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There Isn't Actually An 'X' Button On The PlayStation Controller

Simon Catling

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There Isn't Actually An 'X' Button On The PlayStation Controller

While PlayStation 5s remain rarer than hen's teeth to get a hold of, those who have managed to purchase the next gen console have had nothing but praise for its latest controller.

The PS5 DualSense controller is a sleek update on the older models, but also retains some classic design features - by which of course we mean that famous Triangle, Circle, X, Square button panel.

Except, it's not the X button you've been pressing, it's the 'Cross' button.

The PS5 DualSense controller. Credit: Sony
The PS5 DualSense controller. Credit: Sony

Sound mad? Well back in 2019 this information was verified by none other than PlayStation themselves, going against the accepted knowledge of millions of its console users around the world, who've resolutely referred to the X button for over 25 years now.

It all started when on Twitter user joked: "Anyone who says cross is a cop."

Unfortunately for them though, the official UK PlayStation account itself stepped in to put them right.

PlayStation tweeted: "Triangle. Circle. Cross. Square. If Cross is called X (it's not), then what are you calling Circle?"


Now this is still blowing our minds a couple of years on, and a poll conducted around the same time showed that gamers would absolutely not accept the Cross button.

Some 145,000+ (that's a plus symbol by the way and it's not up for debate) respondents revealed that more than four fifths of us call it the 'X' button.


So there you have it, the vast majority of people reject the cross, even when the PlayStation boffins themselves have declared that it is a cross.

As stated though, most people pressing this button are most likely doing it on one of the older consoles still, given that the Playstation 5 has been selling out within minutes each time new stock is added.

Sony chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki has admitted that shortages will likely continue into 2022.


In a recent company briefing, Bloomberg reports Totoki said: "I don't think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn't be able to catch up with demand."

The widely coveted console has been low in stock ever since its November release, partly due to shortages of components such as semiconductors. Sony still hasn't offered an official estimate for when supplies are expected to normalise.

Featured Image Credit: Sony

Topics: PlayStation

Simon Catling
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