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Sony’s new PS4 controller was made for kids

by Brandon Russell | October 19, 2017October 19, 2017 3:00 pm PDT

Sony this week introduced a new controller specifically for kids. Dubbed the Mini Wired Gamepad, the controller features Sony’s patented blue and a design that’s more in line with something you’d use with a Super Nintendo—compared to the DualShock 4, the new controller is positively tiny.

According to Sony, the Mini Wired Gamepad is 40-percent smaller than the DualShock 4 and features a straighter design comfortable for children with smaller hands. Because the layout is different—there’s no touchpad—Sony says some inputs are simulated via the left and right thumbsticks.

You’ll notice the new controller doesn’t support Bluetooth, instead featuring a 10-foot cable. That was ostensibly done to keep the cost of the controller down—it retails for just $29.99. Sony says the controller’s low price makes it a great companion purchase for Knack 2, which the company recently released.

Other features missing from the controller include a light bar, stereo headset jack, speaker, or vibration motor. Still, the purpose of it is to provide younger audiences with a less complex controller that’s easier to use.

The Mini Wired Gamepad is set to launch in the U.S. and Canada this holiday season.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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