But the change that everyone is most certain to appreciate are the new shoulder buttons that now more accurately mimic a trigger as you might find on the Xbox 360 controller currently. This was always the Xbox fan’s favorite part of the Xbox 360 controller, and it’s something that the DualShock 3 was sorely missing. You may not even have noticed just how badly it was missed if you never used it before, but you’ll be glad you have it once you get your hands on the DualShock 4. The trigger part of it is more subtle than the 360’s, and has a nice spring to it.
One of the core factors of a console's quality of life comes from the look and feel of its controller. In the same way tires merge a car with the road it drives on, a controller is the interface between player and console. The DualShock has been with the PlayStation brand since its humble beginnings, adapting slowly over time to include newer technology and features. Now, as the PS4 launches into stores across the US, gamers are finally getting a chance to use the latest evolution of Sony's family of controllers, the DualShock 4.
Overall, the DualShock 4 deserves praise for its magnificent build quality, but has some questionable design flaws. Its improved triggers and d-pad are welcomed. On the other hand, its Light Bar, Touch Pad, and speaker have diminished its battery life immensely. We'd love to be able to say that the shape and joysticks are as great as they are promising. Unfortunately, we encountered moments where they proved uncomfortable. This evolution of the DualShock has some cool tricks up its sleeve, but isn't as fundamentally sound as we hoped.
While the DualShock 4 is a great controller, the easily worn down rubber grips on the thumb sticks and the battery draining light bar left many disappointed. Let’s hope that any new DualShock 4 design, Elite or otherwise, will fix those issues.
DualShock 4 controller
|Developer||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
|Type||Video game controller|
|Generation||Eighth generation era|
|Connectivity||microUSB (Micro-B) 2.0, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, 3.5mm TRRS (CTIA) stereo headset jack, extension port|
|Power||3.7 V 1000 mAh Li-ion battery, USB 3.0 host powered|
|Dimensions||162 mm × 52 mm × 98 mm
6.4 in × 2.0 in × 3.9 in