The PS4 Dualshock 4 wireless controller is the best controller Sony has ever made. Like all the previous three Dualshock controller’s, there’s a pair of digital analog stick in the center, four face buttons on the right, a directional pad on the left and four triggers around back. There are number of new features like colorful light bar up front and clickable touchpad up top.
The DualShock 4’s elongated and enlarged grip fits the entire length of the palm. It’s covered with a matte texture that manages to be grippy without feeling sticky.
The DualShock 4’s front-facing light glows blue for the primary connected player and changes colors based on the order in which it’s synced to the console.
Games can also take over the light and change its color, but the most practical use is the amber glow the DualShock 4 emits while it’s charging.
In Assassin’s Creed, you can travel in and around on the map, and in Killzone, the light bar’s color gives you a visual indication of your health, starting out green and then turning yellow, orange, and finally flashing red when you’re in danger.
The DualShock 4 features a prominent touchpad in the center of the controller, which can be swiped, pinched and flicked like a tablet display; the touchpad is also clickable.
Sony said they left it up to the developers to decide how to use the touchpad. Killzone: Shadow Fall uses the touchpad to switch between functions of a drone, while clicking it during Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag brings up the overworld map.
Sony’s Dualshock controller charges with Micro USB and has a built-in 3.5mm headset jack that supports smartphone headsets.