You probably know that Sony allows third parties to make official DualShock controllers for PlayStation 4. Well, the weirdest one yet has been designed by Hori, a Japanese accessory company. You have to turn it upside-down to use it.
It’s obviously quite cute, but the designers who came up with this weird controller had function in mind along with form. There is a dedicated charging base for the controller, rather than just a micro-USB charge port.
Those micro-USB ports are notoriously finicky. They are hard to connect, and overly sensitive controllers can react through random button pushes when they are plugged in or unplugged (this is a design flaw, but it is a notoriously common one). So the dedicated charging base on the Hori controller actually is a design upgrade over the traditional controller. Pretty cool—let’s hope Sony learns from this!