Sony announces a slew of brand new PS4 peripherals to accompany the upcoming releases of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, including a new DualShock controller design.
Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2016 didn't really shock the world yesterday, given the rumors that have persisted for months regarding the existence of the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Neo, the latter of which was revealed to be officially called the PS4 Pro. The presentation did, however, demonstrate the future of this generation's run-away most successful console - a future that includes a competitively priced smaller model and a PS4 Pro that is twice as powerful as the PS4 is currently.
Sony's announcement wasn't just about the consoles themselves, however, as the industry giant also unveiled its new PS4 peripheral lineup that will accompany the two new consoles as they release later this year. Sony showed off the four new peripherals in a press release shortly after the event, revealing new designs for the DualShock 4 controller, the PlayStation Camera, a new vertical stand designed for the sleeker models of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, and the Platinum Wireless Headset, an upgrade on the company's Gold Wireless Headset that is available now for the original PS4 model.
The new DualShock 4 is likely the least significant design overhaul of the four, but one of its changes is a pretty big deal. The new DualShock 4 now lets light from the light bar emit to the touch pad - making tracking health via the colors of the controller's light much easier - while also supporting USB communication 3 as well as Bluetooth. The latter feature is one PC gamers have been clamoring after for years, and could see the DualShock 4 become more popular with that demographic.
The PlayStation Camera supports PS VR technology, of course, and comes in a new cylindrical shape that looks like a small set of speakers. The vertical stand is a product of the fact that the current stand doesn't work with the slimmer models of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, and will come made of a translucent material that will have two different attachments that each fit one of the new consoles. Finally, the Platinum Wireless Headset is described by Sony as a high-end gaming headset, with 7.1 surround sound and a hidden noise-cancelling microphone to make party chat that much clearer. The Platinum Wireless Headset also works with both PS VR and mobile devices.
Of course, the new PS4 tech won't necessarily be cheap. The controller is expected to cost around $59 USD, with the PlayStation Camera following suit. The vertical stand should only run gamers around $24, while the premium Platinum Wireless Headset will cost a cool $159. Fans looking to upgrade both their console and the tech surrounding it will be in for an expensive holiday season this 2016.