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Here's something I didn't actually know until today: In Japan, PlayStation controllers traditionally use the X button to cancel, and the O button to confirm. While some early titles here in the west followed the same logic, Sony eventually opted to standardise X as confirmation and O as cancellation round these parts, while Japan stuck to the original template.
It's been that way for four generations of PlayStation... but Sony has decided to change things up in a big way. Now that PS5 previews have started to be released into the wild, Japanese media has received official word that the X button will now be used around the world for the same function: confirmation. This means that local gamers now have to try and un-learn 25 years of muscle memory when the next-gen console releases in November. Unsurprisingly, people are less than thrilled with this development.
This change will (annoyingly) also align Japan with the rest of the world, where the Confirm button will differ depending on whether you're a Sony or Nintendo fan - and a world of hurt if you have both! :'- Kenji Iguchi (@needle_e) October 4, 2020
The circle button for confirm feels so much better once you get used to it. Especially since the A button on Nintendo systems are in the same place. pic.twitter.com/OgseR7CrUB- Lich Covenant (@Lyoncobalt) October 4, 2020
While it had been hoped that Japanese players would be given the option to reconfigure the buttons if they wanted to, a statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment seems to confirm that this will not be the case. Seems an odd move, no? I fully understand why Sony might want to streamline its controller logic, but after a quarter of a century you'd think players used to the old way would at least be given the ability to change the default option to something else.
The PlayStation 5 arrives in the UK on November 19th - hopefully without any sudden changes to 25-year-old conventions.
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Topics: PlayStation 5
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