The subreddit thinks it’s an amazing looking controller. Am I the only one that thinks the design is not that nice?
The color design is quite striking. I guess some people aren’t a big fan of high contrast, but I think they nailed that aspect of the design.
The shape... I’m less sure about. I’ll have to hold it to be able to tell, but just looking at the mock-up, the handles look less comfortable, and aesthetically I don’t really like that they got rid of the divot between the analog sticks. Maybe it’ll grow on me.
The buttons: I mean, the obvious problem aesthetically speaking is the PS button, that just looks dumb, but it’s probably also less useful that way—granted, it doesn’t have to be very useful on a PS console, since it’s only there for menus, but I use my DS4 on my PC, as well, and the PS button can be good to map certain uncommon (but necessary) functions to; I feel like it’s going to be less easy to do so with this pad. Additionally, I don’t like that they’ve moved the start and select buttons—no, I don’t care what they’re actually called, they’re still start and select buttons—so far from the center. The select button in particular is going to be really hard to use as a proper button—again, not a problem on a PS console where it’s mapped to non-game related functions, but definitely a problem for using the pad on a PC. I’m also not sure about the d-pad. In the mock-up, at least, it looks like they’re going with a very smooth finish, instead of the textured finish Dualshocks have always had. That’s not a problem in and of itself—Sega and Nintendo pads generally had smooth finishes on their d-pads, and they’ve made some of the best ever—but depending on how it actually slides under the thumb, it could potentially
make precision control even more difficult, and if they haven’t change the interior mechanisms for their d-pads, that in turn could make it one of the worst d-pads ever. Still, the PSP d-pad had a smooth finish, too, and that wasn’t any worse than a Dualshocks—maybe even better in some ways—so I’ll give them the benefit of a doubt for now.