Great photo comparison between the DualShock 3 and 4

Thursday, 24th October 2013 05:39 GMT By Ewan Miller

Gamesbeat, the video games reporting side of Venturebeat have taken some fantastic snaps illustrating the difference between the buttons and sticks of the DualShock 4 and 3. Check them out after the break.

For more comparison images and an excellecent interview with the man behind the new controller, Toshimasa Aoki, SCE’s product planning department manager, check out the article at Gamesbeat.



  1. xxJPRACERxx

    Shorter = less precise movements…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. wildBoar

    And having a hypothesis about something = fact… Let’s not pretend we know anything about the mechanical aspects of things shall we?
    We’ve pretty much unanimously heard that they’re more precise and better to use from every gamesite ever at this point.

    At least try utilizing a little logic.. “Sony can’t better a 7 year old analogue stick design”… They’ve shortened them so you can input quicker/less travel, other than that I’d imagine they’re much of the same just a bit better.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. pcbros

    @1 – That is true. Shorter movements tend to equal less precision.

    Something tells me, after seeing these pics, that Microsoft has a longer stick than Sony.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Templar_Dante

    Lmao. Oh, so we’re taking pics and making assumptions and throwing out all the praise the DS4 has gotten from both industry professionals like Dice’s Alan Kertz and every gamer, like us, thats held it, played with it worldwide? LOL.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. wildBoar

    @4 Time will only tell how purposefully dumb people wanna be in this thread. Nothing to do but sigh however..

    Or actually it’s pretty hilarious. If their imaginations are so limited they can’t concieve how it’s possible to facilitate a mechanical design like that, then their birdbrains are really showing. ><

    Sometimes it feels like it's the Westboro Church forums I'm arguing in ya know? Ah.. U gais.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. wildBoar


    #6 1 year ago
  7. derpachu

    Lol why shorter?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Xbone

    Who cares if its shorter? Its not like the old gamepad was very precise.
    Or any gamepad.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. VibraniumSpork

    Dat DS4.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. DrDamn

    Precision and control depends on a lot more than simply length of the stick (oo-eeer!). The issue with DS3 is resistance and convex tops for me. That sounds like it’s been addressed.

    The length of the stick should also be a measurement from the pivot not the top of the pad. The first picture shows that the ball part is lower as well.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Fin

    It’s a great article series.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. xxJPRACERxx

    With everything else equal, longer stick = more precision. Of course in this case we can’t make a direct comparison but I would have prefer they keep the longer stick.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Major Mayhem 70

    They do make an aftermarket stick extender for the DS3 and Xbox 360 controllers. The makers of these extenders do claim that it improves precision. I personally haven’t tried them so I can’t say if it works or not. Quite sure if you google it, you can find some sort of review on them.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Major Mayhem 70

    Here’s some reviews from Amazon concerning these extenders.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Major Mayhem 70

    If the link doesn’t work, just look up Kontrol Freek.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. gameoholic007

    @1&3- Wrong, shorter analog sticks can have the same, if not better precision than the longer ones. Shorter sticks also means less movement your thumbs have to make to do the same actions it would take on the DS3. Remember, the DS4 isn’t using the same analog mechanics that the DS3 is using, everything is pretty much new and improved in the controller. Don’t let your eye’s deceive you.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. xxJPRACERxx

    @16 Read my post, #12.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. pcbros

    @16 – “Shorter sticks also means less movement your thumbs have to make to do the same actions”

    Less movement is the keyword. If you have two identical controllers and the only difference is stick length, the longer stick would allow for more movement, which equals more precision.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Legendaryboss

    My stick is bigger than your stick :P

    #19 1 year ago

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