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- The feel, shape, and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control, no matter what you play.
- The new multi-touch and clickable touch pad on the face of the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller opens up worlds of new gameplay possibilities for both newcomers and veteran gamers.
- The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, putting several new audio options in the player's hands.
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The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features familiar controls, and incorporates several innovative features to usher in a new era of interactive experiences. Its definitive analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved for greater feel and sensitivity. A multi-touch, clickable touch pad expands gameplay possibilities, while the incorporated light bar in conjunction with the PlayStation Camera allows for easy player identification and screen adjustment when playing with friends in the same room. The addition of the Share button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation 4 as easy as the push of a button. The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller is more than a controller; it's your physical connection to a new era of gaming.
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Update: 12/4/17 This controller still functions as if it were new, even with heavy use which includes me dropping it on multiple occasions. It has outlasted three gen 1 controllers.
Now, with that said, this controller felt amazing. That is why I am so disappointed. The thumbsticks felt more rugged and grippy. The R2/L2 triggers felts much more springy. It felt perfect. But PC users beware.
All in all, if you are planning to only use this for PS4, go for it. But PC users should beware that it may not work for you. At all.
1) Using usb to micro usb cable. Most of the cable ( I had like 6 micro usb to usb cable tested. They are identical to me) doesn't work. Some works but need to be held down. This is bad enough. Now. I thought maybe I can switch to wireless connection of bluetooth like it promoted. Bought a bluethoom 4.0 usb adapter. Still not working. Takes maybe 10 mins to find the device, when I hit connect in PC setting, it saying there is no response. Tested on my another blue tooth headphone. Works just fine. I am absolutely frustrated. This is my first time buying a contoller. I would probably never buy this one again. Spend almost $70 for cables and wireless adapter for nothing. I even spend extra bucks to get adapter to deliver faster and hoping it's wireless connection can be used and it just kept getting more frustrated. Wouldn't recommended this product
Other than that VERY NICE controllers! Well worth it
KELUX Thumb Grips 10 Pack for PS4 Controllers (PlayStation 4)
Finally upgraded from my old PS2 controller that I've been using with an adapter for ~15 years now.
Right off the bat, here's the core objective problems with this controller:
1) It doesn't come with a cable.
Apparently if you're using a PS4, that's not a problem, because a PS4 comes with the cable(s) you need, or is native wireless. But if you're using it on PC, you're SOL and forced to buy your own micro-usb cable. Well, unless your motherboard came with some fancy bluetooth wireless adapter (or you bought one as an add-in card, you loony), but then you're using wireless and have to deal with all its problems, along with needing to charge the built-in battery. Basically, you need a cable no matter what.
2) Notice I said micro-USB.
Why on earth did they use a Micro-USB connector? It's well known for its terrible reliability, and it shows its ugly head quick.
I bought 2 different cables to use with this. One was a shorter, high quality charging cable, fairly thick, the other was a longer cheaper generic cable, fairly thin. Both usable for generic USB devices regardless.
In 2 weeks they both started having loose connections with the gamepad. I'm talking barely any movement and it'll lose connection repeatedly, multiple times a second.
The connector, ontop of being micro-usb, is also designed in such an asinine way. There's a cut out for the connector so the housing actually fits, but there's also a piece of plastic housing that juts out surrounding the internal connector. This plastic meets with the housing on the cable connector, stopping it from fully inserting. This alone is mainly why it's extremely loose and wobbles very easily.
The amount of frustration this has caused is immense. You can't move the controller while using it or else whoops, connection lost. The only fix I found is to BUY A NEW CABLE for it to last a few weeks before the metal becomes loose enough for it to wobble and have the same problem crop up again and again.
For this reason alone, I can't recommend it. It is a huge design flaw in my eyes, and Sony should have a class action lawsuit on their hands about it. I'm baffled as to how there hasn't been a huge ruckus about this.
With that out of the way, let's move on to my opinions about it.
Things from a person standpoint I hate:
1) The L2 and R2 buttons turned into triggers.
As someone who's been used to buttons being buttons on controllers for 30 years, this is an atrocious design decision. There's not a single game I've played which uses "triggers" for any meaningful purpose, they're just L2 and R2, like they've been since the PS1.
The trigger sensitivity results in accidental activation with the slightest touch; even just holding the controller with your fingers on the shoulder buttons will result in them triggering. Additionally, because they're resistive triggers, you have to forcefully hold them down when you want to press the button, resulting in fatigue. I actually suffer pain after a while of playing games with this controller solely due to the constant force required to press these triggers.
It took months to start to get used to it (along with configuration to add a 35% deadzone), and I still hate it as much as the day I first used it.
Oh, and some games see them as an axis with their resting point as -50 and fully pressed as +50 and as a result the DS4 pad is unusable in numerous titles. Even just having it plugged in in certain controller aware games will result in the camera or mouse moving up and to the left at all times unless you hold both triggers at their center point. Utterly unusable.
2) The touchpad.
The start and select buttons went from being in the center as soft, easy to press buttons to being spaced off to the sides, out of any sort of comfortable reach, and turned into RECESSED MICRO-CLICK BUTTONS THAT ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PRESS.
Every controller I've ever used for any platform has had the start/select buttons in the center of it. Not this thing; the touchpad is there. The utterly useless touchpad which controls your mouse cursor.. which we have a MOUSE for.
Any sort of light touch on this thing will register, causing the cursor or camera whatever else to move around, inciting frustration. The pad also doubles as buttons if you press down on them; 2 different ones.. basically a gigantic start and select button.
It's pointless garbage, and was one of the first thing I had to disable, along with converting the touchpad 'buttons' into start/select.
3) You need the DS4Windows tool to get it working properly, which emulates an XBOX 360 controller. Sony said it had native PC support. Sure, if you consider the 1% of games that properly detect it as 'support'.
Steam's controller stuff could work too, but I never bothered with it, since DS4Windows is a lot more powerful and works on every application, not just Steam games. It's a lot better than the old x360ce we've (DINPUT controller users) been forced to use, and you can even turn off the stupid light bar with it.
4) The light bar is always on.
Yeah, I just mentioned it, but the light bar is bright and always on unless you use a third party tool to disable it. There are zero settings for it in Windows' built in controller settings. Apparently it wasn't even possible to configure on the PS4 either until recently, but you still can't disable it there. Baffling.
5) The analog sticks feel shorter and stiffer than the PS2 pad. Maybe it's just my 10 years of wear, but I find it a bit more difficult to control these analog sticks. They seem to be a bit 'sticky', especially when you try to move them from their resting position, where they won't move until you put enough pressure to make them pop out and start moving. It's small, but it's a problem. Thought about buying those accuracy extender things, but haven't wanted to waste yet more money on this controller.
If I didn't have to deal with the adapter for my PS2 controller.. and if it wasn't 10+ years old and in need of replacement, I'd still be using it over Sony's updated DS3/4 design. The old DS2 controller was superior to me, especially the L2/R2 actually being buttons. I don't like this, but I'm forced to use it because of aging technology and well, old stuff not being in production anymore. I'd still use it over a 360 style pad any day though.. those things are atrocious in their layout.