Sony has announced its next-generation console at the special "Future of PlayStation" press event in New York and with it a new controller to match.

The new controller has the normal buttons you'd expect on a PlayStation joypad, but with the added bonus of a touchpad display at the top to add new control methods to the mix, as rumours suggested.

Mixing the design of the PlayStation 3 (Dualshock 3) controller with the Xbox 360 controller, the new Dualshock 4 controller features a new highly sensitive six-axis sensor, says Sony, as well as a touch pad located on the front of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.

There is also a light bar on the top with three colour LEDs that illuminate in various colors. The light bar illuminates to match the color of characters in a game to offer a simpler, more friendly way to identify players, even when playing side by side, however it isn't to be confused with the Move Controller Sony offers. 

According to Sony, the light bar also changes patterns during gameplay to provide useful information to gamers, such as when a character is critically low on health or has taken major damage.

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In addition, Dualshock 4 will come with a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack to get sound effects of games from both the TV and from the controller. Combined with the Mono Headset that will be bundled with PS4, gamers will also be able to chat with friends playing online, while hearing sound effects from the controller in hand.

On the surface the Start and Select button have been ditched (they are moved into the options button) and there is a new Share button that allows gamers to easily broadcast their gameplay in real-time to friends through internet streaming services such as Ustream.

Users can also share their triumphs and accomplishments by uploading video gameplay to Facebook with the "SHARE button". Additionally, gamers can charge Dualshock 4 while PS4 is on standby or through a dedicated charging station. For convenience, Dualshock 4 can also be charged with smartphone chargers via USB.

Sony has also announced a new PlayStation 4 Eye accessory. The newly developed camera for PS4 incorporates two high-sensitive cameras that have wide-angle lenses with 85-degree diagonal angle views which can recognise the depth of space precisely.

This enables PlayStation 4 Eye to cut out the image of the player from the background, or to grasp players' positions in front and behind, further broadening the ways to enjoy games.

Incorporated four microphones are also capable of accurate sound detection and source origination. In addition, users will be able to login to their PS4 with face recognition and are capable of using their own body movements or voices to enjoy games more intuitively.

Furthermore, PlayStation 4 Eye senses the color of Dualshock 4's light bar to judge the positions of multiple players, and set characters in the same positions or let a character talk to a particular player, enabling players to enjoy games in new way - whatever that means. 

PlayStation 4 Eye also supports PlayStation Move motion controller. It detects the motion of PS Move more precisely, and reflects players' in-game motion more accurately than ever says Sony. 

Pocket-lint is on the scene covering the event live to bring you the latest.