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Sony announces PS4 controller with Back Button.

The Dualshock 4 controller is getting a revamp with it’s new Back Button Attachment coming in 2020.

We are coming to the end of the era of the PlayStation 4. And onto the era of the PS5 which will hit shelves by late 2020. However, Sony seems to still be holding onto the Playstation 4 for as long as it can until then. The company has announced a new accessory. It will add two customizable back paddle buttons to the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller called the Back Button Attachment.

What are the specs of the Back Button on the new PS4 controller?

The Back Button Attachment will include three buttons in total. Two are used to mimic other buttons on the controller. The third is embedded in an OLED screen. And helps you to program the buttons and cycle through three unique control schemes at a time. It connects at the small port on the bottom of the DualShock 4. And includes a pass through for the headphone jack. Basically you slap it on your remote via the 3.5mm connector. And you’ll be able to map “up to 16 different actions,” including every available button. It will also work with all games, including PlayStation VR titles.

This type of setup is usually for faster reaction time in shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and other competitive FPS. Plus, this addition of back buttons isn’t exactly unheard of, as the Xbox Elite Series 2 and Scuf controllers also have similar features. So, it’s a very strange time for PlayStation to launch a new controller accessory like this so late in the PS4’s life cycle. It could just be to improve accessibility or perhaps it’s an experiment for the PS5 controller?

Either way, you can read all about the features of the new controller on the PlayStation Blog. The device is coming out on January 23 in the U.S. and Canada. It will cost $30.

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