Congratulations Sony, The DualShock Four Did not Suck

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The Final TechnologyThe Final TechnologyA glance again at 2013-2020, the age of the PlayStation Four and Xbox One.

The final time we did considered one of these generational roundups, I wrote a bit on how the DualShock 3 “sucked”. It is a sentiment courting again to my time with the DualShock and DualShock 2, each of which additionally sucked.

Right here’s a few of what I stated again in 2013:

The DualShock 3 – and Sixaxis earlier than it – are by at this time’s requirements horrible pads. I discover them to be uncomfortable to carry for lengthy durations of time, to not point out often bodily painful (thumb tendons aren’t meant to carry sticks like that).

Their triggers really feel low-cost. The thumbstick placement is way from excellent for taking part in shooters, and people thumbsticks have a deadzone as massive as a mass grave.

Dangerous controllers, the lot of them! Positive, you would survive utilizing them, however in comparison with the Dreamcast’s controller, or the GameCube’s, or the Xbox’s, or particularly the Xbox 360’s, they had been crud.

Whereas Sony sticking with the identical primary controller design for 3 console generations constructed some sort of model custom, by the point the PlayStation Four got here round in 2013 it was clear that, even for probably the most cracked Sony fanperson, a change was required.

Enter the DualShock 4. What may have been a retread of the final three controllers, and maybe ought to have been a whole redesign, as a substitute one way or the other managed to stroll the road astride each. It modified the appear and feel of the pad simply sufficient to enhance on so lots of its inconsistencies, whereas retaining sufficient of the DualShock DNA to let folks have a look at it and say at a look, yup, that’s a PlayStation controller alright.

I didn’t just like the retention of the thumbsticks being in the midst of the controller. I’ve by no means met an individual in my life who finds this the optimum solution to play fashionable 3D video games with digicam controls—shooters particularly—main me to assume that leaving them there not only for the PS4, however on the DualSense for the PS5 as properly, is just a few {hardware} workforce at Sony fucking with us.

I additionally didn’t like how squishy the principle triggers had been. That was an issue on older DualShocks, and whereas improved barely right here, it was nonetheless a problem. Especifically after I spent a lot of my time on the Xbox Elite controller, which is nearly excellent.

The checklist of issues I did like is for much longer. First up, I cherished the texture. The matte end utilized to many official DualShock Four controllers didn’t simply really feel pretty within the hand, it additionally saved fingerprints at bay.

I cherished the touchpad. I in fact want extra video games had made use of it, similar to I want extra video games had made use of the Vita’s rear touchpad, however we stay in a world the place typically console gimmicks simply don’t stick, and this was considered one of them.

I cherished the general consolation. Positive, the DualShock Four saved the identical primary form as its predecessors, however rounding off the perimeters of its “handles” made it way more pleasurable expertise to make use of for hours on finish than some other PlayStation controller had ever been.

I cherished the microphone, and assume each sport that used it to make little telephone noises, or play you intercom dialogue as a substitute of by means of the precise audio system, deserves a Gold Star.

However most of all I cherished the sunshine, a console gimmick that did stick. It was nice when video games may use it well to inform you sport stuff, but it surely was even higher in multiplayer eventualities. Wanting across the couches of my first PS4 FIFA night time with my mates, and with the ability to inform immediately who was enjoying who and whose controller was whose simply by wanting on the colour-coded lighting, was like a console characteristic had arrived early from 2030.

This is able to be the half the place I evaluate the DualShock Four to the DualSense and say my goodbyes whereas wanting into the longer term, however I haven’t laid palms on the PS5’s controller but. So in lieu of that I’ll simply say goodbye to the DualShock 4, and say thanks, Sony, for lastly daring to be a little bit totally different.

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