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E3 2013: DualShock 4 hands-on

E3 2013Hardware

The DualShock 4 is a huge improvement over its predecessor. Preferences naturally vary from player to player, but I always felt that the Xbox 360 controller was far superior to the PS3’s.


“Addresses almost every drawback”The previous controller had thumbsticks which felt too tall and your thumbs were liable to slip off as they had no ridge. For many games, the left thumbstick also feels like it’s in the wrong place, too low on the pad. And then there are the L2 and R2 buttons, which are triggers in only the loosest sense of the word.

The DualShock 4 addresses almost every drawback of the PS3’s controller, closing the gap between the two next-gen consoles’ gamepads.

L2 and R2 are now proper triggers, while the thumbsticks have a lip to them, giving you the same feeling of control that the Xbox pad does. Those thumbsticks are still in the same place, but it now doesn’t feel like an issue. Perhaps that’s because the sticks are shorter, or that the two hand grips are longer, or a combination of many small improvements. Either way, it no longer feels unnatural.


For those used to the Xbox 360 controller, these are welcome changes which make it less jarring to pick up a PlayStation controller. Your mileage may vary, but it’s certainly better for me.

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