Hori is well-known for releasing quality gaming accessories and controllers. The company will launch a brand-new, officially licensed controller for the PS4 next week dubbed the “Onyx.” No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This upcoming PS4 controller totally, purposefully, looks like an Xbox controller.
Before going into the design, let’s talk about what the controller features. As stated over on the PlayStation Blog, the Onyx controller has all core controls and direct Bluetooth connectivity. It has a touch pad, dual vibration motors, and asymmetrical analog sticks. Hori’s Andrew Mason says this controller’s design “makes it easier than ever for gamers to find a controller that suits their unique playstyle.”
Besides the touchpad, everything else about the Onyx screams “Xbox.” There have been many other PS4 controllers with asymmetrical sticks (even some from Hori), but that isn’t the only thing that makes the controller Xbox-like. The broad design, d-pad shape and placement, and the shoulder triggers are all evocative of an Xbox controller. Specifically, the Xbox One. I suppose if you’re going to draw inspiration from a controller, the Xbox One controller isn’t a bad one to go off of.
While I prefer PlayStation controllers over Xbox controllers (that symmetry, baby!) I will admit to having a soft spot for the Xbox One’s controller. It reminds me a lot of the Dreamcast controller in terms of size and heft. Given how the Xbox One controller feels better when playing shooting games, I’d certainly like to try Doom or Destiny 2 on PS4 using the Onyx.
Hori’s Onyx controller will be available on January 15. The controller was revealed on Sony’s European site so it’s unclear if it will also release in North America on that same date. We’re not sure how much the Onyx will sell for either. I suppose we’ll find that out next week.