ps4-access-large1So we know that Sony has gone through more than 20 different prototypes for its DualShock 4 controller for their upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Well for those who are interested in learning more about the console and some of the changes that Sony made under the hood, an interview (continued from last time) with Sony’s Toshimasa Aoiki held with VentureBeat revealed that the DualShock 4 controllers also did away with analog buttons, claiming that a lack of interest from developers led to their decision to do away with the feature. Instead the DualShock 4 controllers will not feature digital buttons and will only register on and off states, versus analog buttons which allow for varying degrees of states.

For example in Gran Turismo 5, the game allowed gamers to slowly accelerate by pressing the shoulder buttons on the DualShock 3 controllers slowly, but if you were to attempt something similar with the DualShock 4 controllers, you’d be out of luck. According to Aoki, “With the DualShock 3, we were able to get analog data, which games didn’t really use […] For DualShock 4, we deleted that, and now it’s all digital. The mechanism inside is a little different, and the data that games get is different.” What do you guys think? Is this a feature you wish more developers had gotten on board with?

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