Sony’s head of product planning department has revealed that the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 pad went through some original designs that resembled the Xbox 360 controller.
Speaking during an interview with GamesBeat, Toshimasa Aoki revealed that the initial design was born the popularity of the 360 pad among shooter fans.
“For the analog sticks, we did test having the analog sticks on top, since the Xbox has the left side on top [above the D-pad]. Especially from the shooter teams — we got feedback that that’s what they wanted. They knew that consumers liked the 360 for shooters.
“The feedback from the user test team said that we needed to test this version, the Xbox version, and this version. [But having the two sticks symmetrical on the left and right sides] is kind of in our DNA. The prototype team, myself, and also the management team really felt that having this look is the PlayStation look, and we had to keep that.”
PS4 is due out in the U.K. and Europe on November 29 and in North America on November 15.