The accent is a $30 addition to your current controller, which circles impulse-buy territory. However what does this peripheral’s peripheral do?

It plugs into the DualShock four by way of the three.5mm headphone port — there is a headphone port on the again button attachment, so it will nonetheless work with headsets and PSVR — and works straight off the bat.


The built-in OLED display screen sounds extra spectacular than it’s — only a monochrome read-out the place you possibly can inform which buttons are mapped. Press down on it to mild up present settings, press it once more to cycle to the subsequent button profile (you possibly can have as much as three) and long-press it to reassign keys.

Why embody an OLED show on this factor because it tries to meet up with SCUF controllers or the Xbox’s well-regarded, however costly, Elite controller? There’s some methodology to the insanity. The inclusion implies that the DualShock four (plus peripheral) works with something it is already appropriate with, whether or not that is a PC or an Android cellphone. All of the ‘menus’ are there, built-in. That mentioned, I am unsure why Sony did not simply put it on the entrance. Yeah, you will not want to have a look at it a lot, however you have to to have a look at it sooner or later.


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The triggers themselves are delicate, with very shallow journey. They really feel way more premium than my current DS4 controller’s L1 / R1 keys, which did not take a lot beating. Now, is that this what we are able to count on from the PlayStation 5’s next-gen controller? Sony has already promised haptic suggestions on set off buttons — one thing that might level to extra elaborate set off keys. And if that is how they’ll really feel, I am enthusiastic about it. Sony can in all probability ditch the hulking OLED readout, although. There are extra elegant options, I am certain, for the DualShock 5.

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So which buttons are you going to remap? For lots of you, it will be the L3 and R3, AKA the worst buttons. Pushing down on an analogue stick in a pinch has been a recipe for catastrophe, resulting in melee assaults while you meant to dash, and sometimes imminent loss of life while you make a mistake. In a number of video games, holding L3 down has develop into the defacto dash button.

Video games that demand each fast reflexes and mixed inputs profit most from the brand new peripheral. In Overwatch, a extra delicate set off finger is a welcome addition, however I discovered that when utilizing each the 2 pairs of L and R buttons, along with the brand new triggers, my fingers would overlap. It is a bit cramped at instances.

One other recreation that advantages from some button flexibility is Sekiro. Not solely can I transfer with out being depending on the lock-on view, however I can soar and dodge with none finger visitors jams. It is why a passionate group of avid gamers swear by Steam’s controller. RIP.

With any form of controller change from inventory, I would like extra customization. The very best factor about third-party controllers has typically been the addition of turbo, the place holding a button down (or biking by way of an possibility) provided rapid-fire enter, far sooner than most mere mortals are able to. It is the right factor for smashing by way of RPG-mini video games or charging up ending strikes. I can perceive why it isn’t right here — it is dishonest — however I would have welcomed much more customization. Possibly multi-button enter, like one button replicating sq. and triangle on the similar time? It looks as if a missed alternative.

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One thing I can not take a look at as an able-bodied gamer is the accessibility issue, right here. For anybody that has points with positive hand management, the addition of huge paddles or transplanting any button to a extra easy-to-reach location, may very well be a literal game-changer. Microsoft has taken this notion and run with it a complete lot additional, but it surely’s good that Sony is making strikes on this route, even when it isn’t fairly on the scale of a completely new controller.

To its credit score, although, the Again Button makes for a comparatively low-cost improve, at $30. Compared, the SCUF Vantage 2, geared toward professional avid gamers, prices roughly $200. Should you’re a medium- to high-level gamer, Sony’s new peripheral is likely to be the right match. For the remainder of us, it is doubtless a style of the way forward for DualShock. The attachment goes on sale January 23rd, subsequent week.