The next step of PlayStation towards console-gaming domination is getting its gamepads in tinier hands. In order to do that, it has collaborated with Hori, a vaunted accessory-maker, on the Mini Wired Gamepad for the PlayStation 4. Sony states that the controller is 40% smaller than the standard DualShock 4, and, honestly, a majority of that size difference probably came from chopping off the handles of the DS4. Also, the gamepad’s 10-foot cables should be long enough to reach most couches.
No buttons were left out in the shrinking process. However, the blog post of Sony makes it seem like even though there is a touchpad button, it would not have the actual touchpad input. “Certain
“Certain touch pad inputs can be simulated via the left or right sticks,” reads the post.
Sony has since been reached out to for more details regarding their blog post.
Furthermore, the gamepad lacks the light bar of its bigger brother, speaker, 3.5mm headset jack, motion control and haptic feedback. So, while it should be okay for Knack 2 co-op sessions or light indie games, as the blog post suggests, it is not a 1:1 duplicate of the DS4 in terms of functionality. It will be exclusively available in blue for $30 – half the price of the DS4 – this coming holiday season.