Sony have released a new video offering a closer look at the forthcoming PlayStation 4 console’s brand new DualShock 4 controller.
The clip has designers, engineers and game developer PlayStation evangelists talking through the new gamepad, showing off its trigger, analogue sticks and much-talked about new features including the multi-touch trackpad and Share button.
Sony spoke to many developers when designing the new controller, including the teams at Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, Sucker Punch and Santa Monica Studios.
Though the clip goes over much of what was discussed at the grand PlayStation 4 unveiling, Anton Mikhailov, senior software engineer at Sony Computer Entertainment America’s R&D Group, does reveal one clever never-before-disclosed feature that will be music to the ears of co-op fans.
Using the light bar on the top of the DualShock 4 controller, the new console will be able to track players movements around the room and, in the case of split screen local multiplayer game modes, will adjust the screen divisions appropriate to where each player is sitting.
“If the system sees that for some reason we’ve swapped places or I’ve passed the controller to someone, it can automatically adjust the ordering of the split-screen so it makes sense to everyone,” Mikhailov said.
“It seems like a minor thing, but it actually really helps the flow of the game and helps the intuitiveness of the whole console.”
Still no firm release date for the PlayStation 4, but expect it to be in stores will in time for Christmas 2013.
Hit the YouTube clip above to check out the DualShock controller showcase.
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