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Square, Triangle, Circle, and? Sony settles PlayStation debate

Square, Triangle, Circle, and Cross, apparently. (Image source: Sony)
Square, Triangle, Circle, and Cross, apparently. (Image source: Sony)
Think you know the names of all the buttons on a PlayStation controller? Think again, according to Sony. Are you an X or Cross person?

What do you call the four circular buttons on a PlayStation controller? Square, Triangle, Circle and? There is a correct way according to Sony, and we have been getting it wrong for almost 25 years. Admittedly, we were unaware of the debate around the naming of the X button, but Sony has settled it.

The four icons should apparently be referred to by the shapes that they resemble. So, Square, Triangle, Circle and Cross. As eloquently described by @SIECrimson on Twitter, the button represents a Cross rather than an X, as the spaces between the edges of each parallel corner are equidistant from each other. If it were an X, then the vertical distances between corners would be greater than the horizontal ones.

So, it is settled, then? Well, Cross sounds weird to us, but probably so would anything if it had been referred to by a different name for almost a quarter of a century. Seemingly, the debate has people stirred up online, which you can read at your leisure here. Apparently, some people call the Square button "Box" too; who knew.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-09-11 (Update: 2019-09-11)
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