The PS4 pad's delicately-curved prongs pour into the hands like warm cream, while at the same time maintaining a meaty heft and satisfying provocation for the grip. Fully, rounder, altogether more bountiful at their ends, they provide a sense of blunt, almost domineering power while also reassuring with a soft, almost submissive sense of safety. The controller’s touch is an invigorating, shocking, but ultimately soothing experience.
The Xbox One's grips reach out to the hands with all the warmth of a strong handshake from an old friend, yet possess the sturdy, imposing, enduring solidity of an ancient monolith carved by masterful druids long-since lost to the mists of time. Robust, forthright and confident, yet disappearing into one's hands as if shadow, the Xbox One controller has the raw, primal power of a barbarian alongside the svelte subtlety of a ninja.