It wasn’t all great hardware and games that arrived with the PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 generation of gaming. There were a few misfires along the way, such as Sony trying so hard to get some of that Wii pie that their Move controller was just one step away from being known as the Sony Pii. But their next bit of potential hardware looks far more original.
After several years of playing console games, the sensation of using a kouse and keyboard again has become pretty damn alien to me. Fortunately, most controllers these days work on a Windows platform. And it looks like the Playstation 4 Dual Shock controller will also boast some connectivity. But there’s a catch.
I believe that everything in life comes in threes, from sneezes through to marriages. Valve has had two announcements so far this week. First, they announced their new operating system, SteamOS. Second, they hit back with some new hardware. And for their third announcement, Valve just revealed a unique controller that is bucking design trends.
You’re going to have two choices in life soon. Either you’re getting an Xbox One, or a Playstation 4 console for some next-gen gaming. While I see Playstation 4 easily dominating because of several reasons, I still want to grab myself an Xbox One console next year. Because if I’m going to be fondling any controller for the next couple of years, I want it to be Microsoft-branded. Like my left buttock.
At E3 this year, I got my greasy hands on the Xbox One controller, much to the dismay of the staff who only then noticed that I had been snacking on some greasy pick me-up food. One sanitary hand wipe later and I was jamming some games with the new input device. It may not look all that different from the current Xbox 360 controller, but trust me, this device is something else underneath that plastic.
Hey Hey it’s Monday… yeah it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it does it? Oh well let’s start off today with the breaking news that the Xbox One controller is going to be shipping with not one, but two whole AA batteries.
I won’t deny this one criticism of the Xbox One: It’s going to be expensive. That’s because the console is packed with a stack of technology, whether you want it or not. But one piece of tech that I do want in the console, is that superb controller. And it looks like it’ll have more than just some face buttons built into it.
Look at you. You want to be a pro gamer, but your reaction speed is slower than a snail that has just puffed away the fattest spliff possible. Your current Xbox 360 controller is holding you back man! You need something better, faster and more in line with your ambitions!
…Well, in gaming terms of forever at least. We’ve spoken before about how we kind of dig the Xbox One controller, one of the few aspects of the console that Microsoft has gotten right so far. I’d gladly keep a controller like that around. Especially when it has the lifespan of a decade of hard gaming.
Plenty of negative things have been said about the Xbox One so far, and most of it was well deserved. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Beyond restrictive copyright protection that fails to evolve with the markets of today and prefers to hang on to out-dated ideologies, there’s a gaming console underneath all that hubris. And it has one hell of a controller to go with it.
There’s a lot that we still don’t know about the upcoming Playstation 4 console. Such as final pricing, availability or what it even looks like. Which means that come Christmas time, one over-eager child is probably getting a TV game machine as an accidental gift instead. Heh. What we do know though, is that the console has a controller. And it’s a controller with plenty of features apparently.
Move aside Playstation, because you’ve got some competition on the way. While everyone is waiting to see what Sony will be announcing on February 20 (PLAYSTATION MOVE 2!), there’s also Microsoft and their Xbox division, with codename Durango on the horizon. So what can we expect from that piece of next-gen tech? Mandatory installs, Kinect integration and multi-tasking, for starters.
The PlayStation 4 rumour mill is in high gear at the moment and every graphic designer and their dog is currently putting together renders of what they expect the console and it’s peripherals to be like.
When it comes to controllers in the current generation of gaming, hands down the Xbox 360 has the best input device on the market. It’s a comfy, well designed piece of tech with some decent heft, something that even Nintendo copied for their Wii U pro controller. But the PS3 gamepad? That’s an antiquated piece of design that feels like it could snap in my hands at any second. And it looks like Sony has been listening to Geoff, because their next console is going to feature something…new.