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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Dramatic improvement over PS3 gamepad
  • Clickable touchpad
  • The best triggers on any gamepad
Cons
  • Terrible battery life
  • Analog stick coating isn't grippy enough
  • Rubber thumbsticks show wear and tearquickly
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

80
MaxHedrm
These are way better than the DS3. Every time I go back to the PS3 I wish I...read more
100
hailstormknight
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
90
dontstealmybeats
Controller fits very well in hands. Battery is to small. I have two controllers...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
88
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
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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IGN
Overall, the DualShock 4 feels like a significant step-up from the DualShock 3.
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TechRadar
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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Gizmodo
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.
Product Review
Stuff
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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Wired UK
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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T3
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
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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