Sony Ditches Unused DualShock Analog Buttons

Sony has finally decided to switch DualShock controller buttons to digital after keeping them analog for 16 years.

Digital buttons have two states only: pressed and un-pressed whereas analogue buttons are able to measure how hard and how quickly they are pressed. One of the few games that took advantage of this feature is Gran Turismo 5 where players control their acceleration by how hard they press the shoulder buttons.

It is hard to find other games that took advantage of DualShock 3's analog buttons; thus Sony decided that it is not worth the extra cost and the added complexity.

explained Toshimasa Aoki, manager of Sony's product planning division. "For DualShock 4, we deleted that, and now it's all digital. The mechanism inside is a little different, and the data that games get is different."

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