Find out how PlayStation 4 and DUALSHOCK 4 look, feel and, most importantly, play.
In a glowing glass case in room 515a of the Los Angeles Convention Centre, a PlayStation 4 system sits drawing admiring glances from the world's games industry. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's room is a haven of calm compared with the chaotic show halls of E3 2013, and the perfect place to get up close to PS4 and the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
Striking yet simple, PS4 features a slanted front and back, giving it immediate wow factor. Divided into distinct sections, the body of the system resembles four thin, angular blocks stacked together to form one sleek whole. This has helped create a thin space in which the disc slot, USB slots and vents sit, all neatly hidden away. A thin strip of PlayStation blue light bisects the surface of PS4 when the system is powered on.
Jet black, PS4 bears a stylish matte finish; one of the four sections, finished in gloss, bears the PlayStation logo. Combined with clever arrangement of the internal design architecture which has kept it as slim and light as possible, PS4 will look sophisticated wherever it is placed. Certainly it looked right at home in a room full of curious journalists.
As for DUALSHOCK 4, its rounded shape ensures it can be held more snugly, while the rubberised grips are helpful when it comes to negotiating palm-sweating action. Sitting down to play #DRIVECLUB, the redesigned L2 and R2 buttons mean accelerating and braking in Evolution's racer are incredibly responsive and perfect for the game's drifting and cornering challenges.
Thanks to new sticks, steering through demanding corners also feels easier to control, the dimpled top of each one helping to prevent any potential loss of control. Switching to the motion control setting on the other hand means you can tilt the controller to guide your car with ease.
Ubisoft Montreal's Watch_Dogs showcases the controller's all-round flexibility. One moment Aiden Pearce is roaring through Chicago in a powerful getaway car, the next he's targeting and dispatching enemies with pin-sharp precision. With PS4 providing a seamless gameplay experience, you can confidently switch from driving to running and shooting in seconds.
The concave design of the L2 and R2 buttons means they conform to the tips of your fingers, so there's less chance of your fingers accidentally sliding off when performing quick bursts of fire or prolonged acceleration.
When it comes to accuracy under pressure, there are few games more demanding than Killzone: Shadow Fall. A stunning woodland level is the setting for a running skirmish between the Helghast and Shadow Marshall Lucas Kellan which shows off not only Guerrilla Games' keen eye for dazzling visuals, but its sense of pulse-pumping action too – and being able to bring your assault weapon precisely to bear in milliseconds is the difference between life and game over.
PS4 looks the part then - and more importantly, plays it too. Keep following eu.playstation.com to find out more about what the brand new system can do as well as how the games that accompany it are shaping up.