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Sony surprises with new Back Button OLED paddle accessory for the DualShock 4 controller

The new Sony DualShock Back Button attachment is coming January 23. (Source: Sony)
The new Sony DualShock Back Button attachment is coming January 23. (Source: Sony)
Sony has developed in an inventive, and much cheaper, solution to giving PS4 gamers a key feature from Microsoft’s expensive Elite Series 2 controller. The new Sony DualShock Back Button attachment for the DualShock 4 controller adds customizable paddles to the back the device for faster, more responsive gaming.
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Sony has surprised with the unexpected announcement of a new accessory for its DualShock 4 controller. Dubbed the Back Button, the new attachment plugs into the PS4 controller adding two customizable paddles to the rear of the controller. The device also incorporates a small OLED panel for allowing gamers to quickly see which button or trigger is mapped to which paddle.

The device adds a similar functionality that we have previously seen Microsoft introduce on its Xbox Elite controllers, including the new Elite Series 2 model. The Sony attachment, however, is much cheaper and doesn’t require the purchase of an additional controller. While a controller like the Elite Series 2 offers up to four paddles, the Sony Back Button only offers two paddles, but this is still great for sliding and jumping.

The key advantage of an attachment like this is that it allows gamers to leave their thumbs on the dual analog sticks without need to take them off to tap the buttons or other triggers (depending on configuration). In addition to the ability to save up to three profiles, a dedicated button on the rear allows users to customize the paddles on the fly.

The Sony DualShock Back Button attachment goes on sale in North America from January 23 for US$30.

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In addition to the paddles, an OLED display helps users customize functions on the fly. (Source: Sony)
In addition to the paddles, an OLED display helps users customize functions on the fly. (Source: Sony)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1229 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-12-18 (Update: 2019-12-18)