Somehow some gamers who are likely already preconditioned to be anti-Sony next generation (for whatever reasons) in the first place have found a minuscule detail to nag about the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately somebody forgot to give the scarecrow making these articles a brain. The complaint going around is that DualShock 3 controllers will not work on the PlayStation 4. Guess what, neither did the original Xbox controllers in the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 2 controller did not work in the PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation 1 controller did not work in the PlayStation 2 for PlayStation 2 games.
If anybody is really shocked by this then you simply need to do one thing, laugh out loud. This is a very silly thing to complain about. Sony has confirmed they won’t ban used games, they will not be digital-only they will still use physical media while at the same time utilizing the latest in cloud storage, download networks, and streaming gameplay and full game trials technology at the same time. The major bullet was dodged there for gamers fearing a new world order, dystopian video game industry being debuted alongside PlayStation 4.
My argument to gamers has always been, when you get a new system you are doing so to experience the new experience of the system and the games. I don’t want to play PlayStation 3 games on a PlayStation 4, I want to play PlayStation 4 games on it. If you don’t want to let go of the past, then don’t. There is no law against keeping your PlayStation 3 and its game collection.
The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 quite obviously makes the DualShock 3 controller obsolete and therefore not suitable for PS4 use. The entire user interface of PS4 is designed differently. You will now have a button on your controller to instantly suspend the power of your PS4 (similar to PSP days) and pick up right where you left off whenever you get back while saving power at the same time. You will also have a button for sharing.
Not to mention, nobody knows exactly how the touch bar will work with the operating system on the PlayStation 4 either. Gamers are wrong to assume a DualShock 3 would be somehow suitable to take its place. This is not Nintendo people where we hold back technological innovation for the sake of nostalgia. It has been nearly a decade for the PlayStation 3’s life cycle, let’s welcome its successor PlayStation 4 with a bit more open arms than the grueling abuse from a corrupt media seen for PS3.
UPDATE 12:47pm EST:
To gamers who insist on DualShock 3 Support on PlayStation 4, here’s the scenario of what would probably happen if Sony caved in to DS3 demands:
You would end up with developers not giving you the DualShock 4 innovation they could because you all ended up using old controllers so they don’t care to give you the higher experience if you don’t care to take innovation serious.
Look up the changes from DualShock 2 to DualShock 3. It was more than just becoming wireless. There was an increase in how many angles it can detect you controlling from. Who’s to say what crucial upgrades the DualShock 4 contains that all PlayStation 4 games will be programmed for?
If you would have used a DualShock 1 in the PlayStation 2 then you wouldn’t even be able to control a character correctly in a simple game of basketball because you’d be stuck to only about 9 directions you can aim the character to walk in.
UPDATE 1:29pm EST:
From Shuhei Yoshida on the PSBlog:
“On the front side of DUALSHOCK 4 is a light bar with LED that illuminate in various colors to match the color of the character in a game as a simple way to identify players. The colors can also provide useful information to players, such as when their character has taken damage during a game. DUALSHOCK 4 was developed alongside a second peripheral, a dual camera which can sense the depth of the environment in front of it and also track the 3D location of the controller via its light bar. The new camera incorporates four microphones capable of accurate sound detection and source origination, and it will support the PlayStation Move motion controller with more precision than ever before.”