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The Sony DualShock 4 vs the TCP Ultimate II: Which is the Best PS4 Controller?

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You deserve nothing but the best PS4 controller, which, for most people, is the PlayStation 4’s default controller, the Sony DualShock 4.

And, why not? The Sony DualShock 4 is good enough as it is. It’s rather affordable, reliable, and comes literally with everything you need to play video games. But, to say that it is the best PS4 controller is probably stretching it.

Compared to other premium controllers, the Sony DualShock 4 lacks a number of added features, including but not limited to remappable buttons, interchangeable analog button heights, and more.

This, thus, brings us to the question, which is the best PS4 controller?

Is it Sony’s champion, the oldie but goody, Dualshock 4? Or is it our tournament-ready controller, the TCP Ultimate II, the better choice?

What’s the Difference Between the Two Controllers?

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As basic as it is, the Sony DualShock 4 is arguably the best PS4 controller in the market today, with the TCP Ultimate II cleverly using its design as its base to make improvements that can help gamers take their game to the next level.

The TCP Ultimate II is a premium tournament-ready controller meant to be used by professional gamers — people who play video games for a living.

Because of this, it comes with a totally different feature set on top of what the standard DualShock 4 already offers that makes it different. Although Sony did a wonderful job with the DualShock 4 and it should be enough for most people, which is also why we used its design as the base for our custom PS4 controller, the default PS4 controller just isn’t the best PS4 controller for a very specific set of users.

That’s where the TCP Ultimate II comes in.

Here are some of the key differences between the DS4 and the TCP Ultimate II:

  • Size (16.2 cm x 5.2 cm x 9.8 cm vs 20 x 20 x 10 cm)
  • Weight (210g vs 450g)
  • Price (£40.00 vs £115.00)

In addition to this, the TCP Ultimate II comes with a wide slew of added features features. This includes Remappable ClickSticks on the back of the controller for a more ergonomic, comfortable, customized gaming experience; an Interchangeable Analog System that allows you to change the height of the thumbsticks depending on the situation and your preference; Spring Stop Triggers for faster shooting speeds in FPS titles; a removable Splash Grip for extra grip during those tense moments during gameplay; and finally, a removable DexiDisk, which makes pressing the D-Pad on your DS4 effortless and easier, while also allowing for easier transition of movement from one direction to another.

What Makes the TCP Ultimate II the Best PS4 Controller

The features that we highlighted may not mean anything to you. Or, at least, not yet anyway.

But, as you’ll soon learn, there’s a reason why we consider the TCP Ultimate II as the best PS4 controller.

Spring Stop Triggers

The TCP Ultimate II comes with Spring Stop Triggers that are unique to The Controller People. You can set the triggers manually to 2 different heights, or you can choose to remove them completely.

What are these triggers for, you may ask? Mainly, for FPS games. Using the SSTs can help you improve your shooting speeds in FPS titles and allow you to fire more rapidly and more consistently. For example, if you lower the height of your SSTs, that means they take less time to bounce back to their standard position and allow you to fire a fraction of a second faster than before. This might not sound like much, but in high-tension and competitive environments, a split second is all it takes to separate the winners from the losers.

Remappable ClickSticks

Found at the back of the TCP Ultimate II are extra buttons known as ClickSticks.

You can customize these ClickSticks depending on your preferences and what’s more comfortable for you. For example, you can remap one of the back paddles to serve as X instead, allowing you, in some games, to jump without having to remove your thumb from your analog stick.

This is just one of the many examples and advantages a player using a TCP Ultimate II can have over others who are using the standard DS4 controller.


The removable DexiDisk is a very underrated feature of the TCP Ultimate II.

Although most players who prefer to use the original D-pad of the DS4, putting the DexiDisk on top does have a lot of advantages. For starters, it makes pressing the directional buttons so much easier. This si great for FPS titles where you can use the D-pad to go to every direction, including diagonal, which isn’t the easiest thing to do when there are literally only four directions on the default D-pad.

TCP Ultimate II = Best PS4 Controller

As illustrated earlier, the TCP Ultimate II has far more features than the ones we highlighted that make it arguably the best PS4 controller in the market today.

At the end of the day, however, it’s all up to personal preference.

What one player considers as the best PS4 controller for themselves may not necessarily be the same for you. In this case, for players who need the extra competitive advantage will definitely benefit from investing on a TCP Ultimate II. But, it’s not just professional gamers who could use the TCP Ultimate II.

The TCP Ultimate II is simply a more superior PS4 controller in every way that it’ll be hard for you to go back to using the DualShock 4 controller once you get used to it.

Of course, the Sony DualShock 4 is plenty enough. As it is, it’s much better suited for the average consumer, especially when you consider that it costs less than half of the TCP Ultimate II.

If you’re looking for an upgrade, however, look no further than the TCP Ultimate II.

Do you think that the TCP Ultimate II is the best PS4 controller? Or is the Sony DualShock 4 still the more viable option? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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