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Sony: PS4 Controller Perfect for Newcomers and Expert Players

Posted by Sammy Barker

Pass the pad

Sony’s straddled a fine line with the DualShock 4. While the platform holder’s marketing message for the PlayStation 4 has centred on hardcore gamers, the company also wanted to construct a controller that would not intimidate newcomers. And according to group president Andrew House, the device’s less daunting elements include its on-board touchpad and light bar.

“We feel that we have developed a controller interface that is equal accessible to the hardest of hardcore gamers who will get the fullest benefits out of their gaming experiences,” he told French website JeuxVideo, “but when used in combination with the camera or using the touchpad, is very, very easily accessible even to the person that is playing games for the first time.”

We reckon that there’ll need to be more titles that take full advantage of these features before House’s statement really resonates, but we can certainly see how the additional functionality will help in the future. Augmented reality application The Playroom is currently the best demonstration of these additional gimmicks, but is little more than a technology demo in its present guise.

Still, we’re big fans of the PS4’s primary input device, and reckon that it’s easily the best controller that Sony has ever made. You can read our full appraisal of the overhauled device in our hardware review through here. Do you think that the manufacturer’s successfully managed to balance core and casual players with its latest peripheral? Flash your light bar in the comments section below.


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User Comments (3)



divinelite said:

Very interesting, even Xbox One controller doesn'tso much aadvertised like ps4 controller

And even the console itself is nice to see, not forgetable like Nintendo wii u



Unca_Lz said:

Eh, I'm still not crazy over the DualShock's design. I get cramps from the dang analog stick placements.



Spidernoir said:

I wonder if me having long fingers is the reason I've never had an issue with the Dual Shock.

I always got cramps on the Xbox Controller due to the design, I have to bend my fingers too much.

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