In many ways the PS3 and Xbox 360 are identical, except one thing sets them apart. This one thing, is the controllers. Many people think that the Xbox 360 controller is better for First Person Shooters, which is by far the most popular video game genre. With this in mind, the Dualshock 3 was usually left to be “the worst controller”. With the next generation only days away, Sony plans to change this. If you compare the Dualshock 3 and Dualshock 4 they do look very similar. Both have symmetrical joy sticks, 4 directional buttons, and the same triggers. Although if you look closely you can see that small changes have been made to each one of these. Don’t forget some very large changes have been made as well. There is now a touch pad, a share button, an options button, a light bar and a nice texture on the back that may seem small but in when you get to hold it, it makes a very large difference.
The Dualshock 4 (left) alongside its younger brother, the Dualshock 3 ( right )
Many small adjustments have been made to the Dualshock 4, separately, they do seem small but add them up and you get a greatly improved Dualshock remote. To Start I’ll tell you about the the joysticks. On the Dualshock 3 my thumbs would often slip when pushing forward. This could have resulted in me dying, missing, etc. but with the Dualshock 4 joy sticks, they have added a small indent that prevents my fingers from ever slipping. This small adjustment alone has saved me from dying a few times. Secondly the triggers have been greatly improved. On the Dualshock 3 the triggers were not good. In fact the triggers were the main reason for FPS fans to pass on the Dualshock 3. On the Dualshock 4 the triggers there is a small lick on the L2 and R2 buttons that prevent you from slipping and the ergonomics of the remote is much better, allowing my fingers to naturally land on L1 and R1. Finally the directional buttons now have a small indent. This very small adjustment improves the already great directional buttons of past remotes.
The Dualshock 4 from different angles
Some very large adjustments have also been added which really set the Dualshock 4 apart from the Dualshock 3. The largest and most noticeable new feature is definitely the touchpad. The touchpad is placed directly in the center of the remote and allows you to do different actions depending on the game you are playing. For example in Assassins Creed 4 I could move around the map using the touch pad, or in Killzone Shadow Fall you will be able to control a small robot. I can’t wait to see how developers take advantage of this touch pad in the future. Another new feature is the light bar. The light bar is placed on top of the remote and will glow different colors depending on what player you are. If it glows blue you are the first player, red you are second and so on. The light bar will also be able to interact with the Playstation Camera and follow your movements. Two new buttons have also been added the share button and the options button. The options button is simply a combination of start and select, while the share button has a much more interesting function. The PS4 will always be recording your game play and save the last 15 minutes of game play. When you press the share button you will be able to share this gameplay on to Ustream, Twitch and hopefully Youtube in the future. Finally the texture on the back makes the remote feel a lot better in my hands. The texture may seem small, but you can really feel it when you finally get to hold the Dualshock 4.
Playstation 4 architect Mark Cerny holding the Dualshock 4
I personally think that the Dualshock 4 is the best next-gen remote that you will be able to buy. With all the small and large adjustments I think that the Dualshock 4 will be better then any other remote. I have already purchased the Dualshock 4 and now I’m waiting for the PlayStation 4.
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