PlayStation 4 is incorporating many new and exciting technologies into their line up so that they can improve player’s experiences. With these changes come many new types of hardware and software which is mostly internal to the console meaning that the user is not generally aware of it since they do not directly interact with it. For example, players may be aware that the PS4 runs smoother, but the fact that there is a more powerful processor inside of it means almost nothing to the average player.
This isn’t the case with accessories, as they are external and actually have some interaction with the player. One of the most questioned moves from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4 is whether or not the DualShock controllers from the old system would be able to move to the new system. Sadly, the answer to this question is no: The PlayStation 4 will not support the DualShock3 controllers.
The DualShock3 controller was released with the PlayStation 3 as the console’s dedicated controller. It resembled the original DualShock and DualShock2 controller with upgrades made to support the newer version of PlayStation, which at that time was PlayStation 3. Of course, this meant that at the time players had to purchase new controllers to go along with their newer machines and their old controllers were useless with the system.
This is different from when players made the jump from PlayStation to PlayStation 2. The DualShock and DualShock 2 controllers were fairly interchangeable with one another, with the only exception being one had a rumble feature which many games were beginning to utilize. However with the exception of a handful of games, the ability to use both original DualShock and DualShock 2 controllers was more of a bonus than a necessity, as most games could be played quite easily without the rumbling controller. This was convenient, because if a DualShock 2 controller ‘broke’ by accident, players could use an original DualShock controller from their previous PS1, and from there they were ready to play again.
But as technology has become more sophisticated, it is nearly impossible to port older hardware to the new consoles and expect the same functionality. Port sizes and shapes have changed as well, as has the overall connectivity between systems and controllers.
That’s not all that has changed for the DualShock brand, however. The DualShock4 is a seriously upgraded controller. It does more than just control the game. Although it has all the features that past controllers held and can certainly play a game just as well, it also has some new additions.
For starters, the start and select buttons are gone. Instead, there is a single options button that players will use. The triggers and joysticks have also been redesigned with developers input to help enhance gameplay. Also added to the controller, and perhaps a large sign of the times that we currently live in, Sony has elected to add a share button to the controller.
This will allow players to take screenshots and share what they are doing in live time with their friends. However, Sony has also revealed that developers will have the power to sort of block this function during game play if they choose. So developers can keep players from sharing secrets and pictures of key events if they so choose. Of course this will only stop leaks from happening via the share feature, I’m sure players will still flock to the internet to post whatever they deem noteworthy.
Of course it can be pointed out that Sony could have made the DualShock 3 compatible with the system if they had really wanted to but aside from saving a few dollars, would there have been any real benefit to the community? The DualShock 4 is clearly an improvement over the DualShock 3 which although a very good controller wasn’t perfect. It can be argued that gamers could probably go without the share button, after all, they’ve lasted this long without one. However, as the world becomes increasingly connected, it is small things like this that will more than likely come to matter.
So what do you, the readers think? Should Sony have put more time into developing a way for the DualShock 3 controller to work with the PlayStation 4 or do you bend more towards out with the old and in with the new?
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 10/20/2013
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