PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad Preview
Sony is Going After The Young Kids
The Sony PlayStation franchise has not always been the best choice for young gamers, because of a more advanced library of games and a more complicated interface to learn. Nintendo has always been the choice for the youth, but Sony is hoping to change this with the surprise release of the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad. Taking a que from the simplistic design of the Nintendo Classic controller, the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad is a completely new take on the classic dual analog controller that has followed each generation of PlayStation console since the original.
An Entirely New Design:
The Mini Wired Gamepad brings a whole new design philosophy to the PlayStation, putting this controller right in the hands of a younger gamer or someone who just wants something different. This controller is 40% smaller than the traditional dual analog controller, and it brings with it a much more simplistic design. The dual analog sticks are still prominent on the unit, as are all of the other traditional PlayStation buttons. In order for Sony to be able to offer such a small unit, some features have been cut out such as a shock function. Nevertheless the new form factor is a much needed refresh, especially for small hands who have otherwise steered clear of the PlayStation because of its adult image.
Small But it Packs a Punch:
Functionality is everything, and with the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad you get a fully featured gamepad with a sturdy design and all of the bare bones features that you will need. This gamepad takes it back to the olden days, with a wired connection. This is a far cry from the modern wireless controllers, but on the plus side the cord length is 10-feet so there is plenty of extension for players to sit comfortably. The entire unit has very tactile button feedback, with very responsive joystick function as well. Offering the perfect combination of form factor and function the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad is actually a really impressive little gamepad, and one that even the dedicated enthusiast won't mind adding to their peripheral collection.
Sony Is Hoping To Appeal To a Younger Crowd:
There is no doubt that the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad is a much needed addition to the PS4 console. Being able to introduce younger gamers to a simplistic controller is essential in the lifespan of a console, and Sony recognizes that their current controller setup might be a little too advanced for younger gamers to figure out. Upon testing out this unit I was very impressed by the build quality, and the fact that this unit is pretty stellar and tactile even on more advanced titles. Overall a very solid peripheral that adds a new aspect of gameplay control to the PS4 with a controller that brings back classic functionality and a lightweight simplistic design.
The Controller of The Future:
Well, maybe not the future. But, the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad is a blast from the past. Coupling modern gameplay features in a snazzy retro design, to create something of a cult classic controller. I let my five year old take this controller for the day and he was instantly drawn to the bright blue color, and he took to the controls like a duck. The small form factor makes this controller fit right into tiny hands very easily, and I could see first hand how much of a difference this can make in the gameplay functionality of some games. Sony is ahead of their time as no other game company has actually put younger children first with a new product release, and they are hoping that their investment pays off.
Where to Buy:
The PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad will be released on 12/31, sometime after Christmas unfortunately. This gamepad is sold at most national retailers and it can be preordered already from Target and Bestbuy. If you have young children who enjoy video games the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad is a must have peripheral that will add a whole new level of family enjoyment to your game console. While it is true that the PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad doesn’t feature the wireless functionality or shock function of the bigger controllers from Sony, it does take a simplistic design and stellar quality and combine them into one affordable unit. The PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad will retail for $29.99 and unfortunately it is only going to be released in blue at the launch date.