The next generation of consoles have been revealed, but which one is going to win over the majority of gamers?
For me, the controller is a big part of the gaming experience.
A good controller to me is one that gives you a good feel, enables you to have a nice flow when playing games and to access everything the console has to offer at ease.
I've always been a big fan of the 360 controller and Microsoft has, to my surprise succeeded in improving the look. I honestly didn't think it could get any better than the 360 controller. I love the new textures on the edge of the analog sticks, the improved triggers which will have a functionality to change the amount of pressure required to push down on them, the new integrated battery which gets rid of the bulk from the 360 controller, the improved d-pad which will give gamers much more ease to use and the overall look of the controller, which has really impressed me.
Sony has taken the Dualshock which many of us love and improved it even more. The new controller looks like it will have a great feel to it. The size has been improved from the Dualshock 3, the controller itself being wider, the triggers' improved and the handles longer to make it a controller that will feel great to hold. I'm also optimistic about the new touchpad, which could have good potential in not just games, but making the home screen interface a lot easier to use. This pad could enable gamers to scroll through the weapons or items they're carrying, use pinch and zoom for things like gun scoping and navigating around the home screen and swiping could allow players to do attacks a lot easier in games and, again, provide easy navigation on the home screen or in any game menu.
Another thing I like about the Dualshock 4 is the light bar which
will easily let us know who's controller is who's when playing multiplayer. Also, it was mentioned in the PS4 conference that the PS4 eye will have the ability to tell where the controllers are in the room and change the split-screens accordingly, which gets rid of the annoying "You're in my spot" situations.
The Dualshock 4 has a built-in microphone and headphone jack. This will be great for chatting to friends, and has the potential to be great for interacting with voice-required actions in games.
And Finally, PS4's controller has the 'share' button. This will allow gamers to take screenshots or in-game recordings and upload them to the Playstation community quickly and easily.
On looks, the Xbox One controller gets my vote. But overall, Sony's Dualshock 4 wins it for me. It has so many new features to offer gamers which will provide them with the best possible gaming experience.
What's your opinion on the new controllers? Please let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts.