DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment Review

Since the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 era, there have been an increasing number of controllers aimed at serious competitive gamers. The third-party pads are nothing new, although many of these pro options have come with additional features and enhancements, aimed primarily at hardcore fans of online shooters.

One of the most interesting innovations, which can be specifically linked to Scuf Gaming, is the use of padded paddles on the back of the controller. These programmable buttons involve your middle finger – or ring finger, if you prefer a more unorthodox grip.

Now, thanks to Sony's release of an official back button accessory, you can enhance the versatility of your DualShock 4 without splurging on 100+ for a high-end upgrade.

Although it is not completely discreet, this accessory snaps perfectly onto the chassis of the DS4, plugging into the connector port and the audio jack. The configuration literally takes only a few seconds with the power coming from the DualShock 4 itself, which means that there are no batteries to replace.

The idea behind these back buttons is to eliminate even the smallest fraction of downtime by moving your thumbs between the sticks and the face buttons. So, when you are locked in a tense gun battle during a Modern Warfare or Rainbow Six Siege match, assigning actions such as reloading and squatting these paddles means that you do not loosen your grip on the right stick and potentially miss a shot.

Programming the two buttons is very simple. The attachment of the back button to an integrated OLED touchscreen that lights up when in use, allowing you to swap and customize three separate profiles. When editing a profile, all you need to do is keep hitting the paddles until the button on the screen matches the one you want.

The buttons themselves are perfectly designed in terms of shape and comfort. It will change from person to person, but for me, they hide rather naturally under the upper joint of my middle fingers, positioned in such a way that I rarely press them by mistake.

Adapting the use of these rear buttons will not be easy for some. For those who have clocked hundreds of hours on their favorite console shooters, remember to use a new button (a previously unused finger) to reload a weapon instead of instinctively typing with your thumb requires adjustment.

As someone who is constantly changing between different games and genres, I wasn't entirely convinced that attaching the back button was worth it. However, since this new add-on was added to my pad, I've gotten into the habit of analyzing the layout of the controllers and seeing which buttons would be the best to duplicate on both palettes.

One configuration to which I gravitate is to have any type of sprint programmed on the right button. So whether it's Nioh, The Last of Us or For Honor that I'm playing (which all use different inputs for this action), I now have a universal button that is also more easily accessible.

Meanwhile, I also have more specific game configurations. As a big fan of Siege, I used the two buttons to tilt left and right while targeting views instead of having to click on L3 and R3. Again, there is a small mental hurdle to overcome when using the rear button attachment, but it has now become a permanent part of my PS4 configuration.