

          I got enough unfinished PS2 games to last me a few years.

          And some unfinished PS1 games that would last me a year or two…

          And some… you get the idea.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Where’s the system?

  • $29082171

    I just don’t know man…

    What the hell happened to the industry?

    Guess I’m skipping next gen and sticking with PC and handhelds.

    • CirnoLakes

      So what’s your criticism here?

      • Kevadu

        Yeah, seriously…criticism is fine, but I don’t even know what the OP’s point was.

  • kool_cid414

    Just got done watching the stream and honestly I’m not what you’d called enthused. A few things are interesting but I’m afraid this’ll be an always online completely social focused console that could cause problems for the not always online or not that social guy (like me). Overall I’ll wait and see if there is really anything worth getting this system for but this is just my opinion.

  • Haku

    I wonder how the touchpad will be used, because at the moment it looks rather handbreaking to me.
    Only time will tell, but somehow I think I’ll miss my Dualshock 3. ;/

  • oresamawasugoi

    no start/select buttons, no port number indicators? °_°” and i dont like the emphasize on online. i dont share media online, i dont download games from PSN, i dont play multiplayer online…. what about the people like me? who like to plug it in and play? i did miss on some interessting games because they are download only

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I think the start and menu will be on the screen interface.

  • Flandre Scarlet

    That light bar just looks silly.

    • Testsubject909

      I’m guessing it’s to act like a semi move controller.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This is starting to become a trend really. Why does company focus so much on controller and don’t show their machine?
    Isn’t this event for PS4? Not PS4 controller?T_T

    • Kevadu

      They actually talked way more about the hardware specs than I expected. Who cares what the box looks like? The controller is how you interface with the machine, so it’s important.

  • Ted Griffin

    To be honest the controller does not looked like it has changed that much. Sony still has the same layout of it just with some bells and whistles

    • Testsubject909

      Ever since Dualshock 1

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