The Dual Shock 4 Wireless controller was released in 2013, alongside the launch of the Sony PlayStation 4, to function as the premier controller for Play Station 4, to provide an impeccable gaming experience to the players. Though since its inception, there have been a series of updates to the original Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller and also there have been plenty of potentially much better designs from the developers of the rival tech company–but still now, years after the launch of this classic controller, this PS4 controller is still very much appealing to the eyes, as much appealing it is to the hands.
The most notable thing about the Dual Shock 4 Wireless controller is its design, which is truly ergonomic, which means gameplay feels instinctive and more comfortable. The responsiveness of the controller is also very good and, pretty much like the design of the whole body, the buttons of the controller also give a buttery texture. This means there is no need to strike down to get the character to smash off some guys in the game. In this article, a comprehensive review of the PS4 controller. So let’s see a much nearer and detailed look at what’s to appreciate and well as what’s to dislike about this Sony Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller. The Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller is everything a gamer wanted from Sony’s next generation of the gamepad. Unlike the previous generation DualShock 3, we now only have minor complaints or issues for the controller of PlayStation 4. It is just not a simple controller that can perform well up to the rarest of rare exclusive PS4 titles, it is one that we won’t consider some kind of a hurdle when selecting where to play and have fun with the multiplayer video games
Design and Looks
In the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, the share button is placed slightly too far off, from the central commands, and an extension of the thumb is always required, and the same problem persists for other buttons of the controller.
Many players have complained that their palms were so spread out over the sides of this controller, it is very difficult to normally jump either up or either down. However it must be considered that players with larger paws may not have this kind of problem, but for a regular person, it probably felt like their mitts had to withstand a minor chasm. In comparing to the Play Station3’s controller DualShock 3, share and options buttons are placed at comforting positions, which is ready at one’s beck and call. Speaking a bit more about the older controller, the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller is certainly a much more upgraded and superior version of the controller from Sony.
The analog sticks are very responsive and smooth in nature, so much so that players might stop thinking about if they go on and use them as someone may fly around the underground lab as a doppelgänger of superman. The tops of the are notched down a bit so your fingers can sit over them as contradicted to on above of the notch like the DualShock 3. Something we love a lot about this DualShock 4 Wireless Controller is how Sony is endlessly bringing out the best from their developers, with new and improved edition designs. To prove this point, at this moment there are controllers like the PlayStation F.C., GT Sport, and God Of War Limited Edition readily available for the consumers to buy and run their favorite video games.
The one thing that sets the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller apart in comparison to other identical PS4 controllers is its trackpad. Developers at Sony have designed the trackpad in such a way that now it can act as a button in itself. It reminded us, the critics some kind of a diving board in that interest, as in the new controller, there is a bit of room between the body of the controller and the ends of the button. In the most recent upgrade to the controller of the PlayStation 4, the trackpad has had a practical redesign, as it now sets a light bar on the top, which means it adds an extra volume to your gaming experience as it glows in distinct colors for several kinds of performance, and also showing you when it is in need to get charged up again.
Frequently players or users have found that the trackpad had some sort of difficulties to distinguish between directions. A lot of actions were depicted by a lot of directional swipes, and it has proven too much for the pad on the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller in some of the games. The new touchpad of the controller works well for certain functionalities. Works like assigning weapon modes in the Killzone: Shadow Fall is an example of this aspect. But it proved to be a poor mouse alternative in the map screen of Assassin’s Creed 4’s, with slow, latency-prone activity.
Players need more resorts to use it in many more titles before they can inherit this is a problem in the hardware or the software. But one of the biggest objections faced by the controller is that some of its Polygon, except this, many have considered this as the best they have ever used. Over the course of more than one hundred hours of gaming with the DualShock 4, the battery life looks to sit somewhere in between 7 and 8-hour neighborhood, only a fraction, compared to due previous gen, 30-hour battery life of the DualShock 3. As the system only comprises of one micro USB cable 1.5 – 2m in length, prolonged or marathon sessions may take place on your floor, near to the PS4. Just like the DualShock 3, the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller battery isn’t planned to be renewed as well, though users who get their devices from enterprises, may be able to find some alternates online in the upcoming years.
Any gameplay feels more enjoyable and immersive if the sonic-experience is lovable as well. The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller comes with built-in speakers that can be seen sitting within the controller. Although one should keep in mind that you can’t expect the best of class, audio excellence from a regular controller, but what it does is to certainly add to the gameplay and the audio one hear from his or her TV. As we speak of sound, there is a 3.5mm stereo audio jack for your earphones if for any purpose you want to hear to all those great additional sound effects, without letting others know. The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller is combined with both an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Though it’s not something in any video gaming controllers, both of the sensors felt highly-sensitive, which led to more detailed and gameplay more enjoyable.
At first appearance, it may look like that the Play Station 4’s user interface shares little more in common with the PlayStation 3’s “XrossMediaBar” interface, which has a more familiar sight for owners of Sony’s sets of televisions from the year 2006. But the Play Station 4’s interface is again very similar to Sony’s television sets from the current generation, and with its use, a clear development of the XMB is evident. It holds on to the speed of its predecessors while adding an amount of flexibility that the rigid hierarchy of XMB never really allowed.
There are a lot of things that are good about the Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller, for which the controller was so popular during its initial days, and still used by a large number of gamers. The following are some of the pros of the controller to cheer about:-
- DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN UI
Some minor things stand out here. In the new controller, one has now the option to temporarily stop a game at any time of gameplay by clicking on the PlayStation button and, for example, change his or her display or audio settings, without having to quit the game. After almost seven to eight years of the Xbox 360 and PS3, steering through the PS4’s menus and UI rapidly and with very rare lag is one of the extra rejuvenating components of the next-gen consoling experience.
- IMPROVED SYSTEM
One major admired transformation from Sony in its Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller is that the bifurcated User/PSN ID system from the previous-gen PS3 doesn’t exist anymore. You can directly avoid the PS3’s user ID/PSN ID association process and download your profile onto the PS4. The PS4 also assists vastly enhanced user switching, and its guest aspect enables you to temporarily download a PSN profile onto a pal’s PS4 and delete it when logged out. Other minor changes delight — including double-tapping the PlayStation button to switch among active apps and games.
- ADVANCED TOUCHPAD
Developers at Play Station have pulled off something really cool and interesting with the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller by developing its touchpad like never before. The touchpad of the controller can now act as a button itself. Also, additional features like placing led lights on top of the pad add some new features, and also upgrades on the looks of the controller, in comparison to its predecessor. The quality of it is also nice, which in general contributes to more holistic gameplay.
The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller comes with a sheer number of aspects that are not appreciated by its users, especially the users who play highly complex games which involves many buttons at one time while playing. The cons of the Dual Shock 4 Wireless Controller have been discussed below:-
- POSITIONING OF BUTTONS
One of the main aspects of the controller which literally almost every average gamer doesn’t like is that the share button is also located a bit too far away from the central commands, and a big stretch of the thumb is needed to reach the button–and even some of the other buttons are located in positions which are too difficult to navigate. While reviewing, our hands were so stretched out on the sides of the controller, it was really hard to typically jump up or down. Those with larger paws will surely not have to face this kind of difficulty, but for us, it felt like our mitts had to cross over a small chasm.
- BATTERY LIFE
This is something about the controller that even the developers at Sony are not proud about. The controller can perform up to 7 to 8 hours of gaming, which is nothing in comparison to the 30 hours plus game support that the PS3’s controller provided. This is one of the only key areas where the controller seriously lags behind in comparison to it’s closest competitors.
- POOR GRIPPING
The gripping of the analog stick is not that good. It’s kind of slippery which does not help in high intensive gameplay. The analog stick could have a better coating to fix this issue so that players could have had a joyful, hassle-free gaming experience.
In general, players across the world love and enjoy brandishing and playing with the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller. It feels and looks lovely to the hands and eyes respectively, and comes with a pretty nice balance, which works like a charm.
To say that that is a perfect controller with the best of the features would be too loud to say, however it does perform in various aspects, which quiet cover-up it’s flaws. Players caught themselves feeling it was a bit light in terms of weight, but these thoughts are just temporary as they quickly vanish away after players get engaged in kicking off some butt in the game.
There is a decent amount of clicky noise as well to the buttons, however, it may or may not annoy you.
The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller has a mix of matte and glossy texture, impersonating the design of Play Station 4 itself. With a pretty modern look and nice amalgamation of features, the controller does well on most of its aspects and is worth purchasing.