PlayStation Announce the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment

By Heidi Nicholas,
PlayStation have announced the Back Button Attachment for the DualShock 4 today. It adds "more versatility and performance" with two responsive back buttons and an OLED Screen. It'll be out in the US and Canada on January 23rd, for $29.99 USD/$39.99 CAD. It seems to be aimed particularly at competitive gamers, as the two programmable back buttons will "utilize more of your hand to shorten your response time" and will ultimately allow for more flexibility.

The attachment is made up of two responsive back buttons and a high-fidelity OLED screen, and can be attached to any DualShock 4 wireless controller. The back buttons can map up to 16 actions, including R1 and R2, triangle, and circle, whilst the OLED screen displays the button assignments and a profile. There's a button specifically dedicated to remapping back button inputs as you go, and you can also save three different profiles to use in different games. The attachment also includes a headset pass-through for 3.5mm wired headsets to be connected to the controller. PlayStation players have been quick to wonder what this means about the PlayStation's DualShock 5. Whilst Microsoft unveiled their previously-named Project Scarlett at last week's Game Awards, Sony have yet to give any concrete details about the PlayStation 5 or the DualShock 5. Players are wondering whether this attachment could indicate that the DualShock 5 will have an in-built back button, or whether it'll be available separately, or whether this attachment will be compatible. Some PlayStation players have noted on Twitter that this attachment could have other benefits, such as making gaming more accessible for those with disabilities, especially since Sony don't yet seem to have an equivalent to Xbox's adaptive controller.

We've yet to see what this'll mean for the PS5 or DS5, but we'll keep you updated.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!