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In honor of the Xbox One reveal that won the hearts of developers and core gamers everywhere, I thought I would give away some random ideas for features you can steal for your PS4 games. By extension the WiiU pad as well; come on people somebody make a game for WiiU please.
- Nathan Drake and Lara Croft can sweep the dirt off of items they discover to unveil more details.
- Brush it to clear out the cob webs or wipe your mask in an FPS game. (Metro?)
- Tap it as a taunt/gesture in a game; non-critical type interactions.
- Position the player's flashlight.
- Scan the screen in 2D or FPS games.
- Make sweeping gestures for magic spells, tied to visual icons on screen. Perhaps like connect-the-dots type of spell casting.
- 4 corners of touch pad can be 4 additional inventory or load-outs other than the D-pad.
- RTS-like marquee selection for many top-down management games.
- Drag finger to plot paths for AI in RTS view.
- Give macro instructions to FPS companions without moving redicule onto target by tapping the touch pad.
- BONUS! Use the touch pad X dimension [min,max] to orient an object you are inspecting or placing instead of fixed orientations or ambiguous analog stick rotation. Xmin=0 degrees, Xmax=360 degrees. Dragging left and right will give a fixed known orientation instead of spin-to-win.