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Sony confirms it considered bio-sensors for DualShock 4

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:56 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4′s architect Mark Cerny has confirmed that Sony was – at one point – considering biometric sensor strips for its DualShock 4 controller, and that the final design was made with FPS fans in mind.

Speaking with Stuff, Cerny said that the DualShock 4′s creation process took a long time and that at one point the biometric strips were designed to track data regarding a player’s emotions and more. The feature was ultimately ditched in the final design.

He added of the sensors, “Would it help to measure the galvanic response of the skin? We tried out a tremendous number of things – and then we went to the game teams to ask them what they thought they could use from the controller.”

Confirming that DualShock 4 was designed with FPS fans in mind, Cerny added, “Historically we have heard many times that our controllers have not been ideal for first-person shooters, so we wanted to make sure we had something that would be much better for that genre.

“We tested the throw of the triggers, the position of the triggers, how much pressure it takes. We looked at the joysticks, the dead spot, we looked at convexity and concavity. I haven’t heard a negative comment about it yet. For a controller with a very different form factor that was just amazing to see.”

I interviewed Warframe developer Digital Extremes recently, and they told me that DualShock 4 is the best controller they’ve ever held. Check out what they said here.

Thanks CVG.

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34 Comments

  1. xBASSxMONSTAx

    Well that’s a good fit as all we ever seem to get these days are generic FPS games. :(

    #1 2 years ago
  2. xXNapsterManXx

    If they wanted to please fps fans they should have ditched the stupid in line thumb sticks

    #2 2 years ago
  3. stretch215

    @2+1

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Chris8bits

    @2 No, because the D-pad on the left pleases fighting game fans who don’t care much about FPS like me. :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    Don’t really care much about stick position, but sensitivity, dead zone, resistance are all much more important and by all accounts improved.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    Be interesting to see how they feel in smaller hands.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Chris8bits

    Also, I’ve been saying symmetrically placed analog sticks makes more sense for years, and if you notice, Wii U, 3DS, Playstation, and Vita all use this design now. Microsoft remains the only one still using staggered analog sticks.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    @silkvg247
    They have said it was redesigned after testing found the triggers were too tricky for an eight year old to reach, so hopefully better for you than current designs anyway.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mistermogul

    @2 – Agreed

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    As a man with piano fingers that could give Salad Fingers a run for his money… the Dualshock 4 scares me.

    It’s bleedin’ tiiiiiiiny. Why the hell is it so tiiiiiiny? I mean seriously, they chopped of like half the outer bulk.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Digital Bamboo

    FPS fans have nothing to worry about since the PS4 is mouse & kb compatible.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @10
    It’s still actually very similar dimension wise though isn’t it? In fact most controllers seem to be very similar in terms of width/height etc. Sticks are a bit further apart too.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    @12 The outer countour does seem to have a nice hand shape to it, but the shrinking of the main body looks really odd. In half the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like people’s fingers are cramped into the thing. A bigger body gives your fingers more room to rest.

    The real taste test will be holding the thing, of course. It’s impossible to really judge it until then.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Christopher Jack

    @2, Disagreed. Lower feels better. (In my opinion of course)

    @10, I recall hearing that the DS4 was larger & heaver than both the DS3 & XBOne controllers.
    -EDIT- Found a pic of both the DS4 & Xbone controller http://i.imgur.com/a7EiSZN.jpg
    & of the DS4 & DS3
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ENX1oDp74Wg/UcpI0k6aCJI/AAAAAAAAKhc/JEqIsF-39l8/s640/ps3-vs-ps4-controller.jpg
    Certainly looks larger which in my opinion is better.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @11

    That doesn’t mean anything. THe Ps3 is mouse and kb compatiable. THe developers are the ones that have to actually put the support in which most will not.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    @15, It wouldn’t be hard too design an override custom mapping feature. In fact that’d be simpler in my opinion, choose the buttons you want for racers, shooters, etc instead of changing it in game. I know that would have been difficult adding it to the PS3 due to limited RAM but nothing is stopping Sony from adding it to the PS4.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. machy

    still DS is my fav gamepad

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @14 Then why does it look like everyone has giant hands in every picture I’ve seen of it? Hahahaha.

    It must be due to the slimmer body around the buttons, I guess. That definitely looks more appealing when shown in comparison.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    As shown, its the bigger pad.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. ChunkyLover112

    So they made the controller to please filthy cod fanbois?

    Everything about the pshit is a joke.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. tgchan

    rotfl ps4 pad looks like 2 black d1cks… + same lame triggers… they must be trolling with this headline… for fps gamers… rotfl

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Francis O

    Of course Sony would make designs to please the brainless FPS fans.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @22

    THey are the majority of gamers. Deal with it.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Biscuitpants

    “pshit” 9/10

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @20 The Xbox controller was designed almost entirely around first person shooters.

    Holy shit, look at this thread getting spammed by almost every troll on the site in a matter of minutes. Get someone to do something about it, for fuck sake. It’s turning the community into a goddamn cesspool.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Biscuitpants

    @25 for me the controller felt better for tps then fps

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Clupula

    It is amazing to see all the trolls spawn in one place like this. There’s only one missing and I expect him to show up any moment.

    As for the design, the Dualshock has always been ideal for fighting games and JRPG’s, which is what I buy Playstation systems for. JRPG’s especially, have had their console home with Sony for three generations in a row.

    But I can see them changing a few of the designs of the individual sticks and buttons to please FPS fans while keeping the overall design in a way that makes their longtime fans happy. It’s a smart way of doing business.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. sg1974

    You know what would be great? A controller carcass with four holes and four self-contained controller button/stick units which you could configure in any way you wanted…..

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    Oh shit just got real up in here: attracting trolls and a generalist parasite.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Lengendaryboss

    Also just because a controller is designed for FPS fans doesn’t make other genres instantly unplayable.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    @30
    Other genres are completely ruined by fine control, good dead zones and stick tops/triggers which your thumbs/fingers don’t regularly slip off though! Whaaaa! ;)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Sadismek

    Is the controller PC compatible?

    #32 2 years ago
  33. xxJPRACERxx

    @Francis O: You’re the one who’s brainless and don’t realize that a company will try to please the majority of gamers. Also, you don’t need an “optimized” controller to play a RPJ.

    Last thing, why don’t you do us all a favor and jump from a bridge or the 10th+ floor of a building… and bring backup with you.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. jmg24bad

    The triggers are great, will be good for racing games too.

    #34 2 years ago

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    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]