More PS4 Details Revealed At GDC
News To Please Multiplayer Fans
More PS4 details have emerged from Sony’s presentation at GDC in San Francisco.
Every console will include a mono microphone/headset – something sure to please fans of online multiplayer – while split screen multiplayer games could use the PS4 Eye to identify where players are sat and move the windows around to suit each player’s location in front of the TV.
The DualShock 4’s lightbar – the illuminated panel across the top of the controller – will assist player recognition by shining a different colour on each controller in use. The lightbar, Sony said, can also be used for in-game effects such as gun muzzle flash health bars.
Sony showed off a cute augmented reality demo featuring little robots living inside the controller. The player could shake the pad and press buttons to interact with the robots, similar to how players could interact with the Rabbids in Rabbids Go Home on the Wii.
Sony also confirmed that it will raise the PSN friend limit on PS4, according to IGN. It didn’t specify what the new limit will be, but currently the PS3 enforces a 100-friend limit.
It also promised that every PS4 will come with a “very large hard drive”, but again declined to go into specifics.
IGN also reports that the DualShock 4 controller will come with an extension port on it – likely to provide the possibility for add-ons in future. It will also revert back to regular digital buttons, doing away with the pressure-sensitive buttons on the PS2 and PS3 controllers due to the fact that no-one used them on PS3.
The PS4 will also charge the DualShock 4 (via a USB cable) even when on standby, unlike the PS3, which has to be fully switched on to provide power to drained controllers.