PS4 Controller FIrst Impressions - Comic Con Preview Night 2013

PS4 Controller First Impressions

Tonight I got to play Knack at the PS4 booth at comic con. I wanted to first note the confrontational positioning of the XBone and PS4 booths as depicted in the following images:

The Feel of the controller:

First I want to note that the handles on the controller are much more round than before. It feels like I am holding the end of a shovel rather than the original partially angular feel from the PS3 controller. The new handle to the controller would be fine if my ring finger were not moved toward the back of the controller. After playing Knack through most of the demo I found that my right ring finger had started to hurt a bit due to the pressure that I assume is related to the less angular, more cylindrical handles. The trigger and analog sticks felt much better than the old controller. They seemed to have a tighter feel to them with more resistance on the analog sticks and a much faster recoil on the triggers.

The Texture of the controller

While playing Knack I began to notice the tighter grip I had on the Analog stick. It seems to be because of the material used to cover the sticks and the triggers is much like my G5 Mouse. They have a velvety/rubbery feel that provides good traction but my G5 mouse seemed to ware down quickly and I fear the same for the PS4 controller. It feels great now, but the material they used (if the same as the G5) might lose that velvety feel for a slick or stick feel later down the line.


I feel like the PS4 Controller was designed around first impressions however I am eager to find out what people think after a 6 month period of use. Will the new design be more ergonomic? Will the materials used wear quickly? Will the strength of the Analog Sticks and Triggers persevere after many hours of use? All in all I did like the improvements made, but I did not like the feel of the handles.


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