E3 On The Front Line - Console Controllers: PS4 vs Xbox One

Find out, along side Anna Prosser Robinson, as she seeks out which controller gamers prefer.

Discussion

462 comments
mostafaRMA
mostafaRMA

i saw both controlers ithink the ps4 controler is better because the touch and the share buotton and it looks lighter then the ps3 controler as for the xbox one controler there are no many changes and i was expicting more from microsoft im so dispointed about the x one controler but im so exsited about the ps4 controler im gonna buy ps4 because i always was a sony man i bought ps 1.2.3 befor and am gonna buy ps4 Q/when the ps4 is gonna be avilbel please answer bye\


barrica
barrica

I touch my christmass tree more in a year than my D'pad on the x360 remote and i play on average 4 hours a day.

oslnpls
oslnpls

I would never list a controller being lighter as a positive personally...I remember when I picked up a Sixaxis controller after playing on a Dualshock 3 for a longtime and it was awful!  I need some weight, or else it feels wrong.

vicarandrew
vicarandrew

Omg, female gamers.... himynamesandrewilikeps3 :D

Thuban_23
Thuban_23

I find the 360 controller worse for big hands. With the battery pack there your fingers are crammed in behind there. Also the offset sticks are so unnatural. I could barely walk straight after I first bought the 360.

Shango4
Shango4

I really like the ps controller.I don't get understand the stupid hate for the controller.

FilipinoFatty
FilipinoFatty

Nothing but a bunch of band wagoners moving over to PlayStation when they know the Xbox controller is better. They're really going to be pissed off when they have to play games with that shitty PS controller. 

scottyp360
scottyp360

Really? Does he just plug it in the usb? I never considered trying that.

fragerdaz
fragerdaz

What's the point of this video?  If there's no comparison of the controllers by the same person, everybody just says "yeah, I like it".  How does that help me as a consumer?  Booh.

Dogswithguns
Dogswithguns

I like Xone controller, but the middle button on top doesn't make any sense to be up there just really bug me.. a lot.

unwell-7
unwell-7

imo, fancy controller = more expensive gaming system = more cost to buy replacement controller. I could never justify spending $50 for a new PS3 controller. It was like buying a new game, except that it was a controller.

Prats1993
Prats1993

I like my controllers to have symmetry, and the Dualshock has always allowed me to have my thumbs in the same place opposite each other. The Xbox controllers have always had the unintuitive design of having analogue sticks in different places, which is just stupid, however its good to see they fixed that horrid D-pad from the 360 controller. Ps4 all the way.

Brotelho
Brotelho

I know the difference:

Ones an updated version of a beloved game console controller born in the 90's.

The other is a TV remote.

WarGod667
WarGod667

lol, playstation without "start" and "select", didn't see that, was new to me, gonna take a little getting used too i guess. Many games used it for menu and map screen.

LuckySlevin
LuckySlevin

Never had a XBOX console, always PS, but one thing I must admit: I never liked de PS controller. Didn't fit in my large hands and never felt comfortable. But I didn't care, I could play with, and that's the most important thing. I think gamers are more considered about the games and services, not the controllers.

translucent17
translucent17

I've never really liked either the ps3 or the 360 controller, the 360 controller feels a little more comfortable to me but still, I'm not really expecting anything special with the new controllers.  I have the wii U and the tablet idea is neat but when the vibration is on its it rattles like crazy I actually had to turn it off because it was annoying. 

sebbi11
sebbi11

Trigger feel and joystick placement is idiotic on the Dualshock. People just have a lot of strong opinions about stuff they don`t understand (cows still deny input lag problems, even after all the youtube videos) and off course to justify their purchases. So you can choose to have a wrong opinion, but that doesn`t alter the reality.

Have both consoles but PS4 has to do a lot of things better to convince me. First Sony must get rid of input lag and PSN problems with drop outs and VOIP, basic stuff like that is unexcusable. 

Lex_Luthor_XLII
Lex_Luthor_XLII

PS has always had a shitty controller, except for sports. Unfortunately, they continue to try and stick with it.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

So everyone likes every controller.

Thank god you made this video.  Really.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

the Wii u controller sucks, the PS4 looks interesting and similar to the PS3 controller( which is a good thing, since the PS3 controller is perfect) and i could care less about microsux new controller given that my hands will never touch the monstrosity that is the xbox one

ronaldmcreagan
ronaldmcreagan

@Thuban_23  

 I have to keep my thumbs in a horizontal position when I use my PS3 controller, while my thumbs are in  a more vertical position with the XBOX controller.

I have much better control with my thumbs in a more vertical position, which is why I always prefer the XBOX controller. I also find the right and left spring triggers feel better on the XBOX controller.

jessica73
jessica73

@Thuban_23 Wired controller is like a dream though. offset sticks ftw, though the DS would be more tolerable if it were bigger, and the sticks weren't so horrifically close together, looks like it's a bit better on DS4, that and they finally dumped convex tops. Either way, first order of business is to get an adapter or a 3rd party controller.

MVan86
MVan86

@Shango4 In my experience the Dual Shock, perhaps til now, was a tad too small for me and it wasn't comfortable to handle.

FilipinoFatty
FilipinoFatty

@Dogswithguns It's because players will hit that middle button on accident during a game and it screws them up and gets really annoying. Putting it at the top fixes from players accidentally hitting it! 

Brotelho
Brotelho

@unwell-7 

What are you even going on about dude? 

Fancy controller does not = more expensive gaming system.

You're complaining about $50 controller that lasts for years but a game that entertains you for a mere hours is ok to spend $50.

Sirkrozz
Sirkrozz

@Lex_Luthor_XLII Since day one (PSX) I've always used Dualshocks, even on the PC; save for the SNES controller, It's my favourite choice for gaming. It's true you'll probably get the Left Thumb Blister Syndrome if you're used to d-pad; but even so...

stoneface91
stoneface91

@Lex_Luthor_XLII all about choice i hate the 360 controller too clunky and large but i cant say its shit because it comes down to choice

basey
basey

@Vidpci 

360 controller is widely considered near perfect and a lot of people requested little to be changed aside from d pad and trigger response and feedback. ....if it aint broke.

qewretrytuyiuoi
qewretrytuyiuoi

@Brotelho if you only get a few hours enjoyment out of  games then you are buying the wrong games...

This is why i prefer PC (it my opinion and I'm not saying it's better so save the hate) the user generated content breaths new life into games. steams workshop is a prime example of this.

Brotelho
Brotelho

@qewretrytuyiuoi @Brotelho  

ok, a game that lasts for days, weeks, months, whatever. The fact is, that controller can be used for years and outlast your undivided attention to one game. 

I play PC as well but typically if I'm done with a game, I'm done. Only a few games are worthy enough for me to spend the extra time on. Skyrim being one of them. Love the mods. 

But regardless, I don't play one game for long and I like it that way. I'll spend anywhere from a week to a month on a game and move on to the next. I don't want to master one game but experience as many as I have time for.

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@ForceofNature9 @Jonny-Two-Delta Different replies to different people I think.
I'd agree with your summary, even if it is based on stereotypes. With that in mind, the dramatic changes to the Dualshock 4 would imply that Sony's new core demographic is older gamers that prefer more bulk and weight to their controllers. The 180's pad, however, is smaller and lighter than previous iterations, so perhaps Microsoft believe that their gamers are growing fat and weak. Just throwing that out there.

ForceofNature9
ForceofNature9

@Jonny-Two-Delta 

Did you just quadruple post a response? Let's just clear this up. The Dualshock is for "baby hands" and the 360 controller is for "fat hands".

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

Also, there's clearly something abnormal with your fingers. Not only do you struggle with an ergonomically designed gamepad, but you can't reach any of the punctuation commands on your keyboard. I'd consult a physician.

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@TommyT456 @stoneface91 @Jonny-Two-Delta @Lex_Luthor_XLII I had completely forgotten about that obscene battery pack. Definetely a poor design choice. I'm not into the whole counter-productive fad of gaming with wireless peripherals. I plug in a trusty wired controller, less inconvenience, better balance, more reliable.

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@Prats1993 @Jonny-Two-Delta @stoneface91 @Lex_Luthor_XLII Right, in your mind someone with fat hands needs a fatter controller for it to feel comfortable? Well, let me explain why your thinking is flawed.
I'm an adult male with lithe hands, probably about average in size, with more dexterous fingers than most people (musician). If an old gen XBox S controller was perfect in my grasp, and my hands somehow became fatter, I would require a smaller controller to play as comfortably, because I have gained volume disproportionately. Get it?
So if anything, these smaller controllers are ideal for fat-fingered layabouts. Or, y'know, kids. But kids shouldn't be playing videogames, they should be studying.
It's been said before, but there really should be 3 sizes of controller on every console.

TommyT456
TommyT456

@stoneface91 @Jonny-Two-Delta @Lex_Luthor_XLII Agree with the annoying battery pack. In fact I would go as far as to say it made the controller painful to use because your fingers get squashed in the gaps either side of the battery, at least they do the way I like to hold a controller

stoneface91
stoneface91

@Jonny-Two-Delta @stoneface91 @Lex_Luthor_XLII  no i dont have baby hands far from it it just felt too bulky and cumbersom the playstations controllers have a great fell to them compared to the 360s bulk it didnt help it had to have batterys added to the back of it aswell

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

@Warby15 @thekazumalord @Lex_Luthor_XLII  trade policies? i never traded in a game before.. i buy games to keep not play and get rid of.. not that this has anything to do with me never having an issue with a PS3 controller... and i have other game systems from past generations with good controllers, so i don't just think Sony's controller is the only good one or anything

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

@Lex_Luthor_XLII @thekazumalord @Warby15 i've tried using the 360 controller once and i found the joystick placement awkward.. where as the PS3 joystick placement is really good and works prefect.. and i've never had an issue with the triggers before..