February 20th 2013 6:21 pm

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A big improvement over the PS3

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Using the DualShock 4 is a delight. It's comfy, responsive, sleek and familiar. The DualShock 4 is everything gamers wanted from Sony's next gamepad. Unlike the DualShock 3, we only have minor complaints for the PlayStation 4's controller. It's not simply a controller we'll "put up with" for the rare exclusive PS4 titles; it's one we won't consider a roadblock when choosing where to play multiplatform games. For Sony, simply not getting in the way this time around represents a huge step forward. That the DualShock 4 is as improved as it is speaks volumes.

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9.0
Engadget Nov 14, 2013

It's comfy, responsive, sleek and familiar. The DualShock 4 is everything gamers wanted from Sony's next gamepad without having to spell it out to the company.

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Gizmodo Nov 13, 2013

Once the console has found its resting place, it'll glow every now and then and you'll hardly think about it. It's unobtrusive by design. The real hands-on part of this package is the new DualShock 4 controller. Hot damn is it nice.

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9.0
Tom's Guide Nov 13, 2013

The DualShock 4 controller is one of the major draws to the system. We can’t wait to see how developers will utilize the touchpad, lightbar and motion controls.

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8.0
Popular Science Nov 13, 2013

There's also a new controller. Stacked up to the last generation's controller, it definitely looks sleeker--a little less angular than its predecessor, which, when viewed from the side, looks like an uncomfortable high-heeled shoe by comparison.

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9.0
Time Nov 13, 2013

A moment of silence for the DualShock 1 through 3, each iteration — save for an upgrade to analog thumbsticks — all but identical since Sony’s gamepads debuted in 1997. Not so the PS4′s DualShock 4, which looks only superficially like its predecessors.

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9.0
Mashable Nov 13, 2013

Sony made massive improvements to the DualShock 4 controller, and it may quickly become one of my favorite gaming peripherals. Whereas the DualShock 3 felt too light, with uncomfortable analog stick placement, the DualShock 4 feels just right.

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8.0
ABC News Nov 13, 2013

The Playstation 4's new controller, the Dualshock 4, isn't as minimalist as the console, but comes with a several ergonomic improvements that make it more comfortable that Sony's Playstation 3 controllers.

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9.0
NBC News Nov 13, 2013

The DualShock 4 is the first major reinvention in the controller series since it debuted with the original PlayStation back in 1994, and even the most diehard traditionalist Sony fans will be pleased with the result.

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9.0
Stuff Nov 13, 2013

All in all, while we’re not yet convinced by every one of the DualShock 4’s new features, we are very convinced by the overall quality of the new controller.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 10, 2013

We're glad to say that the thumbsticks have dramatically improved and no longer allow your thumbs to easily slip out. The triggers are also much improved, with a little lip enabling a comfortable cradle.

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Engadget Jun 11, 2013

We wanted to show you how all the bells and whistles of the new console, its new controller and the new PlayStation 4 Eye. So we shot a video with Sony Japan's Nicolas Doucet and walked through the game's various demos.

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Engadget Jun 11, 2013

It's light, responsive, and comfortable -- the new thumbsticks with convex tops cradle your thumbs, and the triggers easily hold your pointer fingers. As for the face buttons, things are nigh identical with previous DualShock iterations.

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Gizmodo Jun 11, 2013

The controller is much more comfortable than previous DualShocks. It's gained much-needed weight, in particular. Previous DualShocks were anorexic excuses for a controller that didn't enjoy being held, while the PS4 controller has gained curves in all the right places.

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Wired UK Jun 12, 2013

It's got a fair bit of weight to it, particularly compared to Microsoft's lightweight Xbox One controller; if you hold the device in your fingertips it'll fall off backwards -- the top portion, which houses a touch-sensitive pad, is surprisingly weighty and unbalanced.

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SlashGear Nov 8, 2013

Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a PlayStation 4, it’s certainly worth considering owning a DualShock 4 controller. Compatibility software development will happen quickly, and based solely on what we’re already able to do, it’s easy to imagine a much more fully-optimized experience.

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IGN Jun 11, 2013

Overall, the DualShock 4 feels like a significant step-up from the DualShock 3.

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TechRadar Jun 12, 2013

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed holding and playing with the DualShock 4. It felt lovely, had a nice balance and worked like a charm. There were a few times we caught ourselves thinking it was a little too light, but it was an afterthought once we were kicking bad guys' butts.

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T3 Jun 12, 2013

The DualShock 4, for us, is an improvement on its predecessor, more comfy in hand and with a wealth of immersive bells and whistles to see it through years of innovation.

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TrustedReviews Jun 13, 2013

On balance, the Xbox One controller still has the edge on ergonomics, not to mention those brilliant new rumble features, but if Sony and its developers can find ways to use the touchpad and the built-in Move features to enhance their games, then this could still be the defining pad.

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Stuff Jun 12, 2013

It may look very similar to the DualShock 3, but the PS4 controller is more of an improvement than we were expecting, The grips are a little bigger and more ergonomic, so they fit the palm better than before, while the triggers have far greater range.

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