The DualShock 4 is Sony’s latest controller, and oddly enough, it’s also the 4th controller in the DualShock line of thingies.
Battery – 6.0/10
The DualShock 4 battery life lasts between 4-6 hours on a full charge. Battery is internal, and cannot be removed.
Design – 8.7/10
A natural evolution of the DualShock controller, the DualShock 4 is comfortable to hold, though it doesn’t really revolutionize controllers in any significant way. The analog sticks are poorly designed, and are susceptible to wear. The R2 and L2 triggers have also been redesigned, providing more grip and less slip. It’s best to think of this as a remake, not a sequel.
Features – 7.0/10
In addition to the traditional buttons already found on every DualShock that came before, the DualShock 4 also features a large touchpad near the centre of the controller, which doubles as a clickable button, and a very bright light bar on the front of the controller. Both of these add no real gameplay value, with the light bar becoming a distraction in darker rooms. Though, it does have motion technology, which is thus-far poorly implemented and rarely used.
Overall – 8.2/10
The DualShock 4 is a natural evolution of the DualShock family of controllers. It’s very comfortable to hold. However, the analog sticks use a very poor quality rubber grip, which will wear off under normal use, forcing you to eventually purchase third party analog grips, or an entirely new controller. This is a defect with the controller itself. Additionally, the light bar cannot be turned off, and ruins the immersion in darker rooms, as the light reflects off of your television set or entertainment unit. This can become rather distracting.