Although you will be hard pressed to find a launch edition of the PS4 or Xbox One at any of your local retailers, hope might not be lost for those next-gen consoles’ controllers. Pre-orders for the Xbox One and PS4′s controllers have opened, but act fast as they might sell out just as quickly as their respective consoles.
Amazon has the listing for the PS4 controller, which will retail for $60 in the US. That’s not bad for the Dualshock 4, but it’s still a lot to ask for second controller. Although it isn’t implicitly mentioned, it can be assumed that the Dualshock 4 comes with a USB cable for recharging.
Microsoft’s Xbox One controller, on the other hand, carries the same $60 price tag, but that is only for the controller with a battery pack. Gamers that want the much more useful “Play and Charge” controller will have to pay $75. The controller is available for pre-order on Microsoft‘s web store.
Gamers that want an extra charge kit for their Xbox One controller, however, can purchase one of those for $24.99. It’s obviously a smarter move to go for the “Play and Charge” kit right off the bat, but those will presumably sell out faster than the vanilla wireless controller.
We have also learned that the Xbox One chat headset, which uses a new proprietary connection, will retail for $24.99. At one point the headset was supposed to come pre-packaged with the Xbox One console, but that is reportedly not the case.
Both the PS4 and the Xbox One controllers are bringing new features to the table, some offer better functionality while others are simply for whiz-bang appeal. The PS4 controller, for example, boasts a color-changing light bar that can be used as a HUD indicator and doubles as a sensor for the PlayStation Eye. The Dualshock 4 also has a new “Share” button, which allows gamers to instantly pop into the XMB and post screenshots or video.
Not to be outdone, the new Xbox One controller features force feedback triggers. The Xbox One can also share video and livestream gameplay, but those features are not programmed into the controller per say. In this case, Microsoft is applying the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” to their controller design. Well, except for the new headset port, which is a bummer.
So, in addition to pricing for the next-gen consoles themselves, we also know how much their most important peripherals will cost as well. Both Sony and Microsoft have bumped up their asking price a smidge — Microsoft more so than Sony — but this is only for launch pre-orders (presumably), and with the hope that the consoles will be in very high demand.
As well, those launch titles with heavy multiplayer components like Killer Instinct, Forza 5, or Call of Duty: Ghosts might be enough to convince gamers to pick up a second controller now rather than be left empty handed this fall.
Will you be pre-ordering an extra Xbox One or PS4 controller? How about a Xbox One headset?