Amazon Starts Shipping DualShock 4 Controllers Before PlayStation 4 Release Date
The PlayStation 4 won't reach store shelves until November 15, but impatient gamers can get a taste of what it's like to play on the new console today.
Amazon.com is already shipping out PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controllers to those who pre-ordered extras for their new console. The website lists the controllers as in stock, and can ship to anyone overnight.
While the DualShock 4 controller is specifically made for the PlayStation 4, Amazon reviews for the controller proclaim that it will work on the PlayStation 3 as well. That way gamers who don't want to wait to play new games like "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag" and "Battlefield 4" can see what they will play like on the PlayStation 4.
Of course, the DualShock 4 does not improve the processor power of the PlayStation 3, so gamers will have to wait for the PS4 release to see those games with next-gen graphics and features.
The DualShock 4 controller for the PS4 boasts several improvements over the PS3 DualShock 3 controller. PS3 gamers will benefit from the redesigned and re-tuned thumbsticks and new triggers that are better for first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield games.
The PS4 and PS4 controllers share the same basic shape, but Sony added a new share button to the DualShock 4 to make it easy for gamers to share videos and screenshots of PS4 games as they play. The PS4 controller also has a new trackpad in the center for added input and finer menu control.
Notably, the PlayStation button on the DualShock 4 does not work with the PS3, so interested gamers will still want to have a DualShock 3 nearby when they want to access the cross-media bar on their console. Otherwise, the PS4 controller appears to function perfectly on the PS3.
The PS4 controller also works as a plug-and-play controller for PCs, though it requires some configuration to work on some games.