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PlayStation 5 Is Swapping X And O Buttons Around In Japan

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PlayStation 5 Is Swapping X And O Buttons Around In Japan

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.

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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.


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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.

Featured Image Credit: Sony

Topics: PlayStation 5

Ewan Moore
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