In what appears to be an April Fool’s joke revealed almost four months early, Sony has announced an odd-looking back button attachment for the PS4 controller. Officially known as the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment, it consists of two programmable buttons surrounding an OLED display. There’s even a headset pass-through for connecting any 3.5mm wired headset to the controller as well as the ability to save three different profiles for use in different games. Sony has outlined its key features in a post on the official PlayStation EU and US blogs.

PS4 DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment features

  • Responsive Back buttons and high-fidelity OLED screen: The two back buttons can map up to 16 different actions such as triangle, circle, R1 and R2 to name a few and provide amazing tactile feedback, so you can jump and slide without missing a beat. The attachment also features an integrated OLED display that provides real time information around button assignments.
  • Highly configurable: A dedicated button allows you to remap back button inputs on the fly, so you are always prepared no matter what game you’re playing. Furthermore, you can save and choose up to three different profiles for use in various games and there is also a headset pass-through for connecting any 3.5mm wired headset to the controller.
  • Developed by PlayStation:The product is tested and approved for all of your favourite PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR titles, and is built with the ergonomics of the Dualshock 4 in mind.

While it looks weird and wholly unnecessary, it serves to give diehard PS4 users an answer to Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Controllers that sport programmable back pedals albeit at a much lower price.

PS4 DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment release date and price

The PS4 DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment release date is January 23, 2020 in the US and February 14 in Europe for a price of $30 (around Rs. 2,100) and EUR 30 (close to Rs. 2,377) respectively.

PS4 DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment India price and release date

At this point in time Sony hasn’t confirmed an India price or release date. Usually, the firm lists its India wares a lot closer to launch and after ascertaining local demand. If it makes it here, we’ll only know close to launch. That said, we won’t be surprised if its released here at a later date due to potential BIS concerns. Furthermore, multiple retailers speaking to The Mako Reactor have suggested that the console giant’s DualShock 4 supply is a more immediate concern for the country rather than bringing in an accessory for it.

With all of what we know at the moment, it would be prudent to assume an India launch for the DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment if at all, would not be in line with the international release dates.