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Earlier in the week, the PlayStation UK Twitter account proved to be the catalyst in a shocking debate that threatened to rip the gaming world asunder like a wet napkin when it dared to suggest that the southernmost button on the DualShock controller - known by most as the "X" button - was in fact called the "Cross" button, and always had been.
Neighbour turned against neighbour as the debate raged on. Some argued that they'd always known the button was a "Cross" because the rest of the buttons on a PlayStation pad are shapes, while others suggested that, geometrically speaking, it was impossible for the "Cross" to be considered as such and could only ever be an "X".
As the dust started to settle it became clear that, despite PlayStation obviously being the official voice on the subject, the majority would not kowtow to the revelation, and would continue to refer to the button as "X". 81 percent of the 135,000 users who responded to PlayStation's Twitter poll on the matter suggested as much, anyway.
Just when we thought it was all over, Xbox decided yesterday to enter the fray and open up the wound before it had even properly healed. Clearly spotting an opportunity to cash in on something that would get people talking, the savvy folk behind the Xbox Twitter account opted to celebrate National Video Game Day with a post that was a clear reference to the "X/Cross" debacle.
"No matter what you call it, one thing that unites us all is the X button," Xbox wrote in a post accompanied by a picture showing the Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation controllers, as well as a keyboard. I'd never actually considered it before, but the X button actually is the one constant across all platforms.
Of course, an argument could be made that it's more prudent to refer to the buttons on Switch and Xbox controllers as "X" because the other buttons are also all letters, whereas the other buttons on a PlayStation pad are shapes... but for the sake of consistency we really should just refer to it as "X" across all consoles. Why should PlayStation be the awkward outlier? Hopefully the official Crossbocross Twitter account has been able to put this matter to bed once and for all, because I'm bored of writing about it already.
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