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Sony Admits They Tried To Copy Xbox 360 Controller For PS4

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Both Microsoft and Sony have previously said they spent millions of dollars and several years combing through the revisions of their next-gen controllers until they found the one that worked best for their consumers, and neither one are even remotely similar to the other, but at one point in time they were.

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Sony Worldwide Studios Product Planning boss Toshimasa Aoki said in a recent interview they originally tried making the DualShock 4 controller like the Xbox 360, but didn’t because the DualShock layout is in their DNA.

“For the analog sticks, we did test having the analog sticks on top, since the Xbox has the left side on top [above the D-pad]. Especially from the shooter teams — we got feedback that that’s what they wanted. They knew that consumers liked the 360 for shooters.”

Aoki then added that “the feedback from the user test team said that we needed to test this version, the Xbox version, and this version. [But having the two sticks symmetrical on the left and right sides] is kind of in our DNA. The prototype team, myself, and also the management team really felt that having this look is the PlayStation look, and we had to keep that.”

Source: GamesBeat

  • Bailey Lawrence

    So, once again the Xbox controller will be better than the PS controller. Even Sony admitted it. Damn you symbolism and your dualshock layouts.

    • reves

      only good for fps though

      • Mrteapot

        Better for shooting and everything else comfortably wise, not so much fighting games but in that id just buy a pad stick for fighting.

    • Daoofgeek

      I have no issues with my Dualshock…overall, it’s a more versatile controller. Fits better in the hand, all the buttons are accessible…

      Well, I’ll say it’s a better controller for ME. Still can’t believe both companies spent so much on this type of R&D when I’m sure a more controlled study would’ve saved quite a bit of money. Of course, I’m sure they’re gonna make it all back…

      • Mrteapot

        Having played playstation since the first one, switching to 360 after PS 3 i found it little bulkier but the upper placement of the joystick made it all the more responsive and relaxing.

  • Mrteapot

    Fanboyism is huge in the Sony side. Admit that Sony partnering with Viacom isn’t imitatating, trophy system isn’t imitating achievements, and a quality online service using PS+ isn’t imitating xbox live, forget Microsoft how about using wii controller sticks calling it playstation move?

    “waits for the Sony troll to defend at every cost”

    Munches on popcorn

    • Daoofgeek

      “Fanboyism” is one of the most overly used words in our current world. PS users, Xbox users, sports enthusiasts (sorry, they are called apologists, but it evens out to being the same thing). What’s the point? As long as they make great games for my PS3/4 (and you’re an Xbox fanboy, I presume :) I couldn’t care less what Xbox does (or did). Guess I’m just one of those comfortable in my own choices…

      I will say Xbox (or Sony) doing well helps the other out because if you know your competition is kicking ass, it makes you up your game, so to speak.

      • Michael

        *Thunderous applause*

        You are the most level-headed person I’ve seen in a while, especially when it comes to the next-gen consoles. People are constantly bickering about frivolous info and rumors. In the end people will choose the console that has more games geared towards their interests.

      • Mrteapot

        I actually have had all systems since nintendo..and up. Minus wii, xbox, dreamcast.
        Nice try tho..
        :-)

  • Mrteapot

    I guess they blatantly didn’t want to imitate but to show you how far, they did turn right & left bumpers into triggers!

  • Andrew Arnold

    NOOOO! I hate those friggin lop-sided thumsticks! I HATE ‘EM!!!