The PlayStation 4 Controller Is Getting Back Buttons

The Dualshock 4 is getting an attachment that provides programmable back-of-the-controller buttons in January.
December 17, 2019, 3:27pm
A new attachment for the Dualshock4 adds a button for the back of the controller
Photo courtesy of Sony

Do you love Gran Turismo but hate using the face buttons to shift? Do you long for programmable buttons on your Dualshock 4? Sony announced an answer to both desires today—a back button attachment for the Dualshock 4. It puts two new buttons on the pack of the controller, in easy reach of where your fingers naturally curl to grip the controller.

The attachment slides onto the bottom of the controller, fitting into the place reserved for the microphone. The buttons are programmable, allowing for sixteen different combinations of buttons across three different profiles. An OLED screen in the middle tells the player what profile and what combination they’re on.

A boon for people looking for more customization, Sony’s slightly kludgy-looking back button attachment still falls short of Microsoft’s Elite controllers—which players can fully customize, come with option steel components, switches, and various D-Pad options. However, the Elite Wireless 2 also costs $179.99. Sony’s Dualshock attachment only costs $29.99 and it launches on January 23.