A clever counter to the Microsoft Elite Series 2 controller.
The Elite Series 2 Controller of Microsoft was controversial. For his fans, the elite is responsive, powerful and first class, the ultimate first provider controller. However, his critics can point out their high price and quality control problems to draw another image. That makes Sony’s approach, which is almost diametrically opposite to his rivals, so refreshing. Instead of producing a controller worth 160 GBP / 180 USD, which only the wealthiest players can justify for the purchase, Sony has developed the Back Button Attachment for 26 GBP / 30 USD, a snap-on device that is the most important function of Premium Controllers – Programmable buttons on the back – Added every standard dual 4 controller to an affordable price. We tested it last week before the start on February 14th and believe that Sony’s approach has significant benefits.
Before we deal with the performance of this add-on, we want to deal with the central thesis of the Back Button Attachment: These buttons are really useful and worth the extra cost and the weight value. The idea is to always have the most important controls under their fingers, including those normally bound to uncomfortable buttons such as the control cross, the release / options or L3 / R3. For example, if you want to switch items in Dark Souls 3, you must press the control cross. So if you are tracked and poisoned by an enemy, you usually need to change to your item for deleting poison and take your thumb off from the left stick that controls the movement and leaves them in an unpleasant position. In Call of Duty, simultaneous pressing of the left racket to sprinkle both the racket and your thumb, so that the assignment to a rear paddle feels much more comfortable. And finally, how can you better switch in the Gran Turismo than with the rear paddles? The more games you play with paddling, the more uses you will find for you – and to know that you can keep the two most tighnest controls over and over again is a great comfort, especially if so few games offer a complete adjustment of the control.
Of course it is not enough to have only posterior paddles to develop a great controller. We have tested many third-party controllers that have these rear buttons. However, they may be unfavorably positioned so that they are too difficult to press or to trigger too easily accidentally. Another frequent risk is to program the keys. Often the device process is so complicated that it is worth only for the games that they often play, and they lose any interest in experimentation. A really great implementation of the rear paddom should therefore fulfill two conditions: the right positioning and easy reprogramming. Fortunately, the Back Button Attachment meets these requirements absolutely.
Let’s take a look at the physical side of things. The double paddle of the attachment are attached to a circular central part containing an OLED screen, a 3.5mm passthrough port at the bottom and 3.5 mm data plug on the opposite side. These plugs are rotatably mounted so that the device snaps into the underside of the dualshock 4 like a cup screw. Installing the back button attachment takes a little bit for the first time, but as soon as you have inserted the tip of when you pull the 3.5mm plug and then push up to secure the device, it only takes it Couple seconds.
After installation, the attachment is under the natural rest position of your medium or ring finger. This facilitates the operation, but offers sufficient resistance to prevent accidental pressing. The slender dimensions and the narrow placement prevent the paddle from being triggered when the controller is also set up on a flat surface. This is another common problem with remote buttons controllers.
In our tests, we have found that the appendix is particularly useful for competitive shooters like Call of Duty Modern Warfare last year, where a quick response to threats can mean the difference between the top of the scoreboard and a unetheless defeat. We used the left paddle to sprint to replace a tiring thumb pin press, and the right paddle to jump so that we can target in the air. After being familiarized in the course of some games with the new controls, the game became more comfortable and the goals in the air was a crucial factor in some battles – and all without chance presses in hectic moments. This suggests that the placement is really outstanding here, so far full score.
Next comes the programming, and here is the Back Button Attachment excellent. Turn the controller and you see the small circular OLED screen, which we mentioned before. Hold down the screen to enter the programming mode. You will see the current profile (one to three) in the middle and the current bindings for each paddle on the respective pages. Each time you press the paddle when the screen is activated, the next key assignment will continue to go through all possible options. With only 16 possible bindings (including all buttons on the controller except Share and the PS button) and a liquid screen view of your current choice, it only takes a few seconds to find the desired key. You can also do nothing with an ш icon to disable it. If you are satisfied with your assignment, just listen to pressing the keys and the assignment is stored.
The change of profiles is similarly simple. Just press the screen to turn it on, and then tap on twice to go to the next profile. It would have been nice to see more than three profiles, but this should be enough for most people, as it is easy to make new keys assignments in no time when needed.
These profiles remain cross-platform, even if the attachment is physically disconnected, so you can use your ties on the Playstation of a friend as easy as on your home console. Since all programming is done on the device itself, you can set and use the same bindings on PC, IOS, Android and PlayStation 4 systems. This is an excellent alternative to the app-centered approach that Microsoft has selected the Elite Series 2 controllers.
Excellent placement, simple reprogramming and multi-platform utility – that’s a good start and already enough to recommend the back button Attachment to anyone with a dual 4-controller. How to compare Sony’s new Flagship Controller Loadout with the Elite Series 2 from Microsoft if users are looking for a high-quality Gamepad that can be used on PC or mobile phone?
Obviously this is not a fair fight. Even if you buy a brand new Dualshock 4 controller for 45 GBP / 60 USD instead of using the supplied with your console, you would still save only 71 pounds or 90 US dollars for the high-shot dualshock 4. Less than half of the cost of the Elite160 / $ 180 Elite Series 2. Nevertheless, the comparison is fascinating, with a significant gap in quality and features between the two competing solutions.
While dualshock 4 is well built, it seems to the Sony Gamepad after using the 345G Elite Series 2 at only 235 grams with attached attachment and 210 grams without missing. The facial buttons also lack the Tactile push button of the Microsoft Ultra-Premium option, while the shorter triggers are not satisfactory to operate and no rumbling. In general, the dualshock 4 feels less reactive and less precisely. It is by no means bad, but the manufacturing quality and tactility of the Microsoft Controller is undeniable. There are also big differences in the functions and adaptability. The Sony controller does not offer any way to replace sticks, adjust the stick voltage, to re-bind buttons, to specify dead zones and much more.
Still, still, we believe that the Back Button Attachment is the superior value for PC owners. Access to the rear buttons has, while the additional precision and a long list of functions only sometimes does in almost every game a real value of the Elite 2 a difference – usually in fast-paced and competitive titles. In other words, the Elite Series 2 is six times as expensive as the back button attachment, but it offers six times as much comfort? Six times the competitive advantage? Six times that? Utility Even if all these factors are considered, it is difficult to see the Back Button Attachment as something other than the better bang for the choice of money.
We must come to the conclusion that Sony’s Back Button Attachment a worthy upgrade for DualShock 4 owners, whether you play on PlayStation, PC or elsewhere. The idea of the single most important piece to provide a premium controller at relatively low cost, is great, and the benefits that it provides for a wide range of games on multiple platforms is difficult to exaggerate. This premise could have been wasted in the implementation, but easy positioning and easy programming of the Annex shall ensure that it feels more like a natural part of the controller than as a last minute add-on.
Our only major complaint is the Back button attachment that appears so late on the eve of the PlayStation 5 in the life cycle of PlayStation 4th This of course raises the exciting possibility that Sony similar functions will include in its next version. gen console. Patent diagrams Sony last year submitted (and which were discovered in December by the Dutch Outlet LetsGoDigital), show a controller with four rear paddle, indicating that Sony at least results in a change of the venerable DualShock designs into consideration. Perhaps this is instead a late extension of the PlayStation the current generation an early look at the model of the next generation. Would not that be cool?