Last updated: August 18, 2021

Today we are going to talk about an indispensable piece for PlayStation players: the PS4 controller! Without it it's not possible to perform the most basic commands, so it's an accessory that can't be missing. When you buy the console, a control unit is usually already included. But, to enhance your experience and play with more people, having at least two controls is interesting. In this Buying Guide you will learn a little more about the control for PlayStation 4, besides knowing some models, how much they cost, where to buy it and how to use it, as well as advantages and disadvantages and the main purchase criteria.




Summary

  • Buy a control for PlayStation 4 requires some care, how to check if it is original, if it works with and without wire, beyond the quality of the material.
  • It is also important to pay attention to the design of the accessory, because different models may have different buttons and functions, for example.
  • The control is sold on several sites, so it is essential to do a good search to make the purchase in a trusted shop. Notice if the product is original and if it follows the described characteristics.
  • Finally, the PS4 control of Sony itself does not vary much in price - they have different value according to the colour and if it is a special edition. But other brands sell the peripheral for more expensive and cheaper prices. In this guide we list options from at least £148 to £1,300.

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Buying Guide

Choosing games, performing commands and selecting settings on a PlayStation 4 is only possible through a controller. For this, this is an essential item and in the market there are varied brands and models. To understand a little more, in this Buying Guide you will find details about the different controls for PS4, besides knowing the main advantages and disadvantages, know the price range and where to buy it.

Imagem mostra uma sala com TVs e pessoas sentadas em sofás jogando videogame.

The control is an essential part of a video game. (Source: Sean Do / Unsplash)

Control for Playstation 4: What is it?

To play any kind of game, you need some equipment: a video game console or a PC, a TV or a monitor, some accessories such as mouse and keyboard, and the control, which is essential. The control for PlayStation is an essential item, since its function is to carry out the necessary commands to play. At least one unit is already included when buying the PS4, but to play with more people or to have different gaming experiences, it is interesting to have more than one. Besides the original Sony, with touchpad and the four buttons (square, triangle, ball and xis), there are other models for sale on the market, of other colours, but also different brands and formats. No matter which type you are going to use, it is important to pay attention to some details, such as if the product is original and if it will be compatible with your video game. Stay tuned for the next tips of this guide. Inclusive, in this video from the channel Luan da Hora, which has 1.6 million subscribers, the youtuber shows in detail the differences between a control for PS4 original and a counterfeit.

What are the advantages of the PS4 controller?

The main feature of a controller for PlayStation is obviously to control and make the commands of the game and games. Without it it is not possible to select the settings and not even the game to be played. However, there are other details - advantageous and disadvantageous - to be observed. One of them is the fact of the control have or not have wire. One of the advantages of the original Sony control is wireless, having only one cable to charge the battery. This helps in the moves, movements and independence, because it is not necessary to be limited to a certain physical space. But, despite being wireless (Bluetooth), it also gives the option to be used through the USB cable. This way it is possible to have commands with faster responses, which are ideal for more frenetic games and for more competitive players. Another strong point are the headphone outputs. Most of the controls listed in this guide have this feature and it enables greater immersion in games. Here in this video, the youtuber The Figaro teaches how to configure to use headphones, regardless of which brand is, the Ps4 control. Another advantage is the DualShock itself. The vibration system of the control (consisting of two internal motors) goes according to the game being played. With it you end up entering the rhythm of the game, giving more interaction and even excitement. The product also offers the possibility to customize the buttons, facilitating the handling of it for people with some muscle limitation, for example, and making the control more comfortable. As a disadvantage, we can consider the fact that some models of other brands work only through the wire. This feature ends up limiting a little the player and their movement actions. Another factor that may be considered a negative point for some players are the engines vibration mechanism of the DualShock that end up leaving the accessory a little heavier than previous versions. Despite being easily charged, via cable on the console or USB socket, the battery of Sony control, in factory settings, not usually last more than ten hours. Another disadvantage is the fact that there are pirated replicas of the Sony control. Therefore, you must be careful when buying a fake version - without you knowing - paying the same price as an original. It will obviously be of inferior quality and will not work perfectly. Check the table below the main advantages and disadvantages of control for PS4 to facilitate the comparison.

Advantages
  • Wireless
  • Can also be used through the USB cable
  • Headphone jacks give a greater immersion in games
  • Vibration system of the control puts the player in the rhythm of the game
  • Possibility of customizing the buttons
Disadvantages
  • Some models work only through the wire
  • Motors vibration mechanism leaves the accessory a little heavier
  • Sony control battery does not usually last more than ten hours

Are non-Sony controllers original?

To play any type of video game it is necessary to use a controller. It directs the cursor, makes the commands and selects all the options. Each console has its own control. However, there are brands that sell accessories other than Sony (manufacturer of PlayStation 4) and that are compatible with the video game. These products work differently from the original, delivering other functions, as joystick (handle), for example. In addition, they are also another option for those who play the PS4 and is willing to change a little or try other accessory options. Even if you opt for a control that is not Sony brand, it is very important to pay attention to whether the product is even original. Nowadays there are fakes almost perfect, but that deliver less quality and can damage the video game, besides lasting much less.

Purchase criteria: Factors to compare PS4 control models

To make the best purchase of a PS4 control, you can pay attention to some important criteria. They will help you evaluate and decide which is the best option for you to purchase among the different control models for PlayStation 4. We have elaborated the list below for you to make the perfect choice - within your needs and pocket - of the accessory. Check it out below:

  • Model
  • Colour
  • Material Quality
  • Brand
  • Corded or wireless
  • Battery

Below, we will explain in detail each criterion, with what should be observed in each of the factors to be considered when purchasing your ideal control for Playstation 4.

Model

The original control from Sony, which is included in PlayStaion 4, has an ergonomic and comfortable design, it is wider than previous versions and has larger grips. It also has four main buttons - square, triangle, ball and xis - besides the triggers L2 and R2, L1 and R1 buttons, direction buttons, options and control. Other models from other brands have a very similar configuration, but may differ in some aspects, such as the illumination lights and the presence of a joystick (handle), for example.

Colour

Besides the control for PS4 traditional black, which already comes with the product, the accessory of the brand itself is also sold in different colours. White, camouflage, lead, blue, red, gold are some of the options available on the market. If you want to differentiate yourself and have a control different from the one that already comes from the factory, this is an interesting factor for you to base yourself on at the time of purchase. It is also worth remembering that the models of different colours have different prices between them. In the video channel Wla Games, which has 18 thousand subscribers, you can see some of the different colours available control Ps4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ol1mtlIkI

Quality of the material

The quality of the material of the original controller everyone already knows. Robust and heavier than the PlayStation 3 version, it has a durability of years, although it may face some small problems over time, such as cracks or rubber wear. Cheaper products, which are not Sony brand, may present a lower quality, made with simpler materials, precisely because of the price they cost. If you are looking for a good control that lasts for years, but that costs more, the quality of the material will be a relevant purchase criterion. But it is also possible to choose simpler and cheaper accessories, but that will present less durability.

Brand

The brand can be directly linked to the quality of the material. Besides the Sony control, there are on sale accessories from other brands that are compatible with PlayStation 4. There are renowned brands of games that produce great controls and other accessories for games that are great options for those who want a control that is not the same brand of PS4.

Wired or wireless

The presence or not of a cable can make a difference in the gaming experience. Wired accessories end up limiting the player a little, either in their commands or movements. However, because they are connected directly to the console, they have faster response time, being interesting for those more competitive players and for more frantic matches. A wireless control always ends up giving more independence to the user, who can move freely and does not necessarily sit close and long in front of the video game. The youtuber Dudu Skraba, in his channel Site Shop B, with 51 thousand subscribers, teaches in the video below how to configure the control of the Playstation 4 to be played wired and wireless. See below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFbecl2TlDk

Battery

The battery issue is also a criterion to be taken into account. The Ps4 control itself lasts about ten hours per charge and can be charged on the console itself or by a USB socket. Other more expensive models, for example, can last about 19 hours on a single charge and others work even through batteries that need to be changed from time to time. (Source of the highlighted image: StockSnap / Pixabay)

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