Microsoft's Xbox One has been under a lot of scrutiny since the next-generation console was unveiled in May. Now, the Redmond, Wash., company has reversed course on many of its original Xbox One policies and recently announced that the console will no longer require the Kinect motion sensor to stay connected in order to perform.
Microsoft backtracked on certain policies in June, citing customer feedback that criticized policies requiring regular online authenticity checks to play games offline and restricted what players could do with gamers after purchase. Despite the shift, Microsoft doesn't appear to be converting Sony PlayStation 4 fans, who seem to significantly prefer the Japanese company's new console and controllers over the Xbox 360 successor, according to a recent poll.
Polar, a company that specializes in conducting polls, said it appears that gamers favor the PS4's controller by about a 3-to-1 margin. One poll asks whether gamers prefer the PS4 DualShock 4's triggers or the Xbox One's triggers. To this point, 2,147 participants have voted in favor of the DualShock 4's triggers, while 743 gamers indicated that they favor the Xbox One's controller. For what it's worth, the DualShock 4's triggers appear to stick out slightly, which could make it harder for your fingers to slip off them, even if your hands are sweaty.
A second poll found that gamers overwhelmingly favor the appearance of the DualShock 4's trigger over the Xbox One's controller. As of this writing, the former has 2,111 votes, while the latter has 700. A third poll showed that gamers favor the DualShock 4's integrated touchpad to the Xbox One controller's rumbling triggers by a margin of 2,206 to 688.
A feature that's likely swaying many gamers to the PS4 and DualShock 4 is the controller's Share button, which allows gamers to easily stream and share their gameplay experiences on Facebook and UStream. Xbox One gamers will also be able to stream and share gameplay, though the PS4 can record up to 15 minutes of gameplay. The Xbox One can only muster five minutes of gameplay right now but that could change considering Microsoft's previous flexibility.
Is the PS4 controller really that much better than the Xbox One's trigger? The Share button alone could make it a hit, but we won't know for certain until both controllers are put to the test. Both consoles will likely launch prior to Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, but the exact release dates have yet to be announced. The Xbox One is expected to sell for $499, while the PS4 will start around $399.
What do you think of the PS4 and Xbox One controllers? Do you think these polls accurately reflect public opinion? Sound off in the comments below.
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