Playstation 4 to support only 4 controllers

The Xbox One will be supporting 8 controllers at once, something that is useless to me. Not only is my TV too small for that many split screens, but I don’t know that many people I’d want in my house playing games. That’s right kids, get off my lawn!

This, of course, prompted the natural question in the console war – so how many can the PS4 support?  Asked via twitter, the answer was four. PS3 supported 7 controllers at once, perhaps leading to Xbox’s apparent one-up with 8 controllers – why would the PS4 only support four controllers?
 
I believe that there simply wasn’t enough usage in this generation. Not many people played with more than one other person, let alone six. While this might work well in dormitories or other shared living arrangements, it seems that a large proportion of gamers prefer to play by themselves… or online with strangers who they can verbally abuse without any risk of physical harm. Or maybe it’s just because Sony knows the PlayStation controller is never as good as the Xbox controller and isn’t entering into this battle in the console war.
 
I wonder if this will have an impact on game design and player experiences. Will developers just build games with a maximum of four local players? Or will the Xbox One’s eight be the norm with PlayStation owners left to feel bad for not having enough friends?

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    Oh snap, Sony just lost next-gen

    • ElimiNathan

      Lol yup, definitely getting the Xbox now!

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Oh hell yeah! Sony lost the war, that’s it, I’m getting an xbox one now.. because I’m an OCTOPUS!

        • Sargon

          Lol.

        • ElimiNathan

          Me too! We should be friends

  • Kromas

    Eight controllers are as useful as Kinect.

  • MarsRSA

    I have never played a game with four people on one console even with a house full of friends because they usually bring their own setup with (if we’re having a serious gaming night)

    • HeniQpotter

      I have to agree with you, 8 or 4… who cares. Serious gamers need only one controller, maybe a second waiting on the charge pad.

      • Sargon

        I always thought console gamers charge their controllers with the power of imagination?

        • HeniQpotter

          lol, nah. our screens are bigger, we can actually see the action.

          • Sargon

            I haz a TV for a computer screen. 42″. With a 3GB graphics card and HD EXPLOSIONS. Don’t go there, brother. We know how this is ganna end. ;)

          • MarsRSA

            -__- Is there a way to unfollow this post now before this starts

          • HeniQpotter

            just some friendly banter, I’m sick of console wars….

          • HeniQpotter

            he he he, atleast my console cost less than you GPU, don’t get me wrong, my PC is probably worth more than everything in my living room. But consoles are just easier to manage. :b

          • Sargon

            You have me there. The GPU set me back a fair bit. So did the TV. All in all.. it’s really the same thing. I mean.. we’re all gamers. Why the heuristic divide? Why do we cling so hopelessly to artificial categorisations that only serve to divide us and keep us from rule? Why isn’t there a gaming holiday? RISE, gamers of the world, and unite! Fight for your right to observe HD EXPLOSIONS everywhere! On unshared screens!

            Um. Anyway. Console war comment here. ;)

          • HeniQpotter

            ONE UP – I’m in it for the games, not the platform.

          • Sargon

            This, right here, is the spirit of Winter-een-mas.

          • Weanerdog

            I have an n-gage can I come to Winter-een-mas

          • Mathias

            If that was the case you’d be playing on PC… With the Xbone exclusives coming to PC and the PS4 ones being meh until they release their big guns, if you wanted good games you’d get a PC. Also, a year from now, you’ll get your money’s worth from that day one console.

          • HeniQpotter

            I currently have a PS3, XBOX 360 and a PC for that exact reason, PS and Xbox exclusives.

          • Mathias

            That’s the way to go.

        • HvR

          I tried the power of the cloud once, didn’t work.

          • Weanerdog

            You have to inhale

          • HvR

            Aaah, found this video on cloud power, apparently you need to hold for 5s as well.

    • Marc O Polo

      littleBigPlanet is the only game that i’ve played with 4 players

  • Lourens Jordaan

    Baby demon eyes!!!! That header scares me.

    • HeniQpotter

      Future zombies……

  • Mathias

    *typical PS4 is better than Xbox comment*

    There, LG community and staff happy. :)

    • Kromas

      Actually it is supposed to be:

      *typical PS4 and Xbox suck and PC rules comment*

      • Sargon

        Fault!

        *I’m playing PC vs Console tennis…

        • Kromas

          But we all know the PC will win.

          • Sargon

            PC gamers are going to be PISSED if Skynet turns out to be a nextgen console. Lol.

          • Weanerdog

            Not gonna happen RROD

      • Mathias

        Not for these people, it’s not… I’m happily playing on my PC right now, though. Even if Total War: Lag 2 is waiting to be fixed…

        • Sargon

          Wait. Wait. I’m only getting my copy on Friday (screw you BT Games). What is wrong with Total War? TELL ME! TELL ME!

          • Mathias

            Search on Youtube: Hitler reacts to Total War Rome II

          • Sargon

            Oh dear. Save often… then..

            Save Files.
            Are they secret? Are they safe?

      • Martin du preez

        How many K&M can the pc okes plug in their pc’s for gaming?

        Peasants 1
        Masterace 0

        • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

          Depends how big USB hub that they can afford ;)

          Elitists are elite.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It’s not the size of your USB hub.. oh… forget it. Jim runs off crying!

          • Martin du preez

            True. But do games support more than one K&M? I can also plug in a hub in my Xbox and install infinite number of controllers..

          • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

            That depends on the game. Trine can do 4 at a time IIRC.

            PS: IIRC your Xbox will only do 4.

        • Kromas

          actually …. (127 – 127/8)/2 … sooo 56. That also includes a monitor with every kb/m combo.

          PC 56
          Consol 8

          • Martin du preez

            Uhm..Uhm..WE HAVE THE SUPERIOR DIABLO 3!

            *Cartwheels away*

          • Kromas

            We have Starcraft … as well as every other rts!

            *Gives chase*

      • Tarisma

        Haha blah blah master race something

  • Sargon

    I usually play with other people on this wonderful thing called.. the interwebz..

    Seriously though. Why split screen? I’ve never understood it. I’ve seen those long narrow and hopelessly disappointing field of vision you all use when playing a fps on consoles. It looks.. well.. frustrating. Can’t you just lan with consoles.. or something?

    *edit* This is a genuine question. I’ve never owned a console in my life.

    • Weanerdog

      Because you can’t punch someone through the internet. And you know the total oh snap did you see that moment.

  • InsanityFlea

    Played four player WWE, good fun :D

  • Matthew Holliday

    Aside from that one time on PS1 where I plugged in 4 controllers to play a WWE game with friends.
    I have never used more than two.
    Who needs 8?

  • ElimiNathan

    On a lighter note, I just got my Lagz T-Shirt !

    • Sargon

      Congratulationz!

      • ElimiNathan

        Danke

    • ElimiNathan

      Who the hell disliked this ? Lol

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    WELL THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I don’t see the need in having 8 controllers. (a) I don’t have that many friends, (b) I don’t have that many friends, (c)… :( I don’t have that many friends…. :(

    • TiMsTeR1033

      ill be your friend! :)

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Awesome! I’ll send you the application forms. The interview process usually starts 6 weeks after your application has been submitted.

        :P

        • TiMsTeR1033

          And you wonder why you dont have that many friends!

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          WOW, you’re easier than home affairs!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            HEHEHEH!

        • Skoobaz

          …and after that if you haven’t heard about your successful application in 6-8 weeks, consider your application denied!

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      I’d be your friend, but i’m sure there are laws against my forging new alliances…

      • TiMsTeR1033

        arent you american Zoe?

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          … did the accent give it away?

          • Jakster

            The cheeseburger scent around you is more like it

          • TiMsTeR1033

            The country must be a joke to you HAHA. can only imagine how more jacked up it is there in US esp home affairs! I hear getting your drivers is way harder though

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            getting a drivers in the US is seriously easy… everything else, less so. but that’s just bureaucracy anywhere, i suppose

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Hey, Americans can be friends with bananas! :D

          • TiMsTeR1033

            SAYS WHO!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            :( the fruit bowl in my head.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            AND THEY WERE RIGHT!! YOU WON 1 MILLION………..um kind of!

          • Jakster

            You’ll have to be genetically modified to be friends with an American.

  • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

    ‘Not only is my TV is too small’ Zoe, just because FF14 has been extended for a week, doesn’t mean you can drink on the job!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Darn you got to comment on the grammar first

      • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

        Heheh ;)

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      you mean i need to drink MORE on the job ;)

      • TiMsTeR1033

        no wonder your photoshop skills are like that 0_0

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          that’s how i see the world, baby!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I havent a comment for that answer but to all you people out there when you see Zoe driving…… YOU RUN!!!!! SCALE WALLS! DODGE DOGS!!! EVEN HIDE IN A DUSTBIN!! ITS NOT SAFE!!!!!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Art is… art.. uh arty..?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I went to art school! art is madness sometimes!! a piece of crap could be art to some…..

          • Weanerdog

            You should see the art I made this morning.

      • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

        BOOM!

  • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

    Do you have the use of 8 controllers because the Kinect 2.0 is too busy looking at you to do anything of use? Or are they to throw at the thing?

  • Rainman

    Have to get the Xbox now – each of my personalities can have its own controller, just dont know if Kinect can recognise which personality is playing at the time.

  • Rock789

    Um, who plays split screen with more than 4 people? I’ve played with 4 on a projector and it was awesome. But on a normal TV (your average person has 32″ or 40″), I don’t think more than 4 splits is viable – you just aren’t able to make out a thing! Then it’s like “Ooo… I just got shot. Must be that blur on my right ** smack** Oops, that was a big rock…”

    Oh, and Zoe – “That’s right kids, get off my lawn!” Loved that – comment of the day! :)

    • Skyblue

      My kids often play four player when they have friends over but they use a 55″ and stick mostly to Halo, WWE and Goldeneye.
      I despise sharing my screen with anyone though because I’m old, grumpy and fucking selfish.

      • Rock789

        Lol! :) Yup, I get like that sometimes too…

  • Lardus-Respect the beard

    Off topic, but had to post this for Zoe: http://9gag.com/gag/aNeAZ9A

  • Simplified

    Look I have a kak small TV so having 8 controllers is a bad thing. It r suxxors mkay. I have no friends either coz I r hipster and that makes having 8 controller support on my console suxxors. Now 4 controllers is like totally twerkingly awesome!

  • Pieter Kruger

    This is just going to push Xbox One as the favourite for fighting game conventions and competitions etc.

    • Jakster

      Well, Zoe aka PS4HIP5T4, conveniently forgot to mention that.

  • Kratos8051

    I just couldn’t resist…

  • Brian Murphy

    As someone who pointed out the 7 controller superiority of the PS3 in days past, I can honestly say I never had need for more than 4. I was wrong then, and I can’t really see a need for it now. That having been said, if Microsoft can find more useful uses for the increase, more power to ‘em.

    I always said, now that we have huge TV’s splitscreen is easier! Except…I like having the screen to myself lol.

  • Fennix212

    There aren’t going to be any 8 player game so who cares

  • Sean Carbutt

    Not sure if you are attempting sacrcasm or being serious, but 4 controllers is enough. Like, do you really have 7 mates over playing games at the same time. AS for the comment on “lost the next gen”, who really gives a shit. You have 2 choices – choice one a R7k or higher glorfied DVD player or Choice 2, a gaming platform.

  • Mark Treloar

    or Microsoft plans to support the use of 4 mouse + keyboard combo’s

  • subirk

    Hey check this out the PS4 vs Xbox One controller http://bit.ly/1cS1W3d

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