The Evolution of the PlayStation Controller

The PlayStation 5 controller has been unveiled. The DualSense looks remarkable, but how does it accumulate to what has come in the past?

The reveal of the PlayStation 5’s controller isn’t just a significant moment in the next-gen console war yet a substantial part of PlayStation background. Few functions have defined the PlayStation brand as high as its controllers. Sony has actually invested years developing the PlayStation controller as well as providing it a layout that’s quickly well-known to numerous players across the globe. You might identify a shape of the PlayStation controller as well as understand exactly what you’re considering.

Yet, there might be a few participants of the PlayStation controller household that you’re not familiar with. A lot more significantly, there might be aspects of the making of your favored PlayStation controller that you never ever recognized before.

So, in celebration of the reveal of the DualSense, allowed’s take a look at the proud, interesting, and often odd history of PlayStation controllers:

The Nintendo PlayStation Controller

The Nintendo PlayStation is arguably the most famous video game console that was never ever launched. It was supposed to be a Super NES/Super Famicom crossbreed with CD-ROM capabilities that would have represented the beginning of a collaboration between Sony and also Nintendo in the ’90s. However, when Nintendo wound up siding with Phillips for the development of Nintendo CD-ROM innovation, Sony was entrusted to around 200 Nintendo PlayStation prototypes and also the burning desire to seek the development of its own console under the PlayStation name.

While this specific controller is a debatable incorporation on this list (as you can see, it’s actually just a SNES controller), the look of the PlayStation name on the controller certainly makes it worth a reference. As we’ll soon see, the SNES controller layout may have also played a role in the growth of what would certainly come next.

As for the Nintendo PlayStation, an extremely rare working version of the model just recently sold at auction for $300,000 (closer to $400,00 with the buyer’s fee). Theoretically, 199 designs of the prototype are still around somewhere, but it’s not known if they’re in any type of well-known problem.

The Sixaxis

The Sixaxis derives its name from the suggestion of “6 axis” activity controls which were intended to offer this controller 6 degrees of motion freedom. As you may recognize, the PlayStation 3’s activity control capacities never truly entered fruition as the few video games that utilized them didn’t actually work that well. Sadly, that’s actually just the start of this controller’s issues.

Because of an ongoing suit, Sony couldn’t ship the PlayStation 3 controller with rumble capabilities. As a side-effect of that exclusion, the initial Sixaxis really felt especially lighter than other PlayStation controllers. Hilariously, previous Sony executive Phil Harrison when tried to dismiss the importance of rumble by stating that resonance was a last generation concept which movement controls were the future. A lot more on that particular later.

While the Sixaxis gained from that fundamental traditional PlayStation controller style as well as introduced some welcome developments (such as a rather limited wireless play setting, upgraded shoulder triggers, and also a jewel switch), its failed activity controls and lack of vibration modern technology burdened it with a questionable legacy.

The Sixaxis would certainly linger on in some areas after the launch of the PlayStation 3, but it would soon be replaced with a brand-new version.

The DualShock 3

To be truthful, the DualShock 3 isn’t that different from the Sixaxis outside of its roll functions and also a changed battery. Nevertheless, it’s still a vital part of PlayStation history.

At once when the PlayStation 3 was struggling after a rough launch, raised competition, and also a price deemed expensive, the DualShock 3 assisted Sony right the ship a bit. It was familiar, well-made, and also as it ends up, individuals actually did miss that roar attribute.

The DualShock 3 used security when Sony as well as PlayStation fans required it one of the most. It also cemented the power of the DualShock brand and verified that Sony had actually obtained its controller right numerous years back.

PlayStation Relocate

Before we proceed to the Custom PS4 controller, we’ve got to talk about a controller that not only stands as one of one of the most short-sighted layout principles in PlayStation background however is simply … unusual.

The PlayStation Move was Sony’s response to the Nintendo Wii. Well, technically, it was its 2nd response after the failures of the Sixaxis controller and the movement technology of the very same name. It slightly appeared like the Nintendo Wii controllers, but it included a few technical advancements as well as integration with the PlayStation Eye camera.

While this controller was actually properly designed wherefore it does, it stopped working to locate a substantial market. There simply weren’t that several beneficial video games that sustained the PlayStation Move, and Sony (like various other companies) massively overstated the charm of the movement control.

Most severe of all, the PlayStation Move was an instance of how Sony chased fads in an initiative to transform the online reputation of the PlayStation 3 about. As we’ll quickly see, such pursuits violated what has traditionally made PlayStation controllers so successful.

The DualShock 4

The struggles of the PlayStation 3 and also the controversial function to the bold suggestions of the Xbox One are two things that motivated Sony to keep points easy with the PlayStation 4, which was made to emphasize what had actually helped the band in the past.

No place is that focus much more noticeable than in the design of the DualShock 4. In several ways, it really carefully looks like previous DualShock controllers. The fundamental design of the DualShock just hasn’t altered that much since the very first variation released in 1997.

Yet, this specific controller features a range of enhancements that stand for whatever that Sony has actually found out over the years. Its L2 as well as R2 switches are extra obtainable as well as “trigger-like,” the controller take advantage of a Share button enhanced for the social media age, and it includes a touchpad that is sometimes helpful but is mainly made use of as a method to even more quickly access in-game menus.

The DualShock 4 includes some beautiful modifications, yet at the end of the day, it’s really just a tribute to the core ideas of the PlayStation controller and the staying power of this certain gaming advancement.