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Abyss Raider Feb 21, 13
On the fence... As for the general design of the control, I'm digging it. It looks nice, it looks a lot higher quality and more slick than the past controllers. On the other hand... I still don't see the need for putting a touch screen on a dang controller, and I'm not sure if I'm a big fan of those 'share' and 'options' buttons' placement. All in all, we'll see.
I also agree with the others, I don't see a point for that 'share' button at all. I understand video games are getting a lot more social as we move on, but you don't have to force it onto us like this. I cringed at the 'social play' part of the Playstation Conference yesterday... Call me a hermit, I don't want any of it.
Also... Rubber grips. About freakin' time!
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Raijin1999 Feb 21, 13
I was once a youtube user with some odd 300+ videos and 9mill hits. I didn't make the vidyos for any personal spotlight, but rather to showcase the actual games. I did not want to add any commentary to videos but rather let the gameplay speak for itself. Then youtube started messing with my videos by allowing unverified 'copyright holders' claim ownership of the entire video, and the legal process was a royal bitch (they designed it that way to dissuade people to fight back and create a 'hassle'). So I nuked mah vids and said g'bye to the folks that shared interest in all the games I lurv.

Sony just remedied that. Gold star stickers for the lot of them. :3
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AngelFNV Feb 21, 13
Epic indeed
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Agent Mo Feb 21, 13
Abyss Raider how is it being forced? It's a new feature that's pretty nifty so they obviously want to show it off, doesn't mean you have to use it or anything, lol.

My main concern (that they would switch around the L stick and the D Pad like on the 360 controller) has been remedied. It actually looks pretty good imo, maybe a bit too chunky but we'll see. Triggers seem better, not sure about the sticks themselves but they're not bad by any means.

But wait a second....where the hell are the start and select buttons?

Also, it seems like (i'm hoping) the PS Move controllers for PS3 will work for PS4 as well.
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Musachi 86 Feb 21, 13
It's nice to see Sony finally updating the controller's style, & they've not done too bad IMO. It looks nice, appears to be more ergonomical & a bit more weighty plus the overall bulk seems to look like it'll feel better, play better & looks better too. I welcome the change... As for the touch pad I'm a little sceptical, maybe it's cause I haven't seen how this is used on the Vita, but just seems a tad unnecessary. Though that doesn't mean I hate the idea.
Hopefully Sony have finally addressed the issue of the analogue stick's dead zones. This has always been an issue for me, I found the 360 controller faultless in this area & would love to see the DS4 meet that criteria too. Looks like the triggers have had a slight upgrade too & look much better, the L2's & R2's look similar to the Move's trigger & navigation controller. Another welcome change.
I've heard there are a few people not really liking the "share" function... Why? It's a brilliant idea, how many times have I done something awesome & wished I could've shown it to a friend, or record some footage & put it online without have to buy £100's worth of equipment, do game blog or something... This is such a cool idea, & I am itching to see how it all works...
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Machienzo Feb 21, 13
So I read an infographic from Reddit claiming that majority of people when asked about the controller layout, would prefer to have the D-Pad and the Left Analog stick swapped; essentially copying the same design as the Xbox controller. Is this really the case?
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LZ Schneider Feb 21, 13
Sony has finally realized that human thumbs are convex and have designed control sticks for the PS4 accordingly. ALL HAIL
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Agent Mo Feb 22, 13
quote Machienzo
So I read an infographic from Reddit claiming that majority of people when asked about the controller layout, would prefer to have the D-Pad and the Left Analog stick swapped; essentially copying the same design as the Xbox controller. Is this really the case?
NO.
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Musachi 86 Feb 22, 13
Everyone knows that if they had swapped the left stick with the D-pad Xbox Fanboys would have a field day. " Sony copied this, Sony copied that" Get over it, it's a control pad... Its was around years before the Xbox was & I doubt they will change something so minor to please so few. I prefer the sticks where they are. I find having the stick up in the D-pad position makes it a little too cramped when I'm using the left bumper.

Stick to your guns Sony...
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Yogurt Feb 22, 13
It's a really nice controller, by the looks of it, I wonder how it feels. Definitely DO NOT swap the D-Pad and the Left Analog stick, it's FAR better as it is.

quote Musachi 86
Hopefully Sony have finally addressed the issue of the analogue stick's dead zones
What do you mean? (I don't think) I've never experienced anything like this at all.
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Bergin Feb 22, 13
quote Machienzo
majority of people
It's really, really close to impossible to ever make that kind of statement. You can only go from the number you've actually asked, and of course it will never be close to actually asking everyone. The best you can do is infer that the people you've asked reflect the majority, but I don't go by it unless the sample size is huge relative to the overall userbase.

I personally like the sticks where they are. It's not a massive difference to me but I would certainly pick the PS layout over the Xbox layout. I'd be really disappointed if they put the sticks in the 360 position. I like the new design of the sticks, though. Thumbs are definitely less likely to slip off those.
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Machienzo Feb 22, 13
quote Bergin
quote Machienzo
majority of people
It's really, really close to impossible to ever make that kind of statement. You can only go from the number you've actually asked, and of course it will never be close to actually asking everyone. The best you can do is infer that the people you've asked reflect the majority, but I don't go by it unless the sample size is huge relative to the overall userbase.

I personally like the sticks where they are. It's not a massive difference to me but I would certainly pick the PS layout over the Xbox layout. I'd be really disappointed if they put the sticks in the 360 position. I like the new design of the sticks, though. Thumbs are definitely less likely to slip off those.
That's why the infographic I read I was very confused with the statement that 'they' prefer a controller layout change.

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Skyler_x_Mandy Feb 22, 13
^D-pad swap and no share buttons?
*bleep* that, this controller is perfect...
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Phil Anselmo Feb 22, 13
I'd prefer the sticks & dpad be swapped a well, but it all comes down to what you're used to and user preference. I don't like the sticks being so close together, but in the end it's very easy to adapt to a controller.
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Lorx Feb 22, 13
Infographic looked like quite a lot of whining/pandering/rubbish, removing a share button because some people want to be a hermit is ridiculous. Nobody's forcing anybody else to use it, or acknowledge it's existence. It's not like EA's Battle.net system, where you have to go through it in order to do anything for the game. The switched Dpad is something I can relate to though. It's a reason why I really like the 3DS's layout.

What do you want your thumbs to rest on in a game? What sections of the controller are most important? Nintendo's had that concept down pat since the Game Cube;


Buttons for actions, stick for movement. Second stick and Dpad are secondary. Symmetrical design concepts can go out the window please.



Redemption the blue thing is a sensor bar for the PS Eye, and judging from the top-down pictures the bottom of the controller is probably all the grip-material.
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