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Sony has a new PlayStation 4 controller coming out in time for the holidays. And this one has been designed with younger gamers in mind. It’s called the Mini Wired Gamepad, and it’s a very different proposition than its full-sized cousin, the Dualshock 4. It’s a lot cuter, for starters.
PlayStation controllers have split opinion over the years, and have been compared unfavorably to Xbox controllers. However, the Dualshock 4 that is standard on the PlayStation 4 has proved popular with everyone. Everyone except people with smaller hands. Or children, as I believe they’re called.
Designed to Fit Smaller Hands
This has prompted Sony to officially license a new, smaller controller by accessory-maker Hori. The Mini Wired Gamepad is “designed to fit smaller hands while providing the same great gaming experience”. And while it hasn’t been forged by Sony, the company has given it its seal of approval.
The Mini Wired Gamepad is 40 percent smaller than the Dualshock 4, is easy to grip, and comes with a 10-foot cable, so that kids don’t have to worry about charging it up. Unfortunately, the smaller size means you lose the light bar, stereo headset jack, speaker, dual motors, and motion sensor.
A small button has replaced the touchpad, with Sony stating that “certain touchpad inputs can be simulated via the left or right sticks”. As a result of this, the Mini Wired Gamepad is only “compatible with most PS4 games”. Which inevitably means it’s not compatible with certain PS4 games.
An Attractive Purchase for Parents
The Mini Wired Gamepad is set to be available in the United States and Canada in time for the holidays. And it’s priced at a very reasonable $29.99 USD / $39.99 CAD. This makes it an attractive purchase for anyone with kids keen to play PS4, or for adults with smaller-than-average hands.
Do you own a PS4? Do you like the Dualshock 4 controllers? Or do you find them uncomfortable to hold for long periods? Are you interested in the Mini Wired Gamepad? Do you like the size, the price, the layout, or the whole package? Please let us know in the comments below!