Submitted by Sandmano 915d ago | article

How do the Xbox One and PS4 controllers stack up?

Now that both Sony and Microsoft have had coming out events for their next-gen consoles, the public finally has a real understanding of what we’ll be holding for the next few years. Neither controller is extraordinarily different from the current generation, but they both have refined and tweaked core features to offer what is hopefully a better gaming experience. So, how do they stack up? (PS4, Tag Invalid, Xbox One)

Abash  +   915d ago
Im liking the DualShock 4 the most
darthv72  +   915d ago
both are improvements
on already great controllers.

what i am most curious about is why is there what looks like a USB port on the xb1 controller? I know the unit can use regular batteries but is it a charging port if you use rechargeable batteries?

I can see it as a linking port if you plug the controller into a PC as well.
Cam977  +   915d ago
Nope, PS4 is the best. Just look how sleek it looks, I've heard VERY positive remarks about it.
iGAM3R-VIII  +   915d ago
I will have to wait until E3 to get a true feel for the controller but for now the DS4 because it has had the most changes and most improved features. It also has a touchpad for a bonus
sikbeta  +   915d ago
The Damned triggers on the new Xbox Controller = godly!
thorstein  +   915d ago
Wait... batteries? What? No. The new Xbox controller doesn't use batteries. Does it? It is 2013. Are you sure?
darthv72  +   915d ago
yeah...I know..."batteries" but from the most general basic understanding of things.

It does not matter if they are ni-cad, ni-mh, lithium or alkaline, a battery is still a battery.

What does matter is the convenience and the usb port on the xb1 controller looks like it can be used for charging as well as connectivity.
HammadTheBeast  +   915d ago
Question: What are the 40 improvements to the Xbox One controller? I literally see the same design with a couple enhancements, I don't even knows what "Impulse Triggers" are...
Autodidactdystopia  +   915d ago
Well I do like the impulse triggers.

Must be a separate department handles the controllers haha.

No but in all seriousness this is like a great Idea I have always thought that when playing like when I hit the right burm why doesn't the right jiggle I think the new controller is just great, both ps4 and ONE too bad that's where Microsoft put ALL their good ideas this time around.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   915d ago
My source was right on the new xbox controller about the rumble in the triggers! But it looks like they scrapped the idea of having a screen on it like he said.

7:28 of this video they talk about how they got rid of the touch screen... My source would of been completely right. SO IN YOUR FACES TO ALL OF YOU WHO DISSED ME AND SAID I WAS FULL OF IT! HERE ARE YOU RUMBLE TRIGGER BUTTONS!!!!! I WAS RIGHT!


remember, 7:28 of vid talks about scrapping the screen... I would of been DOUBLE right.
HammadTheBeast  +   915d ago
So your source told you a "rumor about a rumor about a rumor".

Very credible, if only we'd listened to you before.
cleverusername  +   915d ago
Someone needs a hug!!
adorie  +   915d ago
I really like the Xbone controller. I'm going to get one for PC-use. DS4 is a given, since I am intending to purchase a PS4.
3-4-5  +   915d ago
360 controller is the best ever in terms of responsiveness, and Dual shock is among the worst.

* The new PS4 actually looks to have fixed that, the DS controller of PS3 was so floaty and made playing games almost a chore compared to xbox 360...I'm sure most of you got used to it though.

* XB1 controller didn't change much which I love.

Answer: PS4's controller caught up to XB1's and is almost as good in design and maybe better with the share button.

I still need to play a game with both though:

Preferably Fifa & any FPS just to see how responsive it is.
Mr_Nuts  +   915d ago
The Dualshock has variety for games which have different genres while the 360 controller only is better with FPS and sometimes driving games.

No one had a problem with the Dualshock before the 360 came out and it's been pretty much the same since the first dualshock. It's only now your seeing a change because for some reason your getting this "It's only good for people with small hands".
thorstein  +   915d ago
Troll harder please. All of the "floaty" videos were debunked in 2006. Even did one myself, the responses were fun. Can't you xbots come up with something new? I mean, it is constantly the same claims that have been debunked years ago.

The only argument you have left goes something like GearsOW, Halo, Halo, Gears, Fable, Cross Game Chat. XBLA.

Get over it.
Sandmano  +   915d ago
I have always liked the xbox controller when playing FPS's but the dualshock is the best with fighting and sports games, also the dualshock 4 looks really comfortable so I think its performance with FPS's will be much better next gen.
PSVita  +   915d ago
Loving the DS4. The light bar, built-in speaker and touch pad are great additions.
VonBraunschweigg  +   915d ago
Yup, and they're not in the way, plus they add some weight. I still have 2 original black sixaxis controllers, hold-em against the light and see right through them.

Start selling DS4's already, I'll buy the console later.
Cryptcuzz  +   915d ago
Yup that is true, I would also add in the fact that it has rechargeable lithium batteries. Also, someone with hands on said there is something awesome that is done aesthetically that has not been shown yet as well on the DualShock 4.
teflontactics  +   915d ago
Good feature idea, though I think I'll always prefer the analog style of the Dualshock over the XBox's staggered sticks.
3-4-5  +   915d ago
Saggered sticks are more natural.

Your thumb movement is different on left & right stick.

Left - is more forward and back

Right - side to side but to go up and down you are really moving your thumb sideways.

For prolonged uses...the xbox layout is more comfortable. For some reason moving around using a forward push with my thumb as opposed to a side push, is just easier to use and feels more natural.

DS sticks were too floaty and seemed cheap.

PS4 controller pretty much added xbox 360 sticks and changed the trigger. Both Good moves.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   915d ago
A man's thumbs are in the same place on each hand. A man wants his sticks in the same place as well. Nintendo gets it. Sony gets it. MS refuses to get it.
Relientk77  +   915d ago
I am really loving the design of the DualShock 4, very excited for it
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Jek_Porkins  +   915d ago
I already thought the Xbox 360 controller was the best, the only thing it needed was a better D-pad, glad they checked that off the list. It just looks right, cant wait to play some Halo or COD with it.

I can finally play some fighting games on an Xbox console! A controller designed by gamer's, for gamer's.
Why o why  +   915d ago
Have you used the dpad already...I always thought you were an employee.....guess that confirms it then unless your projecting its ticked off your list because they said its improved....take your pick

Both pads are good. It's a straight ryu vs ken situation....preference

(You wont be needing that dpad to switch channels dude;)
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Jek_Porkins  +   915d ago
Just take your pick of people talking about it, IGN, Rev3, Gamespot, they all say it's an amazing controller that fixed the issues with the D-pad.

It clicks when you use it, so yea.

Switching channels with it would be nice, but I'm more interested in playing games with it!
COD Ghosts, Destiny, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, Witcher 3, Forza 5, Quantum Break, or any of the other games they announce at E3!
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stage88  +   915d ago

Amazing is too stronger word. Better is more suited.

Anyway I think the dualshock 4 is perfection. Not interested in whatever the xbones controller is.
BoNeSaW23  +   915d ago
First, you say seeing the console was "Huge!" and now it's controller is "Amazing!" and now you can't wait to change channels?

Oh and you won't have to worry about games. You'll be to busy watching TV and sports to worry about gaming.
Jek_Porkins  +   915d ago
Well I'm sure all the launch games and games in the first year will give me plenty to do. It isn't every day that 15 exclusives and 8 new IP are announced for the first year of a console, traditionally console launches are pretty bare.

Also obviously looking forward to the likes of Destiny, Watch Dogs, Assassins Creed 4, Madden 25 and Witcher 3.
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negative  +   915d ago
The staggered Xbox sticks have always felt more natural. The DS3 was always too small. I thought Sony would have learned with the sticks but I guess old habits die hard.
psyxon  +   915d ago
they did learn. they learned to keep good ideas and features in their overall design philosophies, unlike microsoft.
Virtual_Reality  +   915d ago
DS4 is bigger than DS3 if you didn't notice. It will have a better grip for bigger hands without being so big for small hands.

And the triggers are concave now.

The thumbsticks have this new design to avoid the slip with the fingers when you move them and better grip.

With DS3, the thumbsticks have a convex design.

They fixed if not improved the controller with no requirements of AA batteries.

Now, tell me what is wrong with the DS4 controller after the details that I mention you.
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Why o why  +   915d ago
It has sonys name on it.....im joking....nah, nah, im not:)
urwifeminder  +   915d ago
I think if you stacked them you would maybe get to four then they would fall over unless your Dynamo.
Qrphe  +   915d ago
The X1 controller looks prettier but I doubt it'll have more analog stick precision, just like the DS3 was more precise than the 360's.
turnerdc  +   915d ago
I've always preferred the Xbox controller. That's not to say the Dual Shock controller is bad, it's actually a great controller. For me the Xbox controllers have always felt better in the hand...well at least everything after the Duke! I'm liking the Xbox One controller more. The PS4 controller still looks good although I'm weary as to if the touch pad, speaker, and light bar will actually be used effectively in games. I'm also curious as to how they stack up in price and if the addition of the light bar, touch pad, and speaker will dramatically increase the price of the Dual Shock.
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McScroggz  +   915d ago
Valid concern. Doesn't the Xbox One's controller have some way to recognize the user? If true I imagine that would drive the price up as well.
turnerdc  +   915d ago
It has an IR sensor. That along with the Kinect allows it to recognize which controller belongs to which user. IR sensors are nothing new though and very cheap. The only other addition it has is the extra rumble motors in the triggers so I don't expect the price to go up much (if at all). The additions to the PS4 controller are much more significant which is why I'm more curious about it's price.
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oof46  +   915d ago
Still need to learn more about the rumblings sticks and triggers for the Xbox One controller.

But I love the little changes they made for the DS4. Hopefully, they made the sticks more sensitive, as there was a little dead area around the center.
golding89  +   915d ago
the curve of the Xbox 360 controller always felt more comfortable. I think Microsoft perfected what was already a great controller.

I don't really like the Xbox one console look but controller wise, Xbox one controller hands down for me.
ape007  +   915d ago
both look amazing
oof46  +   915d ago
Only on n4g can you get the same amount of agrees and disagrees for complimenting both sides.
GARBAGE LICKER  +   915d ago
PS4 fixed the triggers and Xbox fixed the dpad...win win
Brazz  +   915d ago
I will take the two. Like DS3 and 360 controller, why can't i like DS4 and X1 controller at the same time?
McScroggz  +   915d ago
Both look pretty awesome. I'd have to actually try out the D-Pad on the XBO controller and triggers on the DualShock 4, but they seem to be improved. I've said this before, but while I feel the Xbox 360 controller is the best controller to date I just prefer the DualShock 3.

That being said, the XBO controller looks pretty sexy, and I love the impulse triggers! I've always hated custom controllers, but I'd love to have the DualShock 4 with those smexy analog sticks from the XBO controller.
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maniacmayhem  +   915d ago
Love the new X1 controller and with the improved d-pad and the force feedback triggers it is definitely the best for gaming.

I've always had a problem when using the duelshock I keep accidentally hitting the left thumbstick especially when I play fighting games. Not to mention performing moves on that d-pad is hellish. Not as bad as the 360 but just as terrible.
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McScroggz  +   915d ago
The DualShock 3's D-Pad is miles better than the Xbox 360. Don't know what you're complaining about.
maniacmayhem  +   915d ago
I just told you what i'm complaining about.
Hicken  +   915d ago
Sounds like you're just a sloppy player.

Don't really see how you could have better results- especially speaking of fighting games- using the 360 controller when that d-pad was notoriously horrible.

And what the hell is "not as bad but just as terrible?"
maniacmayhem  +   915d ago
The d-pad was terrible on the 360, the d-pad was bad on the ps3.

There, fixed.

Me a sloppy player? Lmao, if you only knew my young padawan.
Locksus  +   915d ago
I've always preferred the 360 controller because I have big hands, so it fits in my hands much better.
The Dualshock controllers are great, too.
Supermax  +   915d ago
I like the innovation in the dual shock but also like the zen controller as well for shooters
Infamous2  +   915d ago
I have to say just by looks Xbox1 controller looks better but PS4 controller have more of an overall update like the analog sticks,touch pad and triggers then the Xbox1 controller.
RE4PER-DE4TH  +   915d ago
The new Xbox controller looks great. Can't really complain, be nice if they found a way to put personal storage into them so that each controller had its own memory and just by registering it to a friend's console you could bring your games and saves.

titletownrelo  +   915d ago
"Select button rarely used and won't be missed..."
Excuse me but, how the hell am I supposed to spot guys in BF4 with the select button being replaced with a share button????
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Leonex  +   915d ago
One word.....SHARE. ...

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