The lights are on
This E3 was my first chance to put the PlayStation 4 through its paces, and so far I'm very pleased with the new Dual Shock 4 controller.
If you've seen photos of the new controller, it doesn't appear to be much different than the previous Dual Shock designs. That impression is accurate -- to an extent. It's not a huge departure, as the general size, shape, button, and stick layout is essentially the same. However, the controller does feature some important improvements that make this by far the best PlayStation controller to date.
The most important thing I want to convey about the Dual Shock 4 is the improved build quality. All the materials, from the matte plastic of the body to the new concave rubberized control stick feel much more solid than the Dual Shock 3. The feel of it in your hand is very nice, and the new sticks are have a much tighter feel than the too-loose sticks on the Dual Shock 3. I think shooter fans are going to like them. That said, I still prefer the offset stick configuration of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers.
This quality feel extends to the buttons and analog sticks, which feel much less "plasticky" and more true than the Dual Shock 3's. This is especially true of the analogs, which seem to move more smoothly through their whole range of motion and have a rubberized surface.
The body, while essentially the same shape as the previous controller, is actually a bit bulkier and more contoured. The "wings" that extend out from the left and right sides fill up the palms of your hand a bit better. For me (I have fairly average sized hands), it was far more comfortable.
The higher quality components do add some more weight to the unit, which I actually prefer, but I can't really speculate whether or not people with smaller hands will find it too bulky.
As far as the built-in Move sensor and the touch pad, I haven't been able to play any games that really utilize them. I did play the Contra-style retro shooter Mercenary Kings, which used the pad as a way to bring up the level map, but that didn't tell me too much about its responsiveness.
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cant wait to get my hands on it
"As far as the built-in Move sensor and the touch pad, I haven't been able to play any games that really utilize them."
The fact that they announced this touchpad existed and then never spoke of it again suggests to me that they have no idea what the hell it's going to be used for either.
When they first announced it I was pissed because I assumed it was going to be a piece of useless technology jacking up the price. But since that's basically what the mandatory Kinect is too and the PS4 is, it turns out, $100 cheaper, I can't really complain.
Controllers are all personal preference. Why do people argue which is better? Neither platform's controllers ever felt uncomfortable.
Great to hear, especially since I also consider myself 'of average hand size' lol.
Good to hear. It sounds like most all of the complaints I had with the Dual Shock have been addressed, with the exception of the lower analog stick.
I don't follow what do you mean by "plasticky"?
Too bad the Eye doesn't come bundled in with every PS4. Would've made a lot more sense now that the controllers have Move lights on them.
I haven't liked a playstation controller since I used the Xbox 360 controller, but I might have to change that, because of ps'4 being gamer friendly and a better offer than the Xbox one.
Glad to hear, the option button all the way up top is super weird to me, but I'd get used to it. Also side note Matt, best headline name for the article lol
Dualshock3 is the best design, why do people like the sticks offset like that? I don't get it.
Why does every one have to compane about dual analog I prefer it than my analog stick to be up top for no reason
It looks like it feels great in your hands, i'll have one in my hands soon tho.
I prefer having the d-pad where it is. If you ever tried using a d-pad for movement on an Xbox or Gamecube controller, it doesn't work well. Now, Playstation and Nintendo have made excellent d-pads that perform exceptionally for old and modern games. (PS3, Wii, Wii U,)
The PS3 controller really didn't feel right in my hands when playing, but it looks like the PS4 controller is definitely an improvement!