Yoshida Reveals That PS4 Will Only Support 4 Controllers Simultaneously

Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida has stated in several tweets that the PS4 will only allow for four controllers to be simultaneously connected.

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GarrusVakarian2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

"only support 4 controllers"

I don't think there's any need for more than 4. Ive never used more than 2 personally.

NewMonday2262d ago

pre-order canceled

I demand 8 controller support and 8 player split-screen


sephiroth4202262d ago

8 player splitscreen would be great! but i guess tvs will have to go up in size before thats possible

ZodTheRipper2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

I actually played PES with more than 4 people several times ...but I can live without that. I suppose this could be changed with a later update? This seems like a software issue to me.

boing12262d ago

Same here. Too bad. I'm not going to miss it though.

Linzoid2262d ago

Gutted about this news! I love the 3 v 3 games on FIFA. It was annoying when they reduced from 8 to 7 from PS2 to PS3.

However this will no stop me picking up my PS4 at launch :-)

FamilyGuy2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

That would actually be pretty legit if tvs were all 80+ inches and games were in 4k resolution.

The future...

Also, this is a hardware thing, not software, Sony only has four colors for the lightbar on the DS4 so it couldn't go up because of that lol j/k

iamnsuperman2262d ago

8 player split screen? Hell yer. Imagine a game where the more kills you get the more screen space you get over the others. Flipping awesome fun

WrAiTh Sp3cTr32262d ago

Didn't you clowns talk smack in the XB1 article of how they were copying sony with 8 controllers? And now you're applauding a downgrade which sony has done? LOL

malokevi2262d ago

If you can do duel screen, 8 is awesome. Also, for sports games, 8 is good.

Not that it matters to me in the end, just sayin...

SilentNegotiator2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

Are you guys really going to just laugh this off?

PS3 had 7 player support or something like that; why the heck not PS4? As underutilized as same-screen multiplayer is these days, there's no excuse to just DROP the number of controllers supported at a time.

This is bad for sports titles, party games, and all sorts of innovative possibilities.

gaffyh2262d ago

@Silent - It's only really utilised in certain sports games. I can't think of any other genre that used more than four controllers. Not actually a huge issue considering multiplayer online was way more popular this gen. I used three controllers on LBP a few times but no more.

I admit more is of course better for people who play sports games like that, but it probably doesn't affect too many people.

WeedyOne2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

The PS3 could support more than 4 controllers, I think it was 7 or 8 controllers.

I bet the PS4 controller is limited to 4 players because of the added move functions, more than 4 controllers at once is probably too much for the camera to track accurately.

No big deal!

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Nizulo2262d ago

I was going to convert to PS4... but this, this is... NO BIGGIE.

Hellsvacancy2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

Damn, the PS4 is doooooooooooooomed

Ot, i've never used more than two controllers on my PS3, now my son is getting older that'll change next gen to three

thereapersson2262d ago

The only time this comes in handy is sports gaming. Having the option of up to 7 different colors in NBA 2k for my character makes it easy to identify a unique appearance, color-wise. Not sure what we will get now that the maximum is 4.

shivvy242262d ago

The max I have used is 4 with family/friends ! MW2 , Ratchet all4one and fifa

Andronix2262d ago

I've played a Motorstorm fame in 4 player split screen and that was lots of fun. But I can't think of why you would want to play an 8 person game as each person's 8th of the screen would be really small. But it is important to have split screen for local games when friends visit so I would like to see more games with this feature.

But who can afford 8 controllers?! Who can afford 4?!

B-radical2262d ago

4 player on older consoles was fun

DiRtY2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

8 > 4

humbleopinion2262d ago

Well... while more never hurts, I'm much happier to see that Sony pushed for 8 GB RAM over 8 controllers support.

FamilyGuy2262d ago

I dn't think the word "only" needs to be in that sentence. 4 is a standard for limit for most local co-op games. Sports games are the only ones I know of that ever exceed 4.

husomc2262d ago

i've played FIFA, with upto 6 ppl together, must be a limitation caused by the audio channel for the speaker in the controller

Liefx2262d ago

I understand where people come from, but it is nice to be able to switch on my 4 controllers, then pop on the Move controllers without having to turn off the other controllers. Or what about Guitar hero devices?

I found it handy to have 7 slots for devices.

Mounce2262d ago

The ONLY time more than 4 controllers is EVER used is in Sports games like FIFA. Outside of that? Pointless.

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Wizziokid2262d ago

Don't think I've ever used more than 4 anyway?

Thisisjuju2262d ago

Nor I. I cant think of any game Ive ever played that has supported 8 local/splitscreen players.

The Meerkat2262d ago

Bomberman maybe? but that's not split screen.

I remember 5 player on the Amiga.
4 on pads and 1 on keyboard.

Septic2262d ago

There isn't really a need for more than 4 controllers anyway unless they release a crazy version of Micro Machines or Power Stone.

Thisisjuju2262d ago

God I would love to see a Micro Machines game.

Linzoid2262d ago

8 players on Micro Machines V3 on PS1 was one of my all time favorite local MP games!

Wish Codemasters would release a next gen version or a HD remake

MariaHelFutura2262d ago

I love when people mention Power Stone.

Regis2262d ago

You and Septic should get married at this rate I see the 2 major people on this site agreeing mind blown

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Halochampian2262d ago

Some sports games could be could with it. It's not a big deal, but I could see myself and a group of friends playing some FIFA or NHL together all on one machine.

The PS3 had support up to 7 so I thought it would easily have been featured in the ps4 but I guess since they(developers) never utilized it, they thought the feature could be cut.

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paul-p19882262d ago

PS3 supported 7 if i remember rightly, yet i don't think many people used that many at one time. 4 is probably the perfect amount, more would have been nice, but i along with most people only tend to have 3 friends in the same place as me at once.

Besides, with online gaming getting another massive boost this gen i doubt most people will even be using 2 controls on the same console...

NukaCola2262d ago

Yeah PS3 did 7 but I never used more than 3 at a time on LBP.

MrSwankSinatra2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

honestly i never knew that until now. i've only ever used two.

coolasj2262d ago

Technically, I believe the PS3 supports "7 simultaneous Bluetooth devices". So the 4 controller thing is fine, but I want to know the upper bound on Bluetooth devices total.

RevXM2262d ago (Edited 2262d ago )

Hopefully not.
4 controllers, and perhaps 4 headsets at the same time, maybe some would like Mouse and key and a TV/BD remote at the same time too(not having to reconnect all the time). so about 10-12 total should be the max useable/sensible amount of units. Any more units would be ridiculous right?

I wont die if it doesnt though, I have barely used 4 BT units at a time on the ps3 so for me its allright as of now.

boing12262d ago

Happened to me once in whole generation. We played PES for 7 players. Lots of fun. Not going to miss it though.

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