You Tell Us: Does PlayStation Need A New Pad?
It’s the age-old question: is the DualShock still up to standard?
The argument won’t go away. No, not that one about water cannons, or chickens and eggs. The one about whether or not Sony’s trusty DualShock pad design should be retired. It’s quite possibly the most important question of our age, and it’s no closer to getting resolved.
There’s no denying how important the controller has been for Sony. With its humble origins as a prototype controller for Sony and Nintendo’s aborted ‘Play Station’ console to the addition of the two analogue sticks, then rumble, its appearance is one of (if not the) defining images of Sony’s run from obscurity to king of the castle.
Its legacy is secure, but the controller has issues, no doubt about that. The deadzones on the analogue sticks aren’t great, making shooters that much of a chore. The sticks themselves – in our opinion – could be better positioned. And the triggers, oh, the triggers.
As we all know, Sony showed a new controller at E3 2005, causing howls of derision. And rightly so: that controller was awful. But is Sony sticking to tradition for its own sake? Is the DualShock’s legacy in fact hindering Sony, as it has proven it is scared of moving away from such an iconic design?
So we ask: with this generation closer to its end than its beginning, how would you feel if PS4 was announced, with another DualShock in tow?
Let us know!