Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 review
Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4
Sony DualShock 4 console is fast, powerful and sleek . The DualShock 4 is the best controller Sony has ever made.
The controller is just a little bigger, just a little heavier . It’s much more comfortable to hold over long periods of time.
Response time was excellent, and the buttons had a buttery quality – no need to mash down to get your character to smash and bash.
We liked the textured, roughed-up feel of the trigger buttons, all the while finding a seamless quality in the controller’s design.
The most noticeable addition to this DualShock edition is the track pad. It lacked functionality on the first game we tooled around with, DC Universe Online.
But we did discover that it 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.
The new options and share buttons are far too flush with the face of the controller and take too much pressure to use.
Also, It quickly proved easier to use the PlayStation button — now situated between the controller’s analog sticks — to suspend a title to take quick breaks.
The new touchpad works well for certain functions, like selecting weapon modes in Killzone: Shadow Fall. But it proved a poor mouse substitute in Assassin’s Creed 4‘s map screen, with slow, latency-prone movement. We’ll need more opportunities to use it in more titles before we can determine whether this is a hardware or software problem.
- Dramatic improvement over PS3 gamepad
- Clickable touchpad
- The best triggers on any gamepad
- Feels great
- Buttons are buttery smooth
- Nice design
- Terrible battery life
- Analog stick coating isn’t grippy enough
- Rubber thumbsticks show wear and tearquickly