Assassin’s Creed IV uses PS4 touchpad for map navigation
posted on 09.30.13 at 06:39 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Touchpad optional. Analog sticks can also be used.

In the PlayStation 4 version of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the touchpad acts as a navigator when viewing the game map.

Clicking the touchpad brings up the map. You can move around by sliding your fingers, zoom in and out by pinching and stretching, and add a custom marker by tapping the touchpad.

Of course, if you’re fond of traditional analog stick map navigation, that’s still there. Touchpad map navigation is optional.

Watch a preview video from Rev3 Games below.

Assassin’s Creed IV will launch with PlayStation 4 on November 15. Current-gen version will be available on October 29, and an Xbox One version on November 22. If you missed it, catch today’s new ‘Pirate Heist’ trailer here.

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  • Elvick

    Pretty neat. I’ll probably use it, the analog is slow in comparison. Would drive me crazy. D:

    • Zackasaur

      Yeah, the touchpad is a huuuge improvement for stuff like this.

  • Kevadu

    This is exactly the kind of thing the DS4’s touchpad is good for. I’m glad they’re not trying to shove it into every game (at least from what I tried at PAX, most PS4 games don’t even use it), but it’s nice to have the option when it makes sense.

  • TheExile285

    Interesting….

  • Hidayat246

    ah damn now i hope Dualshock 4 come to PC T_T

    • Zackasaur

      Haha! That would be cool. But distinctly unlikely.

      This touchpad feature is super nice.

      • Kevadu

        Unlikely? I’ve seen DS4s used with PCs already. I distinctly remember that the Transistor demo at PAX was clearly running on PCs (you could see them, they weren’t trying to hide anything here) yet it was controlled with DS4s.

      • Hidayat246

        yeah i know

        that just my dream will never come true LOL

    • Leon Keyv

      well for the PC there’s Steam controller, it has touch pad too.

      • Zackasaur

        The Steam controller is intended to be the second-best m/k alternative if you play Steam as a console on your television.

        It’s not a good replacement for a traditional controller, due to the button layout and lack of physical analogue controls.

        • Kevadu

          Yes, it’s designed to be a mouse and keyboard replacement in a controller form-factor…how is that not a good replacement for a traditional controller? It sounds like a bloody fantastic replacement for a traditional controller to me…

      • Hidayat246

        i dont like steam controler

        just what zackasaur says : is just mouse+keyboard in form controler