The share button on the PS4 was so nice everyone copied it

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Last generationLast generationLooking back on 2013-2020, the era of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Nintendo Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X all have something in common. It’s a controller button that allows you to take screenshots of your game quickly and easily. This feature feels like a long-standing obvious thing, but it first appeared on the PS4 in 2013. Since then, the share button has become one of the best features of the system and seems to be well established for this next generation.

When I first heard about the dedicated share button on the PS4’s new DualShock 4 controller, I wasn’t excited and didn’t really think about it. At the time, I thought it might be cool and useful for some people. Or it will be forgotten in a few years.

Surprisingly, and fairly quickly, the PS4’s share button has become one of the best console tricks. In contrast, the lack of one on the Xbox One felt like a mistake and a big oversight. In fact, the Xbox One was launched without taking any screenshots.That feature was finally patched to the console March 2015, More than a year since its release. Also, taking screenshots on the Xbox One has never been so easy. I had to double-tap the guide button and press the Y key. Then a guide was displayed, which became very complicated and put a shoehorn in the system. In comparison, with PS4, you could take a photo quickly and effortlessly with the tap of a share button.

With the launch of PS4, countless games have begun to be added in photo mode, allowing players to take stunning screenshots using the built-in screenshot tools and share buttons. This has led to the creation of a large and prosperous community of virtual photographers. It’s true that there was a way to take screenshots of PC and console games before the share button, but that made things a lot easier. Think about this. How many screenshots of the game did you take on your Xbox 360 or PS2? For most people, the answer is probably zero. By the way, I think you’ve taken a few screenshots of your PS4 and posted them on Twitter and Reddit.

Both the new Xbox controller (black) and the Google Stadia controller (white) have a share button.

Both the new Xbox controller (black) and the Google Stadia controller (white) have a share button.
image: Sony / Google / Kotaku

If Nintendo copies your idea, it’s a good sign that you’ve come up with something smart, smart, convenient, and good. And that’s exactly what happened. Nintendo has added its own version of the share button to the Nintendo Switch controller. Google has added a share button to the Stadia controller. Also, Microsoft’s latest console, the Xbox Series X, comes with a controller with a large share button in the middle.

At this point, it seems that the share button will appear in the near future. Like thumbsticks, triggers, and rumble motors, shared buttons have become a standard requirement for all future game controllers and consoles. And that’s great. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, making art creation and game image sharing very easy is good for games. It’s also easier than ever to talk about the game and share your experiences with other players. That’s why Sony’s PS4 touchpad and light bar were bust, but their share buttons were a huge success, renewing the way people interact with the game. It’s not a bad idea to push a little plastic into the middle of the gamepad.

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