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PS4 Controller vs. PS3 Controller: Playstation Provides Improved Gameplay and Rested Thumbs

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  • Andrew House, president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, speaks during the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York, February 20, 2013.
    (Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
    Andrew House, president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, speaks during the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York, February 20, 2013.
By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
June 25, 2013|2:38 pm

The Sony PS4 controller is being heralded as a vast improvement over the PS3 and will probably go down as one of the greatest controllers, ever according to testers.

The DualShock 4 gamepad for Playstation 4 will include new innovations such as a touchpad, improved analog sticks, a light bar, and a speaker.

The touchpad will have pinch and zoom features as well as clickable mouse like functions, and swiping. This option adds a whole new depth to games allowing for a whole new set of commands at the users fingertips, according to Tech Radar.

The analog sticks will now have a concave center and be slightly spaced apart, allowing for maximum comfort and little movement for gamers' thumbs.

Start and select have been subbed out in favor of share and options, another sign of the future and what the new consoles are capable of doing.

Another big improvement according to Tech Radar is the trigger buttons. The PS3's triggers were slightly slippery and numbered with a downward slop design. The new controller will have the slope moving up and the numbers now labeled with L1, L2 and R1, R2.

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Perhaps one of the coolest features is the PS4's light bar. The controller will light up to three different colors to distinguish between controllers and even interact with the system's Eye camera and change color due to certain situations occurring in the game.

The controller will also be able to charge with the PS4 off, something the PS3 could not do.

Overall the DualShock 4 promises a more comfortable and loose gaming experience than the DualShock 3.

The changes to the controller are among the biggest made since the original Playstation controller in the 1990s. The DualShock 1 and 2 (PS2) were virtually the same controller, with the PS3 stepping up some of the already in-place features. PS4's controller is making a big jump, and one that is heading into the right direction for the console.

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