Do not underestimate the power of PlayStation.
Recently Daniel did a round-up of some of the best special edition controllers of all time. There were a few absolute stinkers in there, but largely there were also some beautiful and functional peripherals.
While we’re not entirely on-board with spending £120/$180 on an Xbox One Elite Controller, Sony’s latest offering – the PlayStation 20th Anniversary DUALSHOCK 4 controller – seems a bit more realistic.
Sure, it doesn’t sport any additional fancy features over and above the standard-issue PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 controller – the Xbox One Elite features adjustable trigger release points and on-board button mapping memory – but it’s also not three times the price of standard issue.
The 20th Anniversary DUALSHOCK 4 is exactly the same price as the standard-issue PS4 DUALSHOCK controller. Well, exactly the same as the RRP, at any rate – available discounts may vary.
Plus, the 20th Anniversary DUALSHOCK 4 controller looks really damn cool.
There’s just something lovely and comforting about that matte grey colour-scheme, and it’s a genuine delight to see the original PlayStation logo on the controller’s main button. Everything else is the same – you’ve still got the funky touch pad, speakers and sockets, and of course the ethereal blue light – you just get to feel like you’re playing with an old friend again.
As part of their marketing shtick for the 20th Anniversary, Sony are pushing the hashtag #20YearsOfPlay, but we’re far more impressed with the animated GIF they produced for the 20th Anniversary DUALSHOCK 4 controller:
The nostalgia of the 20th Anniversary DUALSHOCK 4 controller GIF has sent a few little tingles down our spine, and ‘the port-switching Solid Snakes’ brought a massive smile to our faces here at Thumbsticks towers.
Well played, Sony marketing department. Well played.