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Playstation 4: Dualshock 4 is extended by a back button extension

Console players can learn a new technical word: back button attachment or in English: back button attachment. It is one of Sony accessory developed for the Dualshock 4 – the gamepad of the Playstation 4 – with two largely freely programmable buttons. As an example, the manufacturer names the actions of the triangle, circle, R1 or R2 buttons. The buttons on the back should react particularly precisely to the finest inputs by the player.

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The levers are subtly reminiscent of the – really practical – paddles on the back of Microsoft's Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and accessories from third-party manufacturers.

However, a small OLED display is attached to the Sony attachment, which shows information about the assignment of the buttons.

According to Sony, the two buttons can be easily programmed by pressing another button. There are three occupancy profiles between which you should be able to switch back and forth quickly at any time. The adapter also has a 3.5 millimeter jack for wired headsets.

The back button extension is developed and marketed by Sony itself. It should work with all games for Playstation 4 and Playstation VR. The company says the ergonomics of the Dualshock 4 don't suffer from the accessory. No information on weight and energy supply is available to date.

The additional keys should be available in stores from February 14, 2020. In the United States, the official retail price is around $ 30 (excluding VAT), in Germany the price should be around $ 30. Sony has not yet revealed whether there will also be a backspace extension for the gamepad on the Playstation 5.

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