Magma Red and Wave Blue are the two color variations the DualShock 4 will receive. However, DualShock 4 controllers that are bundled with the PS4 at launch will still retain the traditional black color Sony has used in the launch of the PS2 and PS3. The red and blue variations of the controller will be available alongside the launch of the PS4 in Europe on Nov. 29 for €59 and £54 including tax. Though the Magma Red and Wave Blue DualShock 4 controllers won’t be available for the North American launch, they are planned for release later in the year for $59 including tax; Canada and Latin America are included in the release plans as well.
When the DualShock 4 was first shown at Sony’s PS4 announcement event in February, it had several new features that differentiated itself from previous iterations of the controller. The biggest addition to the controller was a touch pad at its center, which will allow for new methods of interaction when playing games. The touch pad is also clickable which can function as another button on the controller. A light bar featuring an LED is located at the top of the controller. The light bar is capable of changing colors and will also interact with the PlayStation 4 Eye, functioning similar to a PS Move controller. A headphone jack and built-in speaker are also included on the controller.
A Share button was added to the DualShock 4 which will allow players to take part in a vast array of social interaction and sharing of content. The ability to stream game content from the PS4, share recorded footage or even post to various social media networks will be accessed by pushing the Share button. The DualShock 4 also features redesigned triggers along with concave control sticks.
Sony says the Magma Red and Wave Blue colors are the most popular among PlayStation users and just the first to be announced – so more should be expected throughout the PS4’s life.
The PlayStation 4 will launch on Nov. 15 in North America for $399.