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Diablo 3 on PS4 gets touchpad UI navigation - video

Blizzard demonstrates the all-new console inventory system

The PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 3 will use the touchpad on the new DualShock 4 controller to make UI and inventory navigation more intuitive.


A new Diablo 3 developer video below showcases the new inventory system, along with other aspects of the console version of the game, bound for the PS3 and PS4 later this year.

Diablo 3 production director John Hight says, "For us, the thing that's exciting about the new console is actually the controller. That's where it all begins, that's where you develop that relationship with your character on the screen."

He later adds, "One of the things that we're excited about with the controller is the touch pad. Diablo is a pretty deep game, and we don't like a lot of overload on the buttons, we wanted to keep it really simple so that you can get to the things that you need to get to fast. We think the touch pad's going to give us a lot more opportunity to make that interface a lot easier."

Speaking more on the game's touch pad controls, lead console designer Josh Mosqueira says, "We now have a different way that the player can interact with the game. For a game like Diablo 3 that has a lot of cool inventory things you're doing, just the possibility of the track pad is really exciting and we really can't wait to dive into it and make it as awesome as we can."

Blizzard says it has built all of the inventory and UI screens "from the ground up" specifically for controller use.

The video also demonstrates a new console-exclusive gameplay mechanic - the roll ability - performed with a flick of the right analogue stick.

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Diablo 3 was officially confirmed for both PS3 and PS4 at Sony's PS4 unveiling event in February.

The console port will feature several tweaks and improvements when it makes the leap to the controller-based systems. A PS3 gameplay video is here.