While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with PlayStation consoles, there’s always been a sore thumb that I haven’t been able to overlook – the controller. Going back to the PS One, up until the PlayStation 3, in it’s various incarnations, the PlayStation controllers to me, have always been one of the weakest spots of the Sony consoles. To be frank, I’ve hated all of the DualShock controllers due to their design, which to me have felt flimsy and cheap. It’s not just the weight of the controller, but the analog sticks, the grips for each hand and just the overall ergonomic feel.
I’ve always been partial to fan-favorite controllers like the ones for the Super NES, Xbox 360 and the Gamecube, mainly due to how comfortable they feel in my hands, and the quality of the buttons. Hell even the Nintendo 64 controller, which in my opinion is one of the ugliest looking controllers of all-time, still felt comfortable. The PS One, PS2 and PS3 controllers however, just haven’t done anything for me. I think I hate them.
However, having recently played a couple of games on the PlayStation 4, I was pretty happy with how the DualShock 4 feels. It has better curves, thicker grips, the buttons feel more solid and even the analog sticks feel much better than any PS controller before it. Obviously there are some other bells and whistles, such as the mono speaker, the touchpad, the light between the R and L buttons, but all is not perfect. The Options and Share buttons almost seem like they’re not lifted enough. What I mean, is that when you press them, you have to press them hard to get them to work as they just sort of cave in. I’m hoping this is something Sony addresses, as it was kind of annoying when I had to use the Options button during one of my recent game experiences, but that being said, the DualShock 4 controller is a huge improvement over what Sony had produced in the past.
I’m still deciding which console to pick up in November – the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, and frankly, with the price being $100 less than the Xbox One, I’ve been considering going with the PS4. Up until the other day though, I was a little concerned about the controller and knowing how good the Xbox One’s felt, I thought about just sucking it up and going with Microsoft’s baby, but with the DualShock 4 being such an improved experience over the last few iterations, the PS4 is looking more and more tempting.