In a move that has baffled and amazed in equal measure, Sony has announced a new add-on peripheral for the trusty DualShock 4 controller. The new add-on is called the Back Button Attachment, and no, it doesn’t add a ‘back’ button, but instead buttons on the back of the controller. Nifty, eh?
The Back Button Attachment connects to any DualShock 4 controller via the ports on the bottom of the gamepad and then sits around the backside. It adds two paddle-like buttons to the DualShock 4, which can be assigned whatever controller input you like. Fancy having R2 and L2 on the paddles? You can do that.
While it’s a nice addition, the real stand out head-scratcher here is the fact it comes with an OLED screen to display what buttons are being used for each paddle. The DualShock 4 is known for its ergonomics and robust build quality, but its battery is severely lacking. Surely an extra screen attached to the controller isn’t going to help the situation, right?
The unit will go on sale across the world on February 14th, 2020. It’ll cost around £29.99/$29.99 and your local currency equivalent.
What’s really interesting is why this is being made at all. We’re nearing the end of the PlayStation 4’s life, and the PS5 is set to release in less than 12 months. My guess is that the DualShock 5 will ship with these extra paddles built-in to the gamepad’s design and that this add-on peripheral is Sony’s way of unifying the old with the new. It could mean, then, that our DualShock 4 controllers will be compatible with the PS5. Wouldn’t that be great? Each console generation has us paying through the nose for new consoles, new games, and new controllers. To take away one part of that cost would be brilliant, and it’d potentially mean fewer DualShock 4’s ending up in a landfill.
Source: PlayStation Blog