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Submitted by bggriffiths 705d ago | opinion piece

7 Steps to Rebuild the PS4 Controller

Dealspwn writes: Scouring through patents, blueprints, rumours and ‘twitter leaks’ (aka bollocks) has put us on a seemingly endless chase in recent months for information about what we’re getting from the next-generation of consoles. With the Wii U sitting uncomfortably between two generations, Sony’s task of judging where to go next with their controller in an unenviable one. Do they once again add minor tweaks to the DualShock, an iconic controller that’s dutifully served them and millions of gamers for over a decade, or move forwards to keep up with what may turn out to be the popular trend in years to come?

There were undoubtedly some tough choices made at the drawing board, or perhaps nothing is set in stone yet, the rumours of a March reveal simply digital whispers and Sony will be gluing together a prototype minutes before this year’s E3 presentation. Fingers crossed they don’t try anything like that ridiculous bananarang redesign that they tried for the PS3. (Culture, Dev, Industry, Next-Gen, PS3, Tech)

Brian1rr  +   705d ago
Just put a better battery and give me more colors
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   705d ago
Make it like the 360's, and use the DS digital pad.
GreenRanger  +   705d ago
Just leave it the way it is but change the L2 and R2 buttons so they don't feel so loose.
turgore  +   705d ago
Split it in the middle. Add motion controls.

Now you have the physical layout of the dualshock we love, it is more comfortable to hold, and has motion controls. Best of both worlds.
DudeJets  +   705d ago
Make the triggers more triggerish but don't do gay joystick alignment like a 360
I_am_Batman  +   705d ago
I agree with not putting a screen on it and Curved L2/R2 Triggers. I partly agree with the Controller being a little bit to small for people with large hands.

But I really disagree with Eight-Direction D-Pad. Pls don't do that Sony. That would pretty much ruin fighting games for me. The D Pad is good as it is. And heat and cooling features are totally unnessessary.
porkChop  +   705d ago
Actually I would really like the heat/cool feature. That could open up a lot of new game ideas and mechanics. Hot or cold when searching for something or someone, heat when your weapon is overheating, cold when you're swimming, heat whenever there is an explosion, hot/cold when you make a good/bad decision, etc. There's a billion different things they could do with that, I would personally like it. However, I do think that every game should give the player the option to turn that feature off.
I_am_Batman  +   704d ago
I understand why it may sound like an interessting idea but you have to look at the downsides too. It would increase the price of the controller. It is way harder to produce cold then heat. The heat could lead to sweating hands. The temperature effects would have a negative effect on the battery life.
SignifiedSix  +   705d ago
Make it a little bigger, make concaved joysticks and improve the triggers.

Those are the only problems i have with it. Hate when my thumbs slide off of the joysticks and i hate shooting with r1 and aiming with l2. I know some games you can change it to the triggers, but thats even worse when your fingers slide off the damn things.
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Drainage  +   705d ago
get a vita and tape in on
MaleManSam  +   705d ago
Hmm, my only input to this would be make a texture that absorbs sweat or disperses it somehow, I don't have this problem so much as my friends do and complain that Dualshock controller is so smooth and "plasticky" that when you turn it over you can see the old sweat dried up and yuck...
Hicken  +   705d ago
1. Good idea. There's no need for a screen, honestly. If I want that, I'll use my Vita, I guess. But I do my console gaming on my TV screen: that's where I want my games to be displayed.

2. No, not that. They can be improved, but I'd prefer it, honestly, if they went back to the PS2 style. I suppose that might be more difficult to implement while being precise in analog use, but... well, just don't make em like the 360.

3. Unnecessary. I mean, I guess it wouldn't be bad, but it's not really needed. And it'd create a more expensive controller, to boot.

4. Also rather pointless. Sounds cool, but exactly how frequently would it even be used? It seems like the sort of feature that might just find itself shoehorned into games like too many gimmicks already are.

5. No. The problem these "big-handed" people have with the Dual Shock is that they're trying to hold it like a 360 controller. That's part of what the complaint over the analog sticks is about, too: it's not more ergonomic to have asymmetrical analog sticks on a controller, but people hold that controller in a sloppy, lazy way. Interestingly enough, I preferred the original Xbox's larger controller. And they didn't offer two; they phased out the large one because so many complained about it. Now, in a twist of irony, 360 fans claim their controller's larger size as a plus.

6. Why? I play a fair bit of BlazBlue and P4A, and I don't have any trouble with the D-pad. I might lose to somebody using a fight stick, but I'm pretty competent using the D-pad. And if my thumb gets worn out, guess what: I use the analog stick and perform just the same.

7. Wouldn't this be more on the system, and not the controller? Yeah, I'm pretty sure of that. The controller wouldn't need to support it; the PS4 would.

Man, overall, a pretty useless list.
DFresh  +   705d ago
My only requests for the PS4 controller is the following.

1.) Make the L2/R2 buttons concave.
(I agree with this.)

2.) Put some padding grips on the bottom of the controller so that way your hands won't slip and you'll have a better grip.
(Reduces sweat on the controller.)

3.) Custom button remapping.
(A man can dream.)

4.) USB 3.0/Blue Tooth 4.0 technology in the controller.

5.) Make the controller slightly thicker but still keep the same shape/design.

6.) Get rid of the SIX AXIS feature.
(The most worthless feature of the Dual Shock 3.)

7.) The ability to tighten or loosen the joysticks.
(Razor Onza Tournament Controller feature.)

8.) I like the idea of having a D-Pad that can move in 8 different directions.

9.) Considering Sony/Valve have a partnership the ability to use a Playstation controller on the Steam Service would be cool to use and even add to the Steam Box console in the works by Valve.

10.) Longer battery life.

Other then that I like the Playstation controller for what it is an all around good gaming controller.
bahabeast  +   705d ago
1.make it more bulky
2.make with a more grip plastic
3.fix the l2 and r2 triggers
4.better battery life

PERFECT DUALSHOCK 4
black911  +   705d ago
Triggers,analogs and grips need inprovement thats about it.
hellvaguy  +   703d ago
Here's what you wanna do in this order:

1.) Hulk Smash! Give all blueprints of Ps3 controllers to Marvel's The Hulk and have him do his thing.

2.) Have the scientist/inventor/genius Bruce Banner rock out a new fresh controller that gives you all kinds of superhuman powers and reflexes (in game of course).
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