Sony surely bumped their heads very hard with the launch of the PS3. Not only did they once again release a controller that barely evolved sine the inception of the brand, but developers were left out in the cold. They had no say over where the PlayStation brand was heading, which is especially heartbreaking if you consider that the success of the PS1 came because of Sony listening to the requirements of developers. Move on to the PS4 and we’ve gone full circle.
Bungie’s head of community, Eric Osborne, has confirmed that they’ve had quite a big impact in the design of the Dualshock 4, and even some involvement of the overall console. Here’s what he had to say:
We really didn’t know where anybody was going, but it became really clear talking with Sony at the outset that their vision really aligned with where we wanted to go.
They worked with us, of course, on core systems and the controller itself – making it better for shooters, helping improve that for players, helping include and improve the social aspects of the game.
Kudos to Sony for once again embracing the developers and roping in one of the best FPS console developers to their platform. I think we can all agree that the PlayStation controller, up to release of the Dualshock 4, was never that great for the FPS genre.