PlayStation DualShock 4 controller getting Back Button accessory

PlayStation is launching a new accessory for the DualShock 4 in February that will add programmable buttons to the underside of the controller.

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In the world of controllers (and especially competitive play), having customization and ease of access can open up whole new facets of play. The PlayStation’s DualShock controllers have always been pretty simple and clean in their design, allowing for markets beyond Sony to fill a niche of more versatile controller design. That said, it looks like Sony is finally starting to dip a toe in offering the versatility that other controller manufacturers have been offering for years with a new Back Button Attachment accessory for the DualShock 4 coming in February 2020.

PlayStation announced the new DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment for PlayStation 4 controllers on December 17, 2019 via a press release from PlayStation UK and a YouTube video on the official PlayStation channel. The new accessory attaches to the bottom of the PlayStation DualShock 4 controller and allows players to map sixteen different actions to the two additional buttons that players can now access underneath the controller via an OLED display. The accessory is set to launch on February 14, 2020 and will cost $29.99 at launch. You can check out the YouTube video demonstrating the accessory and its functionality below.

The accessory does come with some notable limitations. For one, the attachment seems to plug into or over the 3.5mm port where some audio devices can be connected on the controller, meaning if you're using a wired headset with a 3.5mm connection, you may have to choose between having a mic and headphones or the accessory. The second limitation is its just two buttons. Controllers like Xbox’s Elite controller and those of SCUF gaming have been offering the same sort of customizable bottom controller button set-ups for quite some time, but their arrangement has often come with four customizable buttons. It’s worth noting this announcement comes just as SCUF Gaming was acquired by Corsair.

At $30, the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment isn’t a bad idea. It adds some first-party versatility to the controller where at one time there was none. It’s also curious that PlayStation is launching this accessory just a year before the next console generation of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are just around the corner. It’s possible Sony is playing with the idea of something similar to the popular Xbox Elite controller and this is their first step towards it with the launch of the PS5 on the horizon.

What do you think of the PlayStation Back Button Attachment? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment section below.

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From The Chatty
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    December 17, 2019 9:35 AM

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      December 17, 2019 9:39 AM

      So the PS5 controller clearly has paddles. I'm cool with this.

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        December 17, 2019 2:42 PM

        Ya looks like next Gen well have to have 2 extra buttons. Crazy

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          December 17, 2019 3:12 PM

          Yeah but repeating front button tasks, at a guess? So yes it is and isn't 2 extra buttons? Shrug.

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            December 17, 2019 6:14 PM

            For current gen games but future games will be able to properly use these new buttons without redundancy.

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              December 17, 2019 6:34 PM

              Sorry is that confirmed or speculated? It's kinda interesting.

              I mean fuck my hands are tiny, I'm not sure I could get those little fingers back there, while maintaining accuracy at the front.
              (See also: People like Radula, who claim they can use ALL 4 triggers at once)

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                December 17, 2019 6:43 PM

                I’m just assuming

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                  December 17, 2019 7:08 PM

                  Do you think your brain can handle another 2 buttons (and I'm not being rude, because I'm not sure I can and every time shit like this occurs, I think about Baron Calamity )

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                    December 18, 2019 1:56 AM

                    It can help with some combinations. In doom2016, for example, jump was X (I think?), and right stick was rotate, so you couldn't jump and turn at the same time, which was just awful.

                    Jump under the controller might be great if you can get used to it!

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                      December 18, 2019 2:00 AM

                      At worst it would be a terrific substitute for R3 and L3. I've never been too fussed over thumbstick clicking but I read enough complaints here and other places that I know its not ideal

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                    December 18, 2019 3:56 PM

                    Which is why I’m sticking with Xbox since they already confirmed the adaptive controller will work with Xbox series x games

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                      December 18, 2019 4:04 PM

                      That's good - do you find it helps a lot? I already know you can finish some pretty difficult games.

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                        December 19, 2019 9:46 PM

                        Yes. It solves just about any control issue I have for the system. The only issue is all the wires.

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      December 17, 2019 12:51 PM

      an oled screen facing away from the back of the controller.. like why do you even need screen?

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        December 17, 2019 2:42 PM

        So you can see what the buttons are set to.

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        December 17, 2019 4:27 PM

        I look forward to it burning in the wrong button preset.

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