PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One controller size comparison

PlayStation 4 controller vs Xbox One
Here’s something that took us a bit by surprise: the PlayStation 4 controller apparently is quite a chunky one. The DualShock 4 is definitely larger than the previous PS3 controller, and larger than the Xbox One controller as well.

As the image above shows, there is a serious size different between the two next gen controllers. The DualShock 4 is both wider and taller than the Xbox One, although the button sizes seem to be relatively the same.

On the image below, you can see how the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 compares to PS3’s DualShock 3 controller. Again, the PlayStation 4 controller is larger, with larger grips and a wider design to accommodate the larger touchpad in the center. The PlayStation 4 controller also has a built-in speaker and head-set port, which take up some space.

It all comes down to how the controller feels in the hands of the gamer, and we’ll have to wait until this Fall to find out.

PlayStation 4 controller vs PS3 controller

Source: Imgur (1, 2)

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  • Mikeike54


    • dividsmythe

      Your last in line for brains. ;D

  • Nothing5555

    Don’t hate me for this but I think the XBONE’s controller looks better than the Dualshock 4.

    • bizzy gie

      The bumpers and grips look a little odd, but I upvoted you.

      • Nothing5555

        Thanks for the up vote. While looks are one thing, once we get our hands on these controllers then we will know which “feels” better.

    • Inviable Gaming

      I completely agree

    • Rémy Özkan

      Hum for me Xbox One’s controller look a bit cheapy, full of plastics which seems to not be of the first quality.

      • Vincent M. Lenzi

        the dualshock 4 is all plastic also

    • to tell u the truth for some reason in this picture i agree the dual shock 4 looks kind of worn out and shaped kind of funny. I think the 360 controller looks better then the xbox one’s but i think the Dual Shock 4 is best in looks but not in this pic

    • HustyparmenCZ

      Xbox 1 / again looks like giant black brick lol XD but you are nothing so no harm done 🙂

  • Just wanna point out how I was downvoted to hell when I said Sony needed to update the old look of the PS3 controller. Now, everyone is claiming this new pad is epic.

    Ummm… yeah. That is all. O_o

    • Nothing5555

      People couldn’t face the truth, lets face it the PS3 controller’s ergonomic design was still stuck in the psone days.

      • reecemnl

        if it isnt broke dont fix it

    • DoUbLeZz (Lydon)

      DUUUUDE Your totally correct!!! Its about damn time the controller recieved an overhaul its way beyound past due!!!XD Looks better than XBoNES to me thats for sure aswell! Not to mention even more innovation!!!

    • Vincent M. Lenzi

      I love the way the new dualshock looks, but I just cant deal with the awkwardness of the joysticks being right next to each other

  • bizzy gie

    The PS4’s controller is definitely better (and looks better if I might add). I’m glad it’s larger. That was the PS3 controller’s biggest complaint.

    I like how Sony is fixing all the problems people had with the PS3 (architecture, controller, online, etc.)

    Now there’s no reason to place Xbox over PlayStation (like how EVERYBODY did this past gen).

    • dividsmythe

      I didn’t I just couldn’t get used to holding a brick in my hands. DS3 is comfortable to me. The only problem I have with DS3 is convex analogue sticks. BTW I do also have big hands.

      • bizzy gie

        Yep. Now they made the controller bigger and the triggers concave with better grips. They also spaced out the triggers so your fingers can’t run into them.

        They solved literally every issue with the PS3 controller.

    • Nintendofreak

      being honest both controller look ugly but i have always preferred the dualshock ove the xbox one…first the analog stick are in a weird position, the controller look like a cheap gamecube controller ( if u know what i mean)… and i never really had any issues with the dualshock other than it got kinda small for my hands as i got older

  • Metal_Man_v2

    I like the PS4 controller and I’m interested in the touch pad, but as far as aesthetics go, I prefer the PS3 controller. I have large hands, but I never had a problem with the controller feeling small.

  • TomDobo

    I like the way xbone has not changes much. Xbox has always had the better pad imo

  • Sora Morp

    although ps4 is better..I guess I’m alright witht he controller look

  • Sqarticus

    Dualshock 4 kinda just looks like a puffy dualshock 3 with a touchpad. But the angles on the xbone controller look uncomfortable as hell…they’re about the same IMO

  • Madmagican

    I wanna see them next to a Wii U gamepad for a better idea of size… maybe next to some type of measurement like a ruler?

    • Budew

      Hope it’s not too small o_O
      I’m so used to the Gamepad by now, that I always feel like everything else’s too small for my hands (wich already aren’t the biggest). But in comparison with DS3 I think it’s a good size I guess (DS3 was small, but didn’t feel as awkward as playing with my PSP after 3months with MH3U)

      • Madmagican

        Yeah, I definitely agree; I’m so used to the Gamepad’s size that when I went back to play my SNES the controller almost felt microscopic

  • Jose Pacheco

    There aren’t lots of things going on on the xbox1 controller. Now in the other head look at that ps4 controller look real close and open your eyes!

  • ImperialAgent

    I don’t think its the best picture of the ds4 tbh. In a way they both kinda look a bit odd.. . I think the ds4 has a kinda coolness to it, it has its own look. I think the xbox controller looks pretty bad… kinda geeky… in fact it actually looks quite like the original massive xbox controller (just much smaller). It definitely looks worse than the current 360 controller.

  • ImperialAgent
  • therealruben1

    It would have been cool if they also showed the wii u pro controller

  • ATherohatch

    the dualshock 4’s raised touch screen makes it look so ugly

    • HustyparmenCZ

      go play mario 158 bit.. 🙂

  • Ernesto Avilez

    WOW!! The playstation controller is wider than the xbox one controller.

  • Just Randy

    personally something about the ps4 controller looks so comfy. but to be honest both controllers look like they had been handled quite a bit. Every time i see the xbox one controller, it reminds me of some kinda space ship.

  • Will.F. Martinez

    Don’t really care much bout the size as long as it feels right when i’m playing a game.

  • nicki

    to control Xbox one controller is difficult than PlayStation 4 because both camera and person controlling sticks are far from other and using it, your left hand would be abovw your left hand and it still dosent contain share button and the edges of it (below) will make it difficault to take