Have The Dualshock 4 Shoulder Buttons Been Renamed?

Since the PlayStation 4’s initial reveal, the Dualshock 4 has been a major focus of the system. Taking PlayStation into the next-gen, the DS 4 features several changes to a controller that has otherwise stayed the same over the past few generations. Noticeable changes include the removal of the “start” and “select” buttons to accommodate brand new “share” and “option” buttons. What’s more, a speaker, lightbar, headset jack, and a touch pad/button have all been added. There are also some ergonomic changes too which have really led to high praise of the controller from the gaming industry and community worldwide.

One of those important changes that PlayStation has implemented is the design of the shoulder buttons. With the popularity of the Xbox 360’s controller design over the last gen, touting real bumpers and triggers, similar designs have been implemented on the Dualshock 4. The DS4 now has triggers and bumpers instead of the buttons we have become accustomed to from the days of the first PlayStation controller known simply as: R1, R2, L1, L2.

In fact, as it stands now, the Dualshock 4 has been shown with shoulder buttons, “R1, R2, L1, L2” as can be seen in the image below (click to enlarge):

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Still, with that said, if recent PS4 Assassin’s Creed IV screens (released today) are any indication, it seems that the control scheme may be leaning a little more toward the Xbox 360 naming as well. As seen below, what would usually be R1 and L1 are now named “RB” and “LB” on the multiplayer UI (click to enlarge).

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In addition, while they may not be referring to them by official name, the buttons have been called “triggers” by devs a lot more instead of R2, L2 as they have been called in the past.


Designs and names can always change before the release of the PS4, but so far we have heard no official word on if that is the case for the Dualshock 4’s buttons. Did Ubisoft just make a blunder? Or is PlayStation changing the Dualshock 4’s shoulder buttons to something along the lines of “RB, RT, LB, LT”? Time will tell.

Some PlayStation gamers who have noticed this change say that it may take them a bit of time to get used to the name change if it’s true. How about you? How would you feel if PlayStation changes the name of the shoulder buttons on the PS4’s Dualshock 4? Sound off in the comments below.



2 Responses to “Have The Dualshock 4 Shoulder Buttons Been Renamed?”

  1. …I’m not entirely sure as to why they would do this. I understand the comparative analysis, but “L1/L2 & R1/R2” are ambiguous enough to stand a change in button functionality without renaming them (it’s literally just left and right, for Christ’s sake). It’s still the first left shoulder button and the second left shoulder button and so on and so forth; why complicate a decade-old standard?

    • I agreed. What if they add another shoulder button? It is confusing for me to figure out which Wii U shoulder button to be used. Picture help but the letter doesn’t at all.

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