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Sony Announces 5 New Dualshock 4 Controllers

Eventually, everybody needs a new Dualshock 4 controller to use with their PS4, PS4 Pro, or to hook up to a gaming PC. From October, Sony is set to give us more choice when buying one with the launch of up to five new special edition controllers. I say "up to" because the new color choices seem to be limited depending on where you are in the world.

According to Siliconera, Japan is set to get all five new controllers, which consist of Steel Black, Midnight Blue, and the Crystal Dualshock 4 range, including three translucent finishes (crystal, blue crystal, and red crystal). These new controllers aren't just a casing change, though. Sony is upgrading them with a redesigned touch pad allowing the light bar to shine through at the top. With that tweak, it's possible for games to give you cues based on what's happening on screen.

Dualshock 4 Crystal controller

Beyond that, these are just standard Dualshock 4 controllers, usable either wirelessly or with a wired connection over USB. However, for some reason the color choices are being restricted depending on where you are in the world. For example, none of the Crystal range will be available in Russia, and neither the blue or red versions will be available in the UK. Europe will only get the three crystal models, and it remains unclear how many the US will get (Update: Sony confirmed US gamers will get all three crystal controllers this month!). Regardless, there's nothing to stop you importing your favorite.

If the US does get the crystal controller, it won't be the first time. However, the crystal model released back in early 2016 won't carry the design updates so ensure you are buying the newer model if and when it appears.

Dualshock 4 Crystal controller

As for pricing, I don't expect it to be any different from the existing controller line-up. The MSRP is set at $59.99, but if you shop around the standard black controller can be picked up for $44, while the red and blue variants go for $48.

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