Sony Drops Analogue Buttons From DualShock 4 Design

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More news comes in about the DualShock 4 design and this is a slight surprise: the controller has gone completely digital. You read that right, the analogue triggers on the controller are digital along with the rest of the buttons. This of course means that pressure sensitivity is no longer available. This is unlike the Xbox One which will retain analogue buttons–adding in the impulse triggers for haptic feedback.

Sony product planning manager Toshimasa Aoki stated that “With the DualShock 3, we were able to get analog data, which games didn’t really use. For DualShock 4, we deleted that, and now it’s all digital. The mechanism inside is a little different, and the data that games get is different.”  This isn’t unlike Nintendo’s decision to go digital as well with the Wii U Gamepad and Pro Controller–though feedback was negative upon that announcement.

What do you think about this development? Is it something you used or did Sony make a huge mistake by removing the feature? We’re only a few short weeks away from the PlayStation 4’s launch November 15 in which we’ll find out how different the gameplay gets.