There’s no doubt that the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller adds new features that weren’t featured on previous controllers. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has now explained to Edge how the controller will be used with Killzone: Shadow Fall.
One of the new hardware features of the DualShock 4 controller is the light bar that sits on top. The light bar works together with the PlayStation Eye that allows you to do some PlayStation Move-like movements of gameplay.
Yoshida explained other ways the light bar is used with Killzone: Shadow Fall:
“The light-bar doesn’t require the camera to function. Even when uncoupled from a camera, the LED screen will allow players to quickly identify which controller is theirs. Also, “game designers could use it for some effect.”
“Like when [players are] losing HP, the color could change from green to red. Like in the Killzone demo, if you were watching Steven playing, [that game] has that function already,” he pointed out. “People were watching the main screen, but Steven was facing the audience, showing how the light bar color changes as he was hit by the enemy; as he lost hit points the color was changing from green to red. And when he used the health replenishment, it went back to green.”
This is quite similar to current PlayStation Move titles. I remember playing Tiger Woods and the light would be pink when I wanted to swing. Also, the light changes when I played Wonderbook: Book of Spells too.
Killzone: Shadow Fall is expected to launch alongside the PS4 console later this year in time for the Holidays.