Sony has officially announced its upcoming DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment. According to the company, the accessory is designed to deliver more versatility and performance for PS4 gamers. The attachment adds two programmable and highly-tactic paddles to the back of the PlayStation 4 controller, similar to Xbox Elite controllers.
The Back Button Attachment launches in the US and Canada on January 23, 2020, for an MSRP of $29.99 USD and $39.99 CAD.
The paddles are programmable and can perform 16 different functions and buttons found on the DualShock 4 controller, which again, is similar to Xbox Elite controllers. In addition, the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment sports an OLED screen that displays the currently used profile and programmed buttons.
The screen is downward-facing, meaning you’ll have to turn your controller over to see it. Additionally, the screen also acts as a button. Users can program up to three distinct profiles and switch between them via the screen button. For those who regularly game with headphones on and plan to get the attachment have nothing to fear. The headphone jack will still be accessible through the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment as seen below.
So far, reception for the peripheral has been mixed. Some gaming outlets have out-right called on Sony to develop their own elite DualShock controller. No doubt there is demand for high-end controllers, as Sony’s upcoming accessory and numerous third-party elite controllers reveal.
However, Sony is doing itself a disservice by not releasing its own first-party high-end controller. Perhaps the company should release its own Elite DualShock 5 series alongside their up-coming PlayStation 5 console next year.
Source: PlayStation Blog