The PlayStation 4 is getting a third-party Elite controller

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I really like the PlayStation 4 Dual Shock controller. I think it has a great shape, is the right size for my Trump-level hands and the built-in speaker needs to be utilised by more games. It’s just a pity that it has the build quality of an RDP house and the structural integrity of your comments during a Call of Duty match. Now compare that to any Xbox controller, 360 or One. Preferences aside, you have to admit that Microsoft puts a pretty solid piece of input together, with the zenith of those branded builds being the Xbox Elite Controller.

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Well good news Sony fans! Because the PS4 is also getting an Elite controller! That happens to be a complete knock-off of the Microsoft design.

That’s according to a recent listing by US retailer Target for the third-party OEM controller, which looks like the bastard lovechild of the Xbox One Elite controller and a prop from Tron: Legacy. The $79.99 controller has a similar paint job, paddles at the rear and a D-Pad that looks like it can double as a satellite receiver. I’d also gladly wrap my digits around one of these, for the chance to play games on a controller that doesn’t peel rubber off like a VW Golf with an insecure chap behind the wheel when a scooter cuts the lane at a red light.

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But here’s the thing: The Dual Shocker is already getting a slight update. Tomorrow sees Sony finally reveal the PlayStation 4 Slim after weeks of dodgy leaks, with a slightly improved controller packed in for good measure. Like I said, there’s nothing wrong with that controller, but some proper quality control on the build process for it would work wonders.

Also, maybe a small tool to help clean the gunk out of the device after a few weeks of sweaty-palmed play would also be worth considering. But anyway, there you have it: The PS4 is getting an Elite controller. Made by someone else.

Last Updated: September 6, 2016

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