Here’s an Uncomfortably Close Comparison Between the PS4′s DualShock 4 and the Xbox One Controller

With the outset of the new generation, the battle between the PS4 and the Xbox One camps has never been this harsh, but for once, let’s give a look to the two consoles, or at least their controllers, set into a loving platform-bridging embrace.

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tdogchristy901654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

From what I can see in the photos, the shape, length, and thickness/roundness of the handle portion is very similar. As someone who is switching to ps4 I'm happy to see such a similarity to my usual 360 control in the hand holding department. Anyone else see what I'm seeing there?

Abriael1654d ago

Yeah, they're more similar than one would think in general shape.

AgentSmithPS41654d ago

When viewed from the right angle one looks like a kid's toy and the other like an adult toy ;).

guitarded771654d ago

I have a DS4 and an XBOX 360 controller. I think people migrating from 360 to PS4 will be happy with the DS4 controller. The triggers are like 360 triggers in feel, but wider and even more comfortable. The main grips are much bigger than the DS3's, and feel great for long play periods. However, my two gripes for the DS4 are I wished they had cut away a little more where player's index fingertips rest, and I do kinda miss the "start" and "select" buttons after all these years. Trivial things, but that's my opinion.

tanis_halfelven1654d ago

DS4 is much sleeker looking imo. the 6 days until i get my hands on one will feel like an eternity

inveni01654d ago

Yeah, the PS4 controller is sooo similar to the 360 controller that I find myself sometimes reaching up for the left thumbstick.

Jeedai Infidel1654d ago

AgentSmithPS4, that's what all the rumble is for ;)

minimur121653d ago

I prefer the matte plastic rather than the shiny one, dunno why.

mikeslemonade1653d ago (Edited 1653d ago )

Matte finish in black is better looking. The glossy look looks better on lighter colors like white.


I rest my index fingers on the triggers when I play since most games the triggers are used for more twitch and primary movements.

If you are familiar with the 360 games they usually make the triggers the primary buttons and the bumpers are secondary. However on PS3 the R1 and R2 buttons evenly distributed between games.

Because the triggers are better this time around for PS4 then the triggers will be used a lot more in games. And could those triggers on the PS4 be the most realistic "trigger" to a gun too any console to date!?

UltimateMaster1653d ago

Fanboys will still disagree! lol.

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Snookies121654d ago

Quite similar indeed. I'm cool with it, looks like a great controller shape overall for both. I can't fully judge until I've handled both myself though.

Abriael1654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

I did. Though I have to say they "feel" quite different. It's not even the position of the sticks. I've become a natural at switching by now lol. I believe it's more a matter of materials though, more than shape.

Lwhit61654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

I have handled both myself and I can honestly say that the DS4 destroys the 360 controller. It lays naturally in your hands and the buttons are crisp and the triggers and sticks are silky smooth.
Another thing I noticed is when you pull any trigger or push any button, your hands (my hands are large) are situated in a position perfectly to counterbalance or counteract the pressure securing the controllers position and preventing it from moving when force is applied to the button.

The way you grip the DS4 also leaves your whole thumb free allowing for greater range of motion (more comfortable range of motion too).
LOVED the controller. (Played with it on my PC for a week before returning it)

DOMination-1653d ago

Why did you return it if it was so great? Did the sticks break?

moparful991654d ago

The Dualshock 4 has a very natural feel to it. It's definitely the best controller Sony has ever made from a tactile perspective.

Abriael1654d ago

Agreed, and the material of the bottom really feel awesome. It's grippy but feels really really pleasant.

Boody-Bandit1654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

I have a DS4. Been using it the past week on my PS3 and PC. It feels a lot different now with the widen grips, material on the back and around the grips, thumb sticks are shorter, have more tension and concaved design feels so much better. The triggers are fantastic as well.

Overall I'm very impressed with the DS4. Sony knocked it out of the park with these changes. I can't wait to use it with an actual PS4 game.
5 days to go!

As far as MS controller to the DS4. I don't think you will miss a beat making the transition. I preferred the 360 controller to the DS3. Now I prefer the DS4 over all the others.

Nodoze1654d ago

You can use DS4 with PS3??

Yo Mama1654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

Yes, you sure can. Some games controls may not be supported 100%, though most are.

andibandit1653d ago

Subjective, true, subjective, subjective, subjective and subjective

N81654d ago

You can buy the ps4 controller now. I love it.

RyuCloudStrife1654d ago

I like that PS4 has more curves for the handles xbox controller looks flat

Trekster_Gamer1654d ago

The Xb1 controller is more comfortable, better designed, more features and beats the ps4 in just about every way!

Boody-Bandit1654d ago

Subjective, subjective, factually incorrect, subjective.

ratchet4261654d ago

Your personal opinion on comfort and design aside, how does the X1 controller have "more features" than the DS4? What features specifically does it have over the DS4, because I count the touchpad and share button as two features the X1 controller lacks.

n4rc1654d ago

Off the top of my head.. WiFi direct and rumble in the triggers.

ziggurcat1653d ago


how does a controller beat an entire system?

fanboy delusions at its best.

majedx91653d ago

More features?? What ..AAA batt?

Baka-akaB1653d ago (Edited 1653d ago )

Wifi direct is not a pad feature in the way we usually mean ... it's just another way for the console of using the controller wireless . Wifi direct will be a real avantage for other things ... but lt's not pretend it's something magical for our current and future pads

Other than that it's touch/share combo vs trigger rumble . Both should just have add all three imo , but that's life

Playstationologist1653d ago

Damn son, you getting your bubbles assassinated

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caperjim1654d ago

You wont be disappointed with the DS4 controller. I use to hate the Sony controller. It was too small and the sticks sucked. I've been using the DS4 gamepad for a week and love it! It feels natural like there is nothing in your hands.

Mosiac771654d ago

I got the DS4 And I'm in love with it. I hope the xbox one controller is as good. To tell you the truth I think the xbox one controller's triggers seems cheaply made, but I hope I'm wrong.

Tzuno1653d ago (Edited 1653d ago )

well in the end they realized that the ms one is the best and they designed their close to the ms one.

boneso821653d ago

What about the people switching from a DS3 to Xbox controller... Oh, wait...

Visiblemarc1653d ago

One major improvement in the triggers of the DS4, right away, is that while they have a better curvature, like the 360, they also have more width and comfort. They avoid that thing where the 360 triggers can kind of pinch your skin in the space between the trigger and the body opening of the controller. Not sure if they fixed this for xb1.

r1sh121653d ago

yea.. I reckon whats actually happened here, is both MS and Sony have seen what gamers like about the controllers - tried to emulate that without infringing patents hence the similarity in looks.
Whats on the inside is another story.

I do really like the look of the xbox controller though (Excluding the AAA battery nonsense).

theDivision1653d ago

As someone who is also switching from 360 to PS4 I also agree am glad to know the feel will be similar. I also am excited to see what can be done with the touchpad.

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moparful991654d ago

Both look to be very well made and designed controllers.. I had the luxury of holding a new Dualshock 4 this week and I must say it felt incredible. Cannot wait to use one during actual gameplay.

Haven't held an X1 controller yet so no opinion there.

Kayant1654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

Wow I never realised the triggers on the XB1 controller were so chunky & wide i don't know if I would like that personally. Also I think I would prefer the textured grip on the DS4's back.

Anyways hope to try both of them out sometime to fully judge them. Both look incredible and great improvements over their predecessors.

GarrusVakarian1654d ago

I never noticed that either....why the F are the X1 triggers shaped so weird? Its like they are the same as the 360 shape but with a slope going outward from the part you press. Doesn't look comfortable at all.

Abriael1654d ago

It's the fact that they have rumble motors inside. I think they're already as miniaturized as it's humanly possible. They do feel good though, lots of space to grip.

What I don't like much, on the other hand, are the bumpers.

ZBlacktt1654d ago

DS4 is a complete and total overhaul. So it will be a whole new experience for the gamers. I loved everything about it when I used it.

rezzah1654d ago

I like the design of the shoulder buttons on the DS4 over the Xbox1 controller.

I can't really perceive the amount of control for both analogs but the design of the edges for the xbox1 controller is better. Gives a better grip for edge pushing.