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It's another controller, and a charging thing.
on December 6, 2014
Boo! No, not like a ghost, like "boo, I've already had to replace 2 of these". One was my day one, if there is a difference besides it's ink.
The controller itself is just OK, and I like that it feels less alien compared to the 360, than the PS4 controllers do with the PS3 (not sure where an "options" button came from, why it was placed in such an awkward place, and why it's so small - also happy there is no "share" button. However, the replaceable battery, which the PS4 (nor PS3) have is, in hind sight, suspect to the longevity of the controller itself. Dead Rising will have you shaking the darn thing to ward zombies off, all the while you can feel the batteries bouncing around. I'm not sure that directly contributed to the fall of my other two (as both suffered from broken left sticks - like one was making a clicking sound and getting stuff periodically, the other wouldn't stop with the turning). Microsoft said it was an exception (two really), and that might be true. It was a cost of shipping only fix, and I had bought a third controller for the meanwhile, so all in all, if they last as long as my original 360 controller (which I am still using to this day), I'd be happy.
The connector to charge is *not exactly right*. I'm not sure what it is, but I have to fidget too much with it to get it connected.
The One has lots of controller related issues. A periodical disconnect (for a fraction of a second) issue, that they are blaming on interference from other devices, though my PS4, 3, and 360 seem to work flawlessly. The down direction on the left stick seems to be overly sensitive in menus, as I keep wondering down lists in Netflix and their shopping app. Sometimes the controller seems to cache for a few seconds, which throws everything into a tizzy - you'll end up pressing too many buttons to over compensate. The after-thought low battery indicator is not very accurate; It's more a "I think I'm low... NAH! Keep playing, and... DEAD!"
Ultimately, like with most form-factors, we really don't have a choice in controller. If you need another one, here you go. And besides the "exceptional" failures, I think the issues are probably with the OS itself (perhaps the OS is also the thing interfering with wireless signal). So this review would only really matter if there are solid other alternatives, and they don't end up suffering from the issues I've seen.