Choosing a console is sometimes a difficult task.
Most people choose the PS4 or XBOX One, they are the biggest boys on the playground right now. While various statistics about the XBOX One and PS4 are usually published, the controllers are usually ignored.
Why is that?
A big part of your game is how comfortable you play. If your controller doesn’t feel right in your hands, you may not be able to enjoy the game properly or achieve your best performance.
How do you know which controller is the best?
Read on to find out.
The DualShock 4 is the latest version of the controller that Sony has been working on for over 20 years. Starting with the original PS1 controller, they made minor changes to each iteration. Every time a new version came out, they slowly moved towards the DualShock 4 currently in use.
The controller has grown slightly over the years, especially compared to the original controller, which didn’t even have analog sticks. The DualShock 4 is the largest version of the controller, but has made up for the large size with improved ergonomics.
However, it’s not just ergonomics that got a shot in the arm, but functionality across the board has been improved. Which areas have improved the most? You’ll find out later.
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The development of the XBOX controller has shaped the PlayStation differently. The XBOX controllers have shrunk significantly over the years after being almost the size of the console itself. They are generally considered one of the best controllers on the market today.
The XBOX One controllers have also been improved since previous iterations. The response behavior of the controller has been drastically improved and, from a design point of view, just cleaned up. Which pad is the superior item? Let’s get to the important part.
head to head
The head-to-head comparison to decide which controller is best for you. Some sections declare an overall winner. Some show which controller suits your taste best. Let’s find out which controller is right for you.
1. Height and weight
The size and weight of a controller are an objective parameter. Some people prefer a smaller, lighter controller and others prefer a large, heavy controller. No one is right or wrong, it’s just what you prefer.
It is important to remember that oversized people can often be put off when it comes to size. Some of the most mocked controllers in history were way too big. The original XBOX and the Atari Jaguar are just two examples of when a giant pad goes wrong.
When it comes to size, the DualShock 4 is the slightly larger controller. With the DualShock 4 at just over 900 cm3rd and the XBOX One S controller with a size of just over 600 cm3rd. While the DualShock 4 is a third larger than the XBOX One S controller, the DualShock has the two protruding handles that artificially inflate its overall size.
The DualShock 4, the middle of which is not filled, means that its dimensions may indicate that it is a larger controller. However, when you hold it in your hands, it feels smaller.
The two handles and the lack of a filled center explain why the XBOX One controller is the heavier of the two. The DualShock 4 weighs 210 grams and the XBOX One S controller weighs 280 grams.
If you prefer a larger, heavier controller, the XBOX One S is for you. If you prefer a smaller, lighter controller, the DualShock 4 should be your weapon of choice.
Ergonomically, both controllers are absolutely excellent. The DualShock 4 and XBOX One S controllers are easily in your hands. The handles of the DualShock 4 in combination with the parallel analog sticks ensure that it fits perfectly in the hands and your thumbs easily match the analog sticks.
The D-Pad and buttons are easily accessible from your thumb home with the analog sticks, and the triggers are easily accessible with your fingers on the back of the controller. Overall, after using the DualShock 4 for a short time, you have no problems finding the buttons. What about the XBOX One S?
Even if the analog sticks are not parallel to the DualShock 4, they still fit easily in your hands. You can easily reach everything from the standard stopping position and the triggers are easily accessible with your fingers.
The only real difference between the two controllers is that the analog sticks on the XBOX One S controller have a better grip surface. This means that the XBOX One S is the marginal winner in terms of ergonomics. The only real difference is the grip on the analog sticks.
Who will win the next round? Read on to find out.
3. Ease of use
While the XBOX One S’s analog sticks ensure that the player can hold their thumbs in place more easily, the DualShock 4 offers a higher level of accuracy when playing. This is because the sticks themselves offer more resistance. This allows the player to control the movements of the analog sticks much more easily. Why is this?
Since the sticks are pushed slightly backwards, do not accidentally slide too far when trying to aim precisely. The analog XBOX One S-Sticks also have a certain resistance, but not the same resistance as the DualShock 4 controller. This means that the DualShock 4 is only slightly ahead in terms of usability.
The D-Pad on the two controllers is the first time that there is clear daylight between the two controllers. The XBOX One S D-Pads do not come close to the quality of the DualShock 4 controller. The D-Pad does not provide a smooth transition between positions and the D-Pad itself suffers from too much resistance. All of this is added to a chilling click each time the D-Pad is pressed.
In comparison, the D-Pad of the DualShock 4 can only be described as a dream. The buttons have very little resistance when pressed and the transition between positions is as smooth as possible. It is also larger than the XBOX One D-Pad, which makes it much easier to use. There’s also no problem with the loud click, which makes the DualShock 4 D-Pad even further ahead of the XBOX One S controller.
The shoulder buttons on the two controllers are difficult to share, but there is a difference between them. Both controllers have nice, large shoulder buttons that are easy to find and respond incredibly quickly. They are easy to find for both controllers, and the only real difference between the two is that the XBOX One S controller has slightly larger shoulder buttons.
The triggers for the two controllers have a larger gap in terms of quality, in fact there is a clear winner for this. Which controller offers the superior trigger? First the properties that everyone has.
The DualShock 4 has excellent triggers. They allow the fingers to find them easily, they have the perfect resistance and they are a good size, which means that they are rarely missing. All of this leads to the inevitable winner of the DualShock 4 trigger, right?
Not correct. The XBOX One S offers everything the DualShock 4 does with its triggers and more. They’re just as ergonomic, which means they’re comfortable and easy to find while playing. They are larger than the DualShock 4 offerings and also offer haptic feedback. This means that depending on the situation in the game, there is a slight force feedback from the triggers.
This adds up to the XBOX One S triggers that offer more than the DualShock 4 triggers. This doesn’t make the DualShock 4 triggers bad, just that the XBOX One S controller has superior triggers.
Overall, DualShock 4 and XBOX One S are very even controllers in terms of usability. The DualShock 4 does it a little better with the superior analog sticks and the D-Pad than the XBOX One S controller with the slightly superior shoulder buttons and triggers.
This means that the DualShock 4 has barely prevailed in terms of usability. The final round will help to finally separate the two belligerents. Which one will win? Read on to find out.
4. Added extras
Both controllers allow you to use earphones, headphones or headsets. This is done via the headphone jack that both controllers have. It’s easy to move around the room effortlessly and take the sound with you.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a feature that both controllers have. The XBOX One S offers somewhat superior Bluetooth support, since the DualShock 4 requires the official Sony Bluetooth dongle, which can be executed as an XBOX One S controller with any adapter.
Both controllers can also be used with your PC for gaming, although the DualShock 4 requires additional drivers to work on the PC. While the XBOX One S controller has the advantage of being able to work on the PC immediately, the DualShock 4 is downward compatible with the PS3. The XBOX One S controller does not have the same function as the XBOX 360.
The DualShock 4 then comes into its own with two functions to which the XBOX One S controller has no answer. First, a gyroscope is built into the DualShock 4. In this way, various motion detection functions are available, with which you can control the camera or your target depending on the game played.
The DualShock 4 also has another function that distinguishes it from the XBOX One S controller. You can control or even type a cursor using the touchpad on the top of the controller. It can also be used as an additional two buttons for some games.
When it comes to additional extras, there is a clear winner, the DualShock 4.
The winner with the lowest margins is the DualShock 4. There are no major differences between the two controllers, but the DualShock 4 offers slightly better usability and additional functions. The XBOX One S controller prevailed in terms of ergonomics. So which one should you choose?
All in all
Although the DualShock 4 has established itself as a superior controller, the selection is not as easy as you might think. The main thing when choosing a controller depends on personal preferences. If you are used to an XBOX, you will rather like the XBOX controller. If you are used to a PlayStation, you will rather like the PlayStation controller.
The DualShock 4 may be slightly the better controller, but if you make your own choice, your personal preferences will guide you to the controller and console you want.