With all the news about the upcoming PlayStation 5, it seemed weird that there is news for the current PS4. Sony has announced a new official attachment for the PS4, the DualShock 4 Back Button attachment. It’s a customizable accessory that will be released in February 2020 for $29.99. You can check out its swanky reveal trailer below.
The DualShock 4 Back Button attachment slots into the controller’s headphone jack, and provides two extra touch pads on the back of the device which can be mapped to any of the 16 potential actions that can be traditionally performed via the game pad’s face buttons and triggers.
In addition, the Back Button features an in-built OLED Screen that presents real-time information on the assigned action for each of the touch pad buttons, while a headphone jack at the bottom of the attachment ensures you can still listen to your games free of background noise while playing.
PlayStation claims that the DualShock 4 Back Button is highly customizable, allowing you to create, save, and switch between three different profiles. You can swap between controller configurations depending on the game’s best suited for each play style.
The product releases on February 14, 2020 worldwide. You can read more information about the Back Button on the PlayStation Blog here.
The new attachment is curious for two reasons: (1) why drop a new attachment when a new console is slated for release that same year, and (2) will people spend an extra $30 for something that may, or may not, be backwards compatible with the upcoming PS5.
Some may notice that it is similar to the Xbox Elite Controller that has been out for a few years. The ideal that an attachment was needed for more complex gameplay is a bit overkill in regards to the PlayStation console. Even for the Xbox One, for that matter. Until we can get more information about the attachments life beyond the PS4, this may be in the bargain bin by next holiday.