PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Controller

Now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are both out and we have had ample time with each system, we can finally start answering that one burning question: which system is better?

However, the answer is far more complex than just listing a winner, as each system has its high points and low points. In a new PS4 Experts feature, we'll compare specific aspects of each system to each other in order to find out whether the PlayStation 4 reigns supreme or if the competition managed to one-up our beloved system.

In the first feature, we will compare one of the most important parts of any gaming system: the controller. Which controller will come out on top, the DualShock 4 or the Xbox One controller? Read on to find out!

The Feel Of The Controller
One of the first things any gamer notices when picking up a new controller is how the controller feels. PlayStation 3 gamers will remember the early SixAxis controllers for the PlayStation 3 and how they felt lightweight and cheap. We're proud to announce that this problem definitely doesn't affect the DualShock 4, as the controller has a hefty weight behind it. The controller also feels incredibly comfortable in your hands, thanks to the redesigned handles.

In comparison, while the Xbox One controller also feels comfortable in your hands, it doesn't feel quite as comfortable as the DualShock 4. It's hard to describe without actually holding both controllers in your hands, but the DualShock 4 definitely has a comfort level that the Xbox One controller fails to reach.

The Feel Of The Buttons
PS4 vs. Xbox One: The ControllerThe DualShock 4 has featured a number of improvements over the DualShock 3, especially in the buttons and sticks department. For starters, the analog sticks are now conclave, featuring circular ridges so that your fingers don't slip off the sticks. The triggers as well have seen improvements in their design, making it easier to grip and use them. The triggers are responsive and smooth, not like the DualShock 3 triggers which felt poorly designed and had a "clicky" feel to them. The Start and Select buttons have been replaced with the Share and Options buttons -- these buttons are easily labeled so any newcomer can figure out how to use them. The touchpad is responsive and non-intrusive, and the directional pad is the same brilliant design we've seen from Sony in the past. The DualShock 4 fixes the problems of the DualShock 3 while keeping all the best parts -- a winning combination.

The Xbox One controller, on the other hand, falters a bit in the buttons department. Sure, the directional pad is a huge improvement, mimicking the design of the DualShock 3 and 4. The analog sticks feature the same design as the DualShock 4, but the problem lies elsewhere: the triggers and the new buttons.

Playstation 4 vs. Xbox One The ControllerThe Xbox One's triggers, namely the LB and RB triggers, feel stiff and clicky, a far cry from the smooth, responsive triggers of the DualShock 4. But the main problem lies in the Xbox One's new buttons, represented by icons of three straight lines and two windows. While the three straight lines is obviously an Options button, it's still unclear what exactly the button with the two windows is supposed to represent. It's function changes depending on the app or game you're playing and at the end of the day, both new buttons are confusing. The DualShock 4's buttons feel great and are well laid out, so the DualShock 4 takes this round again.

The Feel Of The Charge
One of the most disappointing things about unboxing my Xbox One was noticing the batteries in the box, indicating to me that the controller was once again stuck in the past when it came to wireless technology. The concept of a battery powered wireless controller was barely acceptable during the last generation, but seeing it brought forward to the Xbox One screams "money grab" on Microsoft's part. Naturally, you can purchase a "Play and Charge Kit" for $24.99 to do away with batteries forever, but shouldn't this sort of thing be standard and not an add-on?

The DualShock 4, much like the DualShock 3, doesn't use batteries and provides a charging cable that connects to either the PS4 or your PC to charge the controller. The DualShock 4 holds a lengthy charge, as well. Sony definitely takes this round because when you think of a next generation controller, you certainly don't think of one that needs batteries to operate.

What's In A Name?
Come on, the name DualShock sounds so much cooler than just "Xbox One Controller."

And The Winner Is...
When it comes to the battle of the controller, the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 is the clear winner. Not only is the controller extremely comfortable and features responsive buttons, the real tipping point is the fact that it doesn't require batteries. Everything you'll ever need for the controller comes in your PlayStation 4 box, making the DualShock 4 feel like a true next generation controller.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 12/10/2013

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who is the 4 year old who wrote this?

you don't need batteries for a controller? what is it working on, orange juice? how come you don't state that Xbox one has 3 times the battery power than ps4 controller? oh, right, because PS4 controller doesnt need power. my Ps4 controller feels great, ill give you that, but the Xbox one controller feels just as good, and you have to be honest and admit that their pulse triggers is amazing, try it before "reviewing".