Playstation 4 DualShock 4 Controller - Specs & Design

The DualShock 4
While controllers over the life of the PlayStation brand have generally been the same on the outside, Sony has made some DAMN good changes to this iteration of it's controller both inside and out.

The Dualshock Hardware

The DualShock 4 displays the same general layout and buttons as past DualShock controllers, but now the controller offers additional features along with new buttons. The most obvious change is the inclusion of a wide touchpad where the Select and Start button were; those buttons are now replaced with an Options button instead. Sony has mentioned that the touchpad can respond to up to two fingers at a time, which expands the number of possibilities for input to those like you would see on a smartphone.

In addition, the DualShock 4 sports a 3.5-mm headphone jack that supports surround sound along with both an accelerometer and a gyroscope, both reported to be better than what is currently included in the DualShock 3 and Vita. The two rumble motors now have varying strength, a change from the DualShock 3 where rumble was either active or not.

This creates a heightened sense of realism in all PlayStation 4 games. The DualShock 4 also includes a built-in speaker, meaning that sounds from the game can play through the controller instead of your normal speakers.

Atop the device is a light bar that can pick up and detect movement, making the controller something like a mixture between a DualShock and a PlayStation Move. According to Sony, the light bar can display one of several different LED colors to relay information; for example, if a player is low on health and may die in the game, the light bar may relay this information with the appropriate color.

This mixes up the usual methods most games use, such as tinting the screen red as the player loses health, although that's still used most of the time.

The light bar will also light up corresponding to the player's controller: blue, red, pink and green corresponding to player one through four, respectively. Additional features the light bar offers include the ability to track players. This is used most commonly in PlayStation VR games, for example.

One minor but welcome addition is the new analog sticks that sport ridges to keep your thumbs in place, a change from the DualShock 3's rounded off sticks. Sony has also improved the L2 and R2 buttons, making the buttons more comfortable and reducing "accidental button presses" during movies or Netflix.

The DualShock 4 has also replaced the DualShock 3's analog buttons with digital buttons, claiming that "developers were ignoring" the feature. The trade-off is that the DualShock 4 has decreased latency over the DualShock 3.

In addition to replacing the analog buttons, Sony has also given the directional pad a small makeover: the pad is larger with more angular buttons, providing a better grip over the DualShock 3's directional pad and increased accuracy in games.

In-Depth Specifications

Thanks to Amazon, we have detailed specs of the DualShock 4! These specs outline the basic features we already knew about, such as the buttons and ports, to even obscure details such as the size of the controller and the weight.

We've added a table below for your viewing pleasure:

DualShock 4 Specs
External Dimensions 162mm x 52mm x 98mm
Weight Approx. 210g
Buttons PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1/R2/L2/R3/L3, Right stick, Left stick, Touch 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)
Bluetooth Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR
Ports USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
Additional Features Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker


Colors

These are the current color options for the Dualshock 4:

  • Jet Black
  • Glacier White
  • Urban Camoflage
  • Wave Blue
  • Magma Red
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Steel Black
  • Crystal (in white, blue, and red transluscent designs coming in September 2017)


DualShock 4 colors: Magma Red and Wave Blue.

What About an Elite Controller?

While Microsoft has its own first-party elite controller, PlayStation hasn't done anything beyond the classic Dualshock 4. Even so, they did work with two major gaming accessory companies to design some very fancy controllers for e-sports players.

The results came up with the Nacon Revolution and the Razer Raiju. Check out an image of them below:


Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution

Both of these controllers were designed with Sony closely monitoring the progress. The Nacon Revolution came up at a retail price of $115, while the Razer Raiju will set you back $130.

Here are the specs for the Nacon controller:

  • 4 Extra buttons (switches on the back)
  • 8-way directional-pad
  • Two internal comparments with 6 weights to customize your balance
  • PC companion app for customizing buttons
  • Four profiles for both macros and sensitivity
  • Raised thumbsticks with increased articulation

Next up are the Raiju's specs:

  • 4 Extra buttons (2 bumpers and 2 detachable triggers)
  • 4-button control panel
  • Two profiles for macros, programmable as you're playing
  • Hard shell carrying case
  • Rubberized grips on thumsticks and handles
  • Trigger-stop switches and hair trigger modes
  • PC compatible

The biggest benefit of these pro-level controllers, are the programmable buttons that let you get your inputs in faster and more efficiently. Depending on how you customize them, you can make actions happen without ever taking your fingers off the thumbsticks.

When you boil it down, neither of these are going to replace the Dualshock 4 in the mainstream market, but they will offer customization for those looking to beef up their game.

The Razer option is more comfortable overall and feels more natural, but the Nacon controller has a lot more customization options if you have the time to sink into it.

In either case, pro-level gamers or very serious competitive ones will find a lot to love about these two options. In the end though, the Dualshock 4 reigns supreme!

Let's explore a few more features our favorite controller offers.

Unqiue Dualshock 4 Features

Sharing is Caring
The biggest change to the DualShock 4 is quite likely the biggest change to the PlayStation itself: the sharing button / feature. Much has been said about the sharing feature of the PlayStation 4 and the DualShock 4 is where the magic happens. By pressing the share button on the DualShock 4, you'll come face-to-face with a variety of options enabling you to connect with the PlayStation 4 community at large.

PS4 Controller

At its most basic, the Dualshock Share button enables you to upload both images and video not only to your PlayStation 4 profile but also to a social networking service, such as Facebook. To take a screenshot using the Share button, simply hold the Share button down for a few seconds and you'll take a picture of whatever is happening on screen.

The Share button doesn't just stop with pictures and videos – it will enable you to watch a friend play a game on his own PlayStation 4 and even take control of the game for him, using your DualShock 4 to conquer a particularly tough part for him. This is a unique feature called Share Play.

Windows And Mac Compatibility
President of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Shuhei Yoshida has once again taken to Twitter to confirm another new feature of the DualShock 4: native Windows support.

By default, a Windows PC recognizes an Xbox 360 controller and allows you to use it with a variety of PC games. Unfortunately, the DualShock 3 lacks Windows compatibility by default, requiring third party software to use, a feature the DualShock 4 looks to correct.

Whether this means Windows will recognize the DualShock 4 as an actual DualShock 4 or just a variation of the Xbox 360 controller remains to be seen. Yoshida stated that more information would be forthcoming in the coming weeks in the lead up to the PS4 launch.

Sony has also revealed that the DualShock 4 will now be fully compatible with Mac's OS X as well.

PS3 Compatibility

A July 2014 PS3 firmware update now lets you use DualShock 4 controller on your PlayStation 3! Keep in mind that if you sync the controller to your PS3, you will need to resync it to your PS4.

Unfortunately, the rumble and motion sensors of the DualShock 4 will not work when it's used on the PS3.

Extended Battery Life

One of the major complaints about the DualShock 4 has been its weak battery life, with the controller needing to be charged every six to eight hours. Third-party manufacturer Nyko has come up with the solution to this in the form of the "Power Pak."

This device connects to the controller through the Micro USB port and claims to double the battery life of the DualShock 4! Nyko claims the Power Pak is lightweight and does not cause any issues when holding the controller. The Power Pak is available for $19.99 at all video game retailers.

Leading the Revolution
With this design, the DualShock 4 provides familiarity for veteran PlayStation gamers but enough new features that show Sony's dedication to innovation.

Sony has taken the criticisms about the DualShock 3 and not only improved it but added features that most gamers didn't even think they needed, like a new directional pad or improved motors. All of the PlayStation 4's new features seemingly begin with the DualShock 4, the natural evolution to a tried and true design.

For up-to-the minute DualShock 4 news, check this page often! The staff at PS4 Experts will ensure that you'll be the first to know about any breaking news.


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Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/30/2013

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ps4 now

what are you talking about, we are due for a new console.

wait for E3

you people make me laugh sony have said they want the ps4 to cross over with the ps3 ie they will still release ps3 games like they did for the ps2 when the ps3 was released. An for all thoughs who bought a ps3 this year unlucky or do you really think sony should hold out just cause you bought the ps3 this year on sale , don't be stupid. Naughty dog an bethesda plus many more big game companys have already sited graphicly the console has been pushed to its limits so hey you want bigger better games i suggest start saveing for a new console and play swtor in the mean time. YOUR BAKERY GOODS ARE WEAK OLD MAN

thats the point

thats the point to make the ps3 nothing and to make people buy the ps4 thats how it is no 1 is gunna listen to what u said ahahahhaha

The Rumble technology

besides improving the motion sensing by using the same sensors that are used in the Move they can also improve the rumble technology Read: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/09/27/how-vivitouch-could-change-rumble-technology/ this basically means that if you role a ball to the right you can feel it in right side of the controller or if you get shot in the back of your head you feel it in the front part of the controller you can also feel more or less vibration depending on if you kick hard or soft in like a football game or depending on impact in a car game.

What

people the point of a new console is for it to be better than the one before so why do you care about ps3

What they should do.....

I believe Sony should keep the same idea for the controller sense the PS. BUT they could add what people have said. a portable controller (to sign in and view trophies ect. ect.) and they could add a flip out screen from the back. For example: your playing the new Mw4 or Bf4 and you want to go get a drink, but you don't want to loose your kill streak, so you slide a switch (like the flip cameras) and a tiny mobile scree comes from the back of the controller! So you keep your kill steak without risking the better chance to die, and you don't have to wait till the end of the round or die to get a drink/food. I personally think this wold be great, and you could go to your friends house without needing your Ps4 (unless you want a different game XD) and you can get your trophies and stay signed in and play. And you should be able to move your buttons around for comfort: how its the D-pad left, first analog, then second analog; it would be great brcause if you had a friend over that plays Xbox and you got a Ps4 he could pull out the D-pad and the first analog and switch, and there is a Ps4 Xbox styled controller for Xbox players. And they need to add cross game chats like Xbox and playable music on games like Xbox because it will help the player from having to switch songs on their Ipod to suit the game, so they could hit a button on the controller to easily switch songs. I hope Sony reads this and they pick up on this idea

"For example: your playing

"For example: your playing the new Mw4 or Bf4 and you want to go get a drink, but you don't want to loose your kill streak, so you slide a switch (like the flip cameras) and a tiny mobile scree comes from the back of the controller! So you keep your kill steak without risking the better chance to die, and you don't have to wait till the end of the round or die to get a drink/food" I could see several ways something like this could be abused by players wanting to maintain a kill streak. We all have important choices in life and one of them is deciding whether to eat or maintain a kill streak.

What they should do.....

I believe Sony should keep the same idea for the controller sense the PS. BUT they could add what people have said. a portable controller (to sign in and view trophies ect. ect.) and they could add a flip out screen from the back. For example: your playing the new Mw4 or Bf4 and you want to go get a drink, but you don't want to loose your kill streak, so you slide a switch (like the flip cameras) and a tiny mobile scree comes from the back of the controller! So you keep your kill steak without risking the better chance to die, and you don't have to wait till the end of the round or die to get a drink/food. I personally think this wold be great, and you could go to your friends house without needing your Ps4 (unless you want a different game XD) and you can get your trophies and stay signed in and play. And you should be able to move your buttons around for comfort: how its the D-pad left, first analog, then second analog; it would be great because if you had a friend over that plays Xbox and you got a Ps4 he could pull out the D-pad and the first analog and switch, and there is a Ps4 Xbox styled controller for Xbox players. And they need to add cross game chats like Xbox and playable music on games like Xbox because it will help the player from having to switch songs on their Ipod to suit the game, so they could hit a button on the controller to easily switch songs. I hope Sony reads this and they pick up on this idea

re What they should do...

Dude as good as some of your ideas are an other peoples ideas are on this site on what Sony could do with the controller and PS4 yall need to realise Sony is loseing money all over the place with bad investments and sales the last thing there gonna do is make control pads that would cost a bomb to manufacture, technology vs manufactureing wise alot of tech is still very expensive to produce so although i believe Sony may have some nice suprises in store with the new console and controller i believe some peoples good genuine ideas will be well off the mark purely for cost vs manufacture vs tech reasons. When the manufactureing side catches up with the tech for cost efficentcy thats when consoles will become truly revolutionary in design and tech but untill then without dissapointment i expect Sonys next console to be as good as a gameing PC, Heres to hopeing lol

What they should do.....

I believe Sony should keep the same idea for the controller sense the PS. BUT they could add what people have said. a portable controller (to sign in and view trophies ect. ect.) and they could add a flip out screen from the back. For example: your playing the new Mw4 or Bf4 and you want to go get a drink, but you don't want to loose your kill streak, so you slide a switch (like the flip cameras) and a tiny mobile screen comes from the back of the controller! So you keep your kill steak without risking the better chance to die, and you don't have to wait till the end of the round or die to get a drink/food. I personally think this wold be great, and you could go to your friends house without needing your Ps4 (unless you want a different game XD) and you can get your trophies and stay signed in and play. And you should be able to move your buttons around for comfort: how its the D-pad left, first analog, then second analog; it would be great because if you had a friend over that plays Xbox and you got a Ps4 he could pull out the D-pad and the first analog and switch, and there is a Ps4 Xbox styled controller for Xbox players. And they need to add cross game chats like Xbox and playable music on games like Xbox because it will help the player from having to switch songs on their Ipod to suit the game, so they could hit a button on the controller to easily switch songs. I hope Sony reads this and they pick up on this idea

Keep them the same

keep the controllers the same they are perfect battery life i can play for 3 days and not have to charge it (i forget to turn off controller a lot

how much?

Wuuuuuu PS4!!!!!!! I bought my ps3 one month ago and now the ps4? Ima save my money but whats rhe cost?

About 700

About 700

Nope

Its gonna be around 400-500 dollars for the cheapest one.

1Grand!!!

WTF. Do you not know where money is heading? The dollar is becoming more and more worthless all the time. if anything 500 is OK.

Keep em they worked for ps1,ps2,ps3, and soon ps4

I love the ps3 controller and i want the same shape but this idea seems nice I believe Sony should keep the same idea for the controller sense the PS. BUT they could add what people have said. a portable controller (to sign in and view trophies ect. ect.) and they could add a flip out screen from the back. For example: your playing the new Mw4 or Bf4 and you want to go get a drink, but you don't want to loose your kill streak, so you slide a switch (like the flip cameras) and a tiny mobile screen comes from the back of the controller! So you keep your kill steak without risking the better chance to die, and you don't have to wait till the end of the round or die to get a drink/food. I personally think this wold be great, and you could go to your friends house without needing your Ps4 (unless you want a different game XD) and you can get your trophies and stay signed in and play. And you should be able to move your buttons around for comfort: how its the D-pad left, first analog, then second analog; it would be great because if you had a friend over that plays Xbox and you got a Ps4 he could pull out the D-pad and the first analog and switch, and there is a Ps4 Xbox styled controller for Xbox players. And they need to add cross game chats like Xbox and playable music on games like Xbox because it will help the player from having to switch songs on their Ipod to suit the game, so they could hit a button on the controller to easily switch songs. I hope Sony reads this and they pick up on this idea

No because.....

Then the controller will cost more than the console

The same with a few additions.

The controller should keep the same layout, with the addition of a touch screen in the center of the controller, and two extra buttons like the black and white buttons on the Xbox controller.

Keep PS3 Controller

I really liked the PS1,PS2, and PS3 controllers I think Sony should keep the same controller as is. I have heard rumours of these glass controllers and I can only think this is stupid. I get pissed at my games a lot and end up rage quiting and wiping the controller across the room and with a glass piece of s***. I wouldn't even lightly hit the thing without it braking into a million pieces so Sony keep the same damned controller and just change the system I won't be throwing that....

Hell yes

Keep them the same

PS3

keep the PS3 for at least one more year b4 ps4 because ps3 hasn't evolved fully and it is very popular

psp controller

they should have a close looking psp as the ps4 controller

look at the top pic

how would that work like if im playing a first person game how would u move

???

Nothing wrong with ps3 style controllers. It's already the perfect design. Maybe add 1 button in the middle back like the N-64 had, but other than that it's already fine.

N-64

I love the N-64 controller!

That "button overload" design is a lie

the button overload is such a lie some stupid person just took a picture of the ps3 controller and copied the picture of the buttons and put them all over the place and even if they were going to do that it would be impossible to play with without pressing a button and you would have to be pretty smart to remember what button does what and there is not even enough actions in a videogame to be able to use them plus i would not even buy the ps4 because of that controller if that was the only type of controller.

You know the controller was

You know the controller was legit right? Just saw it 2 days ago at the playstation meeting.

XBOX+PS3=...

it would be pretty cool if xbox and playstation started working together and made a consolle called x station or something then u could play with aaallll your buddys and plus people wouldnt be argueing over which is better playstation or xbox but for the record ps3 is much better played em both i thought ps3 was better so i got 1!! :)

True

if ps3 and xbox worked toghther wow just like halo would get sold like crazy god of war all the games that are just for the one consle will go off the market like crazy

Should have a micro-sd port

Should have a micro-sd port on controller for expansion. You wouldnt even notice it under a rubber protector.

Controllers

i like the idea for new controllers for ps4 becuase you know how new it is for the world but what is the point if you have to reach across your controller with your fingers just to press somthing i mean take the wii u controller for example that thing is huge and you cant even reach over to the touch screen without letting go of your controller and i mean imagine playing a game like black ops 2 or mw3 or black ops 3 or 4 somthing like that and how are you supposed to do anything quick enought if you reaching across your controller to press somthing you get killed i think that they should stick with old ps3 controller theres nothing wrong with it and its been pratically the same thing for ps1 and 2 i mean theres nothing wrong with it theres 12 buttons to anolog sticks that have r3 and l3 i mean theres allready enought buttons as is we dont even use all of them most of the time and all its gonna do is make the controllers more expinsive i mean there allready around 50-60 dollars in some areas i mean think if you add a touch pad to it or more buttons thats gonna just boost the cost higher and the ps4 is probably allready gonna be around 500 to 600 dollars for a small amount of giga bites i mean just keep the old controllers theres nothing wrong with them they have stayed for a while no one has had problems with them i mean they have added motion to the controllers so you can use them without buttons at times but really like the old saying says dont fix somthing that doesnt need to be fix your just gonna end up breaking it when it was perfect as is what i think sony should do is just you know add like a new fucntion or somthing but nothing to big like make it have more vibrations or have like a heart beat detector put in it so you can play games with your own heart beat stuff like that just dont change the controller its good how it is and always will be

Ps4

i bet ps4 controller is going to be same as ps3 controller but improved

keep original controller

i really think that keeping the original controller is the bes way to go other than that i think it just needs light up buttons for nightime gamplay.

What are you talking about i

What are you talking about i hold my controller underneath the blankets i have a light up one also and it does no difference if your looking at the controller while your playing the game something is wrong lol

That would actually be really nice.

Yeah; people memorize where the buttons are, but it would be a nice looking accent. It would also help whoever isn't use to the PS system controllers to know where the buttons are without bothering other people, constantly. "Why would they be playing at night? That's just stupid." I seem to have extremely stupid luck. "Why would you let them play?" I'm too nice for my own good.

O.K.

O.K.? SURE, what ever you say.

legit

the picture on the top right with the picture of the two controllers is the legit controller and behind the top controller in that pic. is a dev. copy of the playstation 4

not cool dualshock

this controller is a step up and down at the same time. first the headphone jack is a pointless piece of nonsense, headphones that do not use a mic have a wire that would either be limited by its length or too long and result in getting in the way of the player- while gaming headsets plug directly into the system and tv which works quite well. the L and r2 buttons are now pointed, why may i ask would you make that button smaller but longer?? horrendous design there. the touch pad is simply taking up too much space for no useful reason. the L and r1 buttons are now practically semicircles, those buttons needed just a slight growth in size and the same shape would have been great. the light bar is going to be very inaccurate and in turn cause loads of annoyance so there was really no use for it to be there making the controller larger. the ps button is in a weird spot i should have been left alone as well. finally i'll get to what i like, the share and options buttons- long have i waited to record and share my matches on battlefield without buying an expensive piece of equipment, and the options button finally gets rid of the pointless select button to make room for the share button. the joysticks.. im in the middle on them. so to conclude, get the heck back to the drawing board because this is garbage.

Stupid

How is the headphone jack pointless? the ps4 is supposedly coming with a headset so I don't think Sonys gonna package one that will get in the way and developers said they like it and that it's very useful. Next why does it matter that the R2 and L2 are pointed? Everyone who's used the controller said all the R1, R2, L1, L2 buttons and the whole controller in general feel very comfortable and good for shooters. And why in the world wouldn't the light bar on it be accurate looking at the specs for the camera and controller I'd say it should be very accurate and useful. I also really like the share button and am happy the options button is there and the joysticks are concave and further apart. The fact that the controllers bigger should make it more comfortable to hold as well and I don't really care for the touch pad either but it seems like they'll make it useful, I don't really see it as a downside for the controller. Overall I think it's much better than the ps3 or Xbox controller and am very happy with it!

?

why is everyone complaining ??? you couldnt do any better so shut your mouth and enjoy or just shut up everyone of you guys or girls do not know what you are talking about

PS4 release date and prices

Hey guys,I was on the ps4 offical website and the lowest price ps4 is $500 the next lowest price is $600 and the highest is $700 and the ps4's will be coming out in December,2013.

dualshock 4

Is it just me, or are the start and select buttons missing?

THE BUTTONS

Oh the start and select button is there don't worry that's what option and and shear button is for. It's the new start and select button Don't get confuse now.

in my opinion

if you are a hard core gamer if you are willing to pay $1000 or more get a dell gaming desktop

The controller

The controller seems like a good idea but I feel Sony is kind of missing the point on it. If the system is going to come with a bluetooth headset why put a headphone jack on the controller, and the touch pad is in a horrible place. Above the joy sticks is a no go, below them is the best placement so you wont interfere with the joysticks. But what Sony should do is have a little touch screen instead. Think about it you can display more important information either about the game your playing or system info like DL/UL or looking for music to play while you game. The speaker on it seems ok I can honestly see that doing some good. The L1,L2,R1,R2 dont need to change they are just fine the way they are now. As for the camera tracking system, which will be included as well, im in the middle I dont have a move system for my PS3 nor do I feel like its something I need so I cant give too much of an opinion on it.

Looks nice :D

Like it. Like it alot :D

combined virtual games

i think that it would be cool if the playstation company and the Xbox company combined and they were able to create a whole different kind of video game world, for instence what if they could make a virtual reality video game where you are the controller instead of just staring at a screen for hours. ex(Black ops)if they could make black ops a virtual reality game then there3 franchises would go of the hook and earn a whole new reputation

Sweet ideas

I do like the ideas and im waiting for it to cheaping down but i really think the controller in the vid would be the one for me as its got a motion sensor and thats the lightbar i think but it works out and i hope they move to a like kinect controller just like xbox kinect since it would turn out to be liked by PS4 fans since they wont need to by xbox kinect they should think of this

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