Diablo III uses touchpad for inventory on PS4

“Diablo is a pretty deep game and we don’t like a lot of overload on the buttons,”

Hight said. “We want to keep it really simple so you can get to the things you need

to get to fast as you need to do it because the monsters are pouring at you no matter

what. We think the touch pad’s going to give us a lot more opportunity to make that

interface a lot easier.”

The console version allows for offline play, while the PC and Mac iterations mandate

that players be connected to Blizzard’s Battle.net service, even when playing single

-player.
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The PlayStation 4 version of Diablo III will use the DualShock 4′s new touchpad for

inventory management, Blizzard Entertainment revealed today.

Speaking during the latest Conversations with Creators video from Sony (below),

Blizzard Entertainment production director John Hight revealed that the functionality

will help streamline the experience.

“Diablo is a pretty deep game and we don’t like a lot of overload on the buttons,”

Hight said. “We want to keep it really simple so you can get to the things you need

to get to fast as you need to do it because the monsters are pouring at you no matter

what. We think the touch pad’s going to give us a lot more opportunity to make that

interface a lot easier.”

No information regarding how exactly the trackpad will be used in Diablo III was

given or shown.

The touchpad is one of the DualShock 4′s most noted additions from past iterations of

the controller. However, how the touchpad will work for Diablo III, and other games,

remains to be seen.

Diablo III was announced for the PS3 and PS4 during Sony’s major media event in

February and was playable at PAX East in March. Diablo III for consoles features a

new interface and control scheme, allowing players to directly control their

character.

The console version allows for offline play, while the PC and Mac iterations mandate

that players be connected to Blizzard’s Battle.net service, even when playing single

-player. 

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