PlayStation’s DualShock 4 Gets Beefy With New Back Button Attachment

About time now. After years of being eschewed in favour of third-party controllers with back buttons, PlayStation will finally be launching a new DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment.

This attachment adds “two programmable and highly tactile back buttons”, which aims to streamline your response time when playing competitive titles such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends and Overwatch on the PS4.

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They’re attached to the bottom of the DualShock 4 by way of the “ext” port (which finally sees a rare use) and the 3.5mm jack. If you’re concerned about not being able to jack in your wired headset, fret not as there’ll be another 3.5mm jack located at the bottom.

These buttons also come with an OLED screen, which displays the current user profile you’ve mapped it the buttons to (you can save up to 3 profiles and switch between them by simply pressing on the screen). You’ll be able to program up to 16 different functions across both buttons, which allows for a super-flexible button mapping that was only previously possible on third-party controllers.

Speaking of which, those who own a Scuf or Razer Raiju controller will no doubt be shaking their heads at this. Oh well.

In any case, the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment will launch in the US and Canada on January 23, 2020, and will retail for US$29.99 / C$39.99. For now, we’re not sure as to when it will release outside of the US and Canada.