PlayStation has a long history with gamers, entering the scene and becoming a real competitor to Nintendo and Sega in 1994 and has since become one of the most important figures in video games. one thing the system never had before though was a classic style gamepad remote.
Today though, that changes. PlayStation announced that a new, PS4 compatible wired gamepad will be released this holiday season 2017. PlayStation states that the gamepad is designed with younger gamers in mind. adjustments include a 40% reduction in overall size, a flat interface with a neutral design to compliment smaller hands, as well as a cable that actually connects into he system itself for easy plug-n-play abilities.
There are a few features that will be absent from the gamepad. There is no vibrate feature, light bar, motion controls, or onboard audio capabilities. To compensate for the lack of these features, the controller is priced at $29.99 USD.
Hori, the producer of the controller, states that the controller was built specifically for younger kids to accommodate a growing library of family-friendly titles. Recent game releases for the system, such as Yooka-Laylee and Crash Bandicoot: The N’ Sane Trilogy, show a possible trend in the direction of old-style platformers and a return to more family safe gaming selection. Advertising for the controller is definitely pushing in that direction, though it’s expected there is also a motive to try and capitalize on the older gamers who didn’t grow up on PlayStation and are more familiar with Nintendo’s line of gamepads for the retro systems and the continued releases of them for the Wii, Wii U, and Switch systems.