Submitted by Tolkoto 579d ago | opinion piece

Sony should have retired the DualShock controller

Tonight’s announcement tarnishes the legacy of a once great controller. (PS4, Sony)

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Kamikaze135  +   579d ago
Hell no. The PS4 controller is beautiful.
Abash  +   579d ago
The PlayStation's triangle, square, circle, and X button are iconic. There is no way they can ever retire the DualShock
Nitrowolf2  +   579d ago
Oh boy this wasn't fast XD

TBH the last time they redesigned the controller people freaked and they went back to the dualshock neevr releasing that boomerang
Enemy  +   579d ago
Agreed. Venturebeat should retire their website.

The new controller is everything I'd hoped more. Slightly bigger, better triggers, better grip, improved analog sticks, even better d-pad, that sexy light in the back. It is perfection.
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Bathyj  +   579d ago
I've actually been considering getting the triangle square circle cross as a 1:1 size tattoo for years, but that will probably guarantee I never get laid again.
The Great Melon  +   579d ago
They effectively did retire the Dualshock. Just look at this new controller. It's radically different compared to its previous iterations.

Changes: Touch screen, ergonomics, improved triggers, share button, loss of start and select buttons, Move light, headphone jack, built-in speaker, 3-axis accelerometer.

Sony managed to cram practically every feature in other controllers into the DualShock. It's a beast feature-wise compared to its brethren.
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sunnygrg  +   579d ago
The Playstation is built on the legacy of the Dualshock controller. So, please God no.
hulk_bash1987  +   579d ago
What is this guy on? The damn controller looks like a dream come true. Especially the triggers, indented analog sticks and the longer handles.
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user3915800  +   579d ago
PS4 controller its awfull, no innovation at all, really they are still with ps1 controller wtf. t was ok for the first console, then seond came same again ok, thrid time wtf, 4th time someone needs to get fired, no structure at all. I wonder how ugly the ps4 will be, ps1 beautifull, ps2 retarded, ps3 awfull design. Im impresed with the spec 8gb ddr5 but thats an overkill. WIIU has no chance with next gen console. I hope they make up for the console structure, because the remote really suck.

Instead of coming out with that thing again, they should of done what nintendo did and just copy 360 pad, seriously 15 years with the same remote wtf, where is innovation.
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DragonKnight  +   579d ago
I was wondering what I was going to reply with to your first paragraph and then I saw this...

"Instead of coming out with that thing again, they should of done what nintendo did and just copy 360 pad, seriously 15 years with the same remote wtf, where is innovation."

So my reply is that you really should cover up, your fanboyism is showing.
Mikeyy  +   579d ago
What is this... I don't even...
hulk_bash1987  +   579d ago
It's an English teacher's worst nightmare is what it is.
RonRico  +   579d ago
nlvwithgms, man you are all over these PS4 threads. Just relax. The 720 will come for you guys soon enough.
kenshiro100  +   579d ago
...Fix your grammar first, then you can talk.
Darrius Cole  +   579d ago
Looks aren't everything. At first glance it looks like the handles are a bit too flat, more like the 360 controller than like the Dual-Shock 3. But I need to see more to be certain.

But how it looks is meaningless to me. It has to feel right and give me control over my character in the game.

I will withhold judgement until I actually feel it in my hands.
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Sarcasm  +   579d ago
Agreed, It is a new Era for the PlayStation, and the new Dualshock is a great evolution. IMO I think Sony did the right thing. Hopefully the ergonomics of the controller will improve and bring in more gamers.
pain777pas  +   578d ago
What is this website and why should I care what they have to "report"? GTFO! LOL!
Relientk77  +   579d ago
I disagree with this
-Alpha  +   579d ago
I agree with this
azshorty2003  +   579d ago
I agree with the agreeing of the disagree.
perdie  +   579d ago
I like pie.
RonRico  +   579d ago
Yes, I guess we can all just agree to disagree with the disagree we are all agreeing with. No?
Sarcasm  +   579d ago
I agree with the pie.
The_Infected  +   579d ago
I dissagree I love this controller!!
Knight_Crawler  +   579d ago
They should have brought back the Batorang shape controller.

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TongkatAli  +   579d ago
Yeah, so you could have more ammo to talk shit.
Yodagamer  +   579d ago
Oddly enough i always wanted to try it XD
KwietStorm  +   579d ago
Nothing odd about that.
M-M  +   579d ago
Hand cramp 24/7.
squarecircle  +   579d ago
A few people have made replicas of that controller and nearly all of them say it's surprisingly comfortable, some even preferring it over the dualshock.
kingPoS  +   578d ago
Who's willing to bet that if you threw it would come back.

Honest question. lol
Y_5150  +   579d ago
The Dual Shock name should never retire when PlaySation is around. The name means greatness in your hands!
SignifiedSix  +   579d ago
Why, when they just made it a much better controller? Its bigger, looks more durable, has better triggers and analog sticks.

I haven't even touched it and like it a lot better than the DS3 already.
2pacalypsenow  +   579d ago
If it aint broke dont fix The dualshock is part of the Playstation DNA
Ser  +   579d ago
Nope. Not gonna happen.
CGI-Quality  +   579d ago
"Sony should have retired the DualShock controller"

Uh no, they shouldn't have and thank goodness they didn't! ;)
bwazy  +   579d ago
Oh f***, these articles already? HERE WE GO FOR THE NEXT 9 MONTHS!
Bathyj  +   579d ago
They didnt wait til PS3 was out to try and kill it with FUD. (In fact I think thats why the word FUD was invented)

Theyre not going to wait for PSFWOAR's launch either
Yodagamer  +   579d ago
Why? i just don't get why it's a great controller. Some people like the position of everything on it, some like the 360 pad. Personally i like the 360, but i can understand why people like the ps3 one. Getting rid of the dual shock would be like nintendo getting rid of the nintendo dpad for the 360 dpad.
DragonKnight  +   579d ago
What the hell is up with this author? This article drones on in such melodrama one would think the author loves the sound of his own inner voice when he typed up this drivel and lost a best friend. The unnecessary griping stems from someone who apparently doesn't like even the smallest change, as you can easily see that the DS4 is still basically the same as previous iterations of the Dualshock. Sony would have been stupid to throw away a design that works, so they worked around that design to bring something new while retaining the familiar.

Geez, the whiners have been rampant. From no name people like this, to Major Nelson. People just really love to hate on Sony don't they? Oh well, it's not going to end any time soon.
coolasj  +   579d ago
The article literally didn't say anything except for words. Words that had nothing to do with anything. It says Sony perfected the controller in 1997 and that some people like the 360 controller better. Why change what has been perfected? Why retire an iconic device except for " Just cause " ? The article seemed like an exercise in trying to say as little as possible using the most words.
Bathyj  +   579d ago
I would have died a little inside if they went a total overhaul.

I like that theyve simply refined it.
MeatAbstract  +   579d ago
Nah the controller is fine. Small changes are good but the DuelShock has always been a fine controller. I just hope the triggers are improved.
-Falaut-  +   579d ago
I'm just gonna rate.
specialguest  +   579d ago
I like the DS4. It appears to be more ergonomic and improved on the things I wanted like R2&L2 triggers and has ridges on the analog sticks to help prevent my thumb from slipping down. In addition, there are new features added.
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StrongMan  +   579d ago
Let the jealousy begin!
Shacojin  +   579d ago
Nope Dualshock 4 looks great to me! No Sony fuck up there
izumo_lee  +   579d ago
Been watching some of those interviews with developers on various game sites & from what they say the controller is a great improvement over the DS3. Some have said that the touchpad will be a hidden gem that developers can use to their advantage.

Watch the after show of the Gametrailers feed & Geoff Keighley interviews a few developers. The guy from Epic was raving about the system & what the controller can do.

Haters are gonna hate no matter what Sony does & that is normal in this day in age. There is no convincing some people that there is good there.

Just remember what Yoda has said.....'Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering'. And judging by some reactions there is a lot of fear.
clintagious650  +   579d ago
No u should retire being a journalist lol. The ps4 controller is just the way i like it.
ducimus118  +   579d ago
They need to innovate the input devices, along with the outputs down the road (ie: google glass, augmented reality, etc).

A step in the right direction could entail using the dual shock/xbox controller along with the PS eye/Kinect/camera in order to track the user's eye or body movements.

As several of you have highlighted, there has been little to no innovation since the 6th generation, other than the gimmicky screen on the front.
Hicken  +   579d ago
What would have been needed? They added what they felt was needed, made a misstep here or there, but kept the core design, which was brilliantly made more than fifteen years ago.

There's been little need for changes; when they HAVE BEEN needed, they've been made.

As for the rest of that stuff, it's the same way: if there's a need for something like Oculus Rift, then it'll likely be supported. For all we know, the PS4 is already capable of that, and is simply waiting for that tech to be viable.
NateCole  +   579d ago
And go with what?. Wtf?. This is the best dualshock yet.
jalen247  +   579d ago
Looks great. The Dualshock 4 has everything that I could have hoped for.
contradictory  +   579d ago
no thanks
i'm glad they aren't changing the controller
well they are kind of but not dramatically
Studio-YaMi  +   578d ago
It's a controller fit for the core audience,I am satisfied by it :D !
stragomccloud  +   579d ago
I disagree. They finally made it right this time.
Don't get me wrong, I love the classic feel, but it really didn't have anything on the 360/Wii pro controller/Gamecube controllers ergonomics. That and the L2/R2 buttons were terrible. I bought pieces to go on those to solve that issue though.

That said, this looks like one heck of a cool controller. I'm really glad the stuck a speaker in it like Nintendo did with the Wii/Wii U controller, there was always something cool about receiving transmissions through the Wii remote or gamepad. Added that extra layer of surround sound.

Well, looks like the PS4 will finally be retiring my PS3's function as awesome gaming device/blu ray player/main media hub.

Wow... I sure got off of topic here.

On topic...
This writer seems waaaaaaaaaay to resistant to change.
After all, accelerometers and such have their uses. Whether he likes them or not is purely subjective. I welcome change with open arms. If we don't try new things we become stagnant.
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tweet75  +   579d ago
the dualshock controller shape, button placement and size make it the perfect controller its why i prefer sony over microsoft i like what the xbox does but never been as comfortable with that controller. I am glad sony made this decision. With remote play you can use the vita as the tablet controller if you so choose
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Gimmemorebubblez  +   579d ago
If its not broke dont fix it.
xBigxBossx  +   579d ago
You shut your whore mouth. The dualshock is a saint!
Raider69  +   579d ago
This controler is a joy for gamers!It evolves and prefects everything from the DS3 including the input lag and dead zone,better rumble,and im really liking that the shape is more equal to the 360 controler in terms of the hand grip space provided.I really hope that the battery endures atleast the same amount of time than the pro controler from nintendo 70+hours that would make it the ultra overkill controler for all ocasions.
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