Both Sony and Microsoft have invested a lot of time in not only carefully designing the console architecture for maximum power and efficiency but also working on improving their controllers. Today we want to look at each controller and the specific changes made to enhance the overall gaming experience for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4
The DualShock 4 controller incorporates a new, highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a touch pad located on the top of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games. The feel, shape, and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control, no matter what you play. The new multi-touch and clickable touch pad on the face of the DualShock 4 wireless controller opens up worlds of new gameplay possibilities for both newcomers and veteran gamers.
- The feel, shape, and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control, no matter what you play
- The new multi-touch and clickable touch pad on the face of the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller opens up worlds of new gameplay possibilities for both newcomers and veteran gamers
- The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, putting several new audio options in the player’s hands
- The addition of the Share button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation 4 as easy as the push of a button. Upload gameplay videos and screenshots of your greatest accomplishments or live-stream your gameplay sessions through popular Internet streaming services
- Four color LEDs offer a simpler way to easily identify players and quickly see useful game information, like when a character is low on health or has taken major damage.
- Multiple vibration motors give games a greater degree of expression and heighten the sense of immersion for players.
Xbox One Wireless Controller
Experience the action like never before with the Xbox One Wireless Controller. New Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition. Redesigned thumbsticks and an all new D-pad provide greater precision. And the entire controller fits more comfortably in your hands. With over 40 innovations, it is claimed to be the best controller Xbox has ever made.
- New expansion port with high speed data transfer enables clearer chat audio when using a compatible headset.
- Newly designed D-pad is responsive to both sweeping and directional movements.
- Thumbstick improvements enable better grip and accuracy.
- Trigger and bumpers are designed for quicker access.
- Grips and contours have been designed to fit a wider range of hand sizes comfortably.
- Batteries fit inside the controller body, allowing your hands more room to naturally grip the controller.
- 30ft wireless range
- Connect up to 8 Wireless Controllers at once to your console.
- Menu and View buttons for easy navigation.
- Seamless profile and controller pairing. Infrared LEDs in the controller can be sensed by the Kinect sensor.
Both Controllers have massive improvements and are a big hit so far with most gamers who have had some play time with each whether it be at an expo or demo. To make a final decision on the clear winner here, we will wait till November so we can experience multiple games with each controller to weigh in on not only their improvements but to also look for any flaws that may exist. The good news is both controllers are quite impressive at this point and regardless of which system you pick up, you’ll be getting a fantastic gamepad with it. It is nice to see that Sony and Microsoft both worked hard to make the best controller possible. Look for our full review on the controllers, systems and launch library this November!