Sony released a new video today that details the advancements of the PlayStation 4’s new DualShock 4 controller. In the video, developers and engineers discuss what makes the input’s features unique and how those features will affect the overall gameplay experience.
First, Sony product planner Toshimasa Aoki explained that the company spoke with various first-party developers (Media Molecule, Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Sucker Punch Productions) about what they would like to see from a new controller and what they thought was missing in the DualShock 3.
“Everything’s been tuned. The feel of the analog sticks, the sensitivity of both different types of triggers. And in addition to that, there have been all these features added to it, without compromising the basic feel of the DualShock,” added Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde.
The video also goes into detail regarding the functionality of the DualShock 4’s lightbar. This feature allows the controller (in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye) to track the position of multiple people in the room. This allows the PS4 to specifically detect who is who, and adjust accordingly, for co-op games.