Custom PS4 Controllers Are Pretty, But Are They Worth the Risk?

Letting someone tear open and tamper with your DualShock 4. Sounds like a great plan! ... Right?

The DualShock 4 controller is already a huge improvement over the DualShock 3 in terms of functionality and features. But if you feel like black is a little dull, may have a solution for you.

While full customization won’t be available for another few days, you can log on right now and get a pre-designed custom PS4 controller. In the coming days you’ll be able to fully customize every aspect of your DualShock 4 controller, much like you already can with your PS3, Xbox 360, and soon, your Xbox One controllers as well.

It's Cool, but Is This Really A Good Idea?


The idea of letting someone tear open and put back together a precious DualShock 4 controller is a little hard to stomach (especially with the launch issues some PS4 systems have had this week), but it’s hard to deny the beauty of that white IGN controller Greg Miller shows off in this video. If it’s possible to get your own personalized controller and have it look this good, I may have to consider it.

But is it truly worth the risk of your controller not working right simply to get a unique design? The DualShock 4 is a great controller, and the Xbox One controller is one of the best reasons for owning that console, so what happens if it breaks? What happens if it's not put back together correctly? What if the most important accessory for your console simply does not work? Will it have been worth it then? The precision aiming required in games like Killzone: Shadow Fall could be permanently ruined if the controller isn't done correctly.

Steaming Ahead

It does make me wonder, though. With the recently announced Steam Machines, I wonder if those controllers will be customizable. Those controllers are more unique than anything we've ever seen, so I would be even more wary about messing with one. The thumb pads seem like an especially novel and tricky idea, so I just don't think I could trust someone taking apart that controller and putting it back together again perfectly.

The prices for Evil Controllers are not cheap, beginning at $89.99 for a basic, pre-customized  design, but there are many different colors, designs, and even mods you can add, depending on how much you are willing to pay. From bright neons to solid bold colors, you can pretty much get anything you want, assuming the cost and risk are worth it to you.

Is a custom PS4 controller something you’d be interested in getting? Is it worth it to you to pay potentially double what the controller costs just it give it a unique design? Let me know below, and talk me into getting one, or side with me and let me know I'm not being paranoid.

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Published Nov. 16th 2013
  • dami3n00
    It's not hard work and they are fairly easy to dismantle. You just have to be quite careful. The pcb parts are a bit tough to put back in espically the touch pad, alot seem to not put it in properly and freak out. Need to make sure there in all the way and the right way! lol. Other than that they are almost identical to take apart like the ps3 controllers.

    Heres how I dismantled my own and added custom thumbsticks ps4 controller tear down
  • landen_5843
    Of course it is especially when you get one that has mods in it. that makes everyones day lol
  • Matt_3066
    I picked one up for my 360 from controller chaos a year ago. Ive never had any problems with it. I love the spent 9mm casings that replace the abxy buttons. I have all the mode as well but they are a bit cumbersome to use and the mod button is in a bad spot imo, I always push it during game play so I don't really use them. I'll def, be getting one for my ps4 but without the mode.
  • fifafofum66
    don't know what you are all worried about! im the kind of guy who likes to know my consoles inside and out! I did a full teardown of my ps4 before i had even plugged it in! As for the controllers they are a little more complex than previous versions but they are so well made inside and out you would have to be pretty heavy handed to break one! the touchpad is no concern either its only attached with one small ribbon and easily removed or replaced. I wouldnt shell out for customized one just do it yourself like i did, i put them cool bullet buttons in mine and chrome sprayed the d-pad and they look awesome! already upgraded to a 1tb hybrid hard disk so its case modding for me next ;)
  • AtelusGamer
    I've never had major concern with custom controllers in the past but the more complex and finely tuned touch pad would make me more nervous about it...
  • Destrolyn.Bechgeddig
    Featured Columnist
    I would imagine that Evil Controllers know what they're doing, and the in unlikely event of breaking or detrimenting a controller, would have a pretty robust post-sales care. Given that the price they're charging already greatly limits their market, means there's little margin for error.

    It would be madness to let some amateur hack go to town on some fairly complex equipment, and then tell their customer to b*gger offer afterwards! 0.o

    But then, madness infects gaming like an errant monkey with anger management issues :/
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I was just thinking that too, if they are going to charge me $85-$110 for a controller, it better work better then any controller I've ever had.
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    If I had the money, I would probably pay to get a unique design on my controller. Obviously, I'd wait a bit until there are enough satisfied customers that have given their reviews on the matter.

    Now, going to the Steam Controller, it will be fully customizable, or as Valve announced it, "hackable" same as the Steam Machines; both devices are supposed -yes, keep that word in mind, "supposed"- to be build on a way that they are easy to assemble and disassemble so that players can "play" with them, we'll have to wait to see someone doing that though, as even the prototype doesn't have the pretty touch-screen there, but 4 ugly buttons to replace it

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