DualShock 4 Is A Lighter And Way More Comfortable Than Dualshock 3

By Spencer . November 17, 2013 . 11:57pm

image Sony has always stuck to the same basic controller design since the original PlayStation adding an extra analog stick for PS2 and motion control for PS3. The DualShock 4 controller has the same general button layout with a clickable touchpad in the center and a light bar which the PlayStation Camera can track. The slate of PlayStation 4 launch titles don’t utilize these aside from some swipes in Killzone: Shadow Fall and the AR Hockey in the The Playroom.


The DualShock 4 still is an upgrade because it’s comfortable to hold. The PS4 controller is more ergonomic than the Dualshock 3 and is also significantly lighter. That makes motion controlled games like Flower, which was ported to PlayStation 4, more enjoyable. Arguably, the DualShock 4 is more comfortable than an Xbox 360 controller and if proper drivers are created I can see it replacing my PC gamepad. While you can connect a DualShock 4 to a computer using a USB cable, it’s seen as a generic controller. The L2 and R2 triggers extend out a bit too making them easier to tap and I like how the analog stick has a divot in the center so you can feel where your thumb is.


Another neat feature is the headphone jack at the bottom. This streams audio from the PS4 straight into headphones so you can play games on a your TV at night without waking up your roommate. There’s also a speaker in the middle which Resogun makes good use of.

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  • LustEnvy

    I like the controller, but i can’t STAND the placement of the Share and Options buttons. I literally have to look at the controller to press them. i KNOW where they are, yet with blind input, I end up pressing down on the touchpad instead. The share/options buttons are much too small, and much too close to the touchpad. It’s just a bad decision. I would’ve preferred some small buttons under where X is or something or on the backside of the controller.

  • Hm, if it’s true, then this is amazing – since I commented a few times how the lightness of DS3 originally made it seem like a flimsy piece of trash, but after holding it for a few minutes I realized it’s the most comfortable controller I’ve ever held, and that the lightness made it better – what a feat of engineering the DS3 is.

    If the DS4 is even /better/? Wow.

  • Shady Shariest

    Uhmm… STREAMING audio… This part bugs me for some reason :x

    • Think about having a wireless Headset, its really the same concept, just instead of it being a headset, the audio is sent to the controller and transmitted through the on-board speakers or your plugged in headphones.

      Its nothing to get worked up over. After all, the Wii did it with the speakers in the Wii Mote, Wii U does it, and now the PS4 does it as well.

      • Shady Shariest

        Oh i’m just wondering if it needs an active net connection… If that’s the case i won’t be able to play with headphones :x

        • Digoth

          just streamed from the ps4 to the controller

    • GibbRS

      It’s probably better to think of it as bluetooth audio transfer, like when you connect your smart phone to your vehicle’s audio system.

      • Shady Shariest

        Okay, that’s a clear explanation… My phones have had colors as their most high-tech-features, so i have been a little out of touch from the blue tooth.
        If this is the case it will be a good feature. For when i get an PS4. In…2018. At soonest.

  • Go2hell66

    glad you’re enjoying your nice and shiny ps4

  • Ereek

    I’m probably alone on this, and I can admit it’s probably rather silly, but I actually don’t want the controller to be any lighter. The Dualshock 3 was about perfect, but the Sixaxis was almost too light. I like the solid weight in my hands.

    • Albert sims

      Not sure why he said it’s lighter but it’s not. It is slightly heavier. It’s just more comfortable to hold and feels like it is well built. Dualshock3 felt cheap.

    • Pockystix

      as much as I prefer DS3 over a lot of other controllers, the R2 and L2 buttons always bothered me.

      In my limited use of the DS4 however, I got the right feeling. I’d say reserve judgment until you give it a go, it’s honestly not THAT much lighter.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Yeah the controller is great. I’d even go far as to say it’s better than the 360 controller. And we all know the 360 controller was like….perfect.

  • Dark Zerato

    PlayStation 4: Launch Edition
    Price $1,249.99

    Something is wrong here.

  • Shippoyasha

    I have been run out of messageboards for saying it, but the Dual Shock 3 was just simply bad. I absolutely love my PS3 and play a ton of games on it now, but the controller really was not exactly optimal. The plastic quality wasn’t that high, so with any harder grip, the controller squeaked in the hands, feeling like it might even break. The grips were way too small, the L2 and R2 weren’t really ergonomic to the fingers, the analog sticks are way too high and the analogs grind on its own circular casing. Just loved hearing how the handles in PS4’s dual shock is fuller, the trigger buttons are shaped concave this time and the analogs aren’t so high up this time.

    This may sounds sacrilegious as well, but maybe someday there’s a 3rd party controller that emulates the 360/One’s analog placement for those who prefer it that way (honestly I do as well, though it’s more of an ergonomic preference really). Either way, it’s been a huge step forward and I’m glad Sony was willing to listen to feedback instead of bulldoggedly release the same shaped Dual Shock again, though I kind of thought Dual Shock 2 had the better build quality.

  • I love the little detail with streaming the PS4 audio to the controller for use with headphones, such a handy feature.

  • The Watcher

    The upgrades sound nice and im sure its great but it still looks ugly, thats just me.

  • RisukuAozora

    Reading that first sentence, and not sure if there’s something wrong with the statement of the PS2 DualShock adding a stick. I thought the DualShock for the PS1 that did have 2 sticks.

  • erapago

    The DualShock 4 is 20 grams heavier than the DualShock 3, actually. It’s a great weight though. The grips feel less hollow and cheap.

  • MrRobbyM

    I don’t plan on getting one any time soon but my cousin got his launch day and I went over his place to check it out. I was surprised how light the DS4 was. SO much more comfortable than the DS3 too. Oh, and the PS4 has to be Sony’s sexiest console so far.

  • idrawrobots

    The previous the Dualshock 1, 2, & 3 were terrible controllers. The Dualshock 4 is vastly more comfortable, we’ll have to see if it holds up better.

  • It’s easier to hold also

  • BlackC#Bro

    I don’t understand the fixation with “lighter” tech. I already hate that most things I hold in my hand feel like toys from the 99 cent store. I just hope to god it’s not as light as the sixaxis, that thing feels like a cheap toy, worst controller of that gen.

    • Göran Isacson

      Having held it, I can say that it feels a little heavier. I can’t swear that it’ll satisfy you, but it DOES feel more solid than the sixaxis.

  • Göran Isacson

    I’ve tested it, and I like most of it better than the Sixaxis! Especially the trigger buttons, they feel better to grip than the Sixaxis spongy buttons… though I have to admit I like the shoulder buttons more. Kinda wish the triggers felt like the shoulder buttons because there’s just something about the way those click that satisfies me WAAYY more.

  • miyamoto

    100% AGREE

    its the best controller today!

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