Sony Abandons Decades-Old Japanese Controller Logic for PS5

Sony Abandons Decades-Old Japanese Controller Logic for PS5

Did you know that in Japan the Circle button is used to confirm menu items and the X button is used to cancel? While some early PS1 titles used the same logic in the West, Sony eventually normalized the use of X for confirmation and Circle for cancellation, but there was always a difference between the regions – until now.

Along with a wave of PlayStation 5 previews, The PR confirmed to the Japanese media that the X button will now be used for confirmation worldwide. That means local players will have 25 years of tradition when the next-generation console launches in November:

While this will not change anything for players in the West, not everyone is happy with the move. Tokyo-based John Ricciardi was 8-4 the following to say:

It remains to be seen if Sony will allow buttons to be repositioned across the system as on the PlayStation 4, but even if it did, it could still lead to user interface inaccuracies. We have to admit, we are surprised five consoles (and two portable devices) for the Japanese giant to improve controller logic worldwide, but we guess that had to happen eventually.

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