The PlayStation 4’s Dual Shock controller may be the fanciest piece of input technology in this generation of gaming, but the Xbox One still beats it hands down (heh) with a piece of hardware that is just brilliant. And by brilliant, I mean ergonomically comfortable, structurally solid and featuring vibrating triggers that have made contact with my nipples on numerous occasions. It could be better however, and maybe that’s what we’ll be getting later this year as Microsoft has begun a slight redesign of that controller.
Helldivers is certainly making noise for all the right reasons. It sounds like an impeccably crafted multiplayer experience, and I'm seriously tempted to whip out my credit card and take the plunge on my PS Vita. That way I'll be able to binge literally anywhere, and also not have to worry about any of my progress suddenly being erased because of a flat controller.
I like the PlayStation 4 Dual Shock controller. It’s a helluva lot better than the PS3’s controller, a firm piece of plastic with some neat features. What isn’t neat however, is that damn lightbar. It’s a nice idea, but one in practice that has very little functionality beyond shepherding ships past dangerous rocks in foggy weather. Even with the latest firmware update providing an option to dim it, the Dual Shock controller still burns with the intensity of a star. But you can easily remedy that. Let me show you how.
When it comes to controllers, I’m incredibly bias towards the Xbox One input device. Sure, the PlayStation 4 controller has several bits and bobs that make it a tech-heavy powerhouse, but the Xbox One controller just feels right. It’s an evolution of the superb 360 controller, with the right enhancements dotted around it. One thing that the controller doesn’t do well however? Start up quickly. And that’s something that Microsoft plans to fix.
Valve’s Steam service revolutionised online gaming on the PC. Now, they’re looking to start a new trend with a brand new controller setup. A controller that hasn’t been seen in quite some time. But fear not, oh fans of input devices that happen to have navigational pads shaped like sexy, sexy erogenous zones. Because the Steam controller is making a comeback this year. In fact, it’s almost finished.
How much are you willing to spend on a controller? Modular madness professional Mad Catz are basically asking that question with their latest creation, the LYNX 9 controller for Android and Windows. Let’s not mince words; it’s a $300 accessory for playing mobile and PC games, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t look interesting.
Oh to be a farmer. There’s nothing quite like getting up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows, till some soil, and walk those sheep. Eating off the land? Best decision I ever made. Also, I have no idea what I’m talking about. A bout of Farming Simulator would fix that for sure! The game has always appealed to me*, I just never saw the experience being authentic with a keyboard and mouse. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who feels that way.
Asking me which console to recommend these days is the equivalent of quizzing me as to which testicle I’d like to keep in a life or death situation. I love all three two of very much you see. What I will admit however, is that the Xbox One has a superior controller in my humble opinion. Sure, the PS4 controller may have more features, but they’re barely used and the damn thing has the battery lifespan of a Mayfly which has gotten rather drunk and hasn’t buckled its seatbelt on before driving off. But to make the Xbox One controller, the design team behind it went through tons of design iterations.
As a predominantly PC gamer, I am the biggest fan of a good keyboard and mouse setup. Having the odd console here and there though has cultured a softness in me for handheld controllers. There have been loads over the years, some great, some not so much. Watch how they have changed in this 30 second clip.
Oculus are the pioneers of Virtual Reality technology in the industry today. It started with the Rift, but since then the company has partnered with Samsung for a smartphone VR solution, and things just keep looking better and better. Is a virtual controller next on the list?
Dark Souls, the strategic hack-and-slasher from FROM software is notoriously difficult. Truth is, it’s not really all that punishing once you understand it, and is so perfectly balanced that any of the inevitable deaths you face will all be entirely your fault. Of course, you could make it artificially difficult – which this guy has done… by playing through it with a Rock Band controller.
The Xbox One controller is a magnificent. It’s a little more angular than rounded 360 controller, but it’s incredibly comfortable, and sports those undeniably sexy rumbling triggers. Though the controller has a little micro USB port on the top if it, the thing is just not compatible with PC. That has changed; Microsoft has released a PC driver for the Xbox One controller.
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.