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PS4 : Dual Shock 4 Works On PS3

It’s perhaps not news for some of you, but a feature of the swanky new DS4 that has crept somewhat under the radar is its ability to work quite happily on the PS3. The DS4 does need to be wired-in using a micro-USB cable – which may limit your enjoyment somewhat given the relatively diminutive size of the average, household smartphone cable – but it works nonetheless. The new ‘share’ and ‘options’ buttons are functionally identical to ‘start’ and ‘select’ with the only non-functional aspects being the touch-pad and – quite surprisingly – the PS button.

But why on earth would you want to use it?

Well, if you’re saving-up for a PS4 and know that you are going to get one eventually, it’s a nice way to get that second pad in ahead of the big spend. Not only does this help you to spread the cost; it gives you a chance to experience the DS4’s particular flavour when applied to familiar territory. Having just played through a lengthy section of The Last Of Us, I can confidently say that it does change the experience on a subtle yet meaningful level. The considerably more ergonomic design, sturdier buttons and absolutely sublime sticks – ones that offer a wonderful sense of weight and friction – make the DS4 feel like a much more refined and expensive product that the trusty DS3 did. Swapping between the two further highlights the differences with the DS3’s sticks feeling loose and buttons feeling quite soggy. If I was being a bit unfair to the DS3, I’d say that, in comparison, it feels a bit like a cheap toy. If, however – like me – you’ve attached ‘real-triggers’ to your DS3 to mitigate the frankly awful convex triggers, you’ll find the DS4’s much-trumpeted concave triggers a wee bit smaller than what you’re used to – but arguably more refined.

Dual Shock 4 Screenshot

The fancy lighting system is a bit of an anti-climax: you can’t even see it when the device is in you hands.

If I have one criticism of the DS4, it’s that there’s not that immediately comfortable place to rest your middle fingers as there is on the DS3 – but I sense that with more use, my fingers will figure it out just fine. The casing is also insanely smooth and slippery to begin with, but a bit of use and natural palm-grease seemed to fix that problem in no time at all, with the DS4 staying firmly put after a good hour or so.

All in all, it’s very easy to see what the hype is about with the DS4. It really is the Rolls Royce of the Dual Shock family – arguably up there with the greatest that any manufacturer has mustered. The Xbox One’s force-enabled triggers are particularly impressive, however – especially so with Forza – and its offset thumbsticks are the drug of choice for many.

Whichever console you choose this generation, Voxelites, you’re at least guaranteed to be in receipt of a refined, sturdy and self-assured controller!

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