DualShock 4 controller review

The DualShock 4 Controller was released alongside Sony’s PlayStation 4 console back in 2013.

Although there have been plenty of updates to the DualShock 4 since then – and plenty of potentially better designs from rival tech companies – even now, years after launch, this PS4 controller is still as appealing to the eye as it is to the hands.

The most notable thing about the controller is its design, which is truly ergonomic, which means gameplay feels intuitive and comfortable.

Response time is excellent and, just like the rest of the design, the buttons have a buttery quality. That means there’s no need to mash down to get your character to smash and bash.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s to love – as well as what’s to hate – about the Sony DualShock 4 Controller.

Track pad

What sets the DualShock 4 apart from similar PS4 controllers is its track pad, which acts like a button itself. It reminded us a little of a diving board in that regard, as there’s a space between the end of the button and the body of the controller.

In the most recent updates to the controller, the track pad has had a handy redesign, which now puts a light bar above it adding an extra dimension to your games as it glows different colors for different kinds of action, as well as showing you when it needs charging up.

Sometimes we found the track pad had difficulty differentiating between directions. Various moves were defined by various directional swipes, and it proved too much for the DualShock 4’s pad in certain games.

Design

As for the rest of the PS4 controller, the share button is also a little too far away from the central commands, and a stretch of the thumb is needed to reach it – the same goes for the option buttons.

Our hands were so spread out on the sides of the controller, it’s hard to naturally jump either up or down. Those with larger paws may not have the same issue, but it felt like our mitts had to overcome a small chasm.

By comparison, the PS3‘s DualShock 3 share and option buttons are right there, ready at your beck and call. Speaking of the older controller, the DualShock 4 is definitely an upgrade in style.

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