Be part of the grassroots marketing campaign to offer the PS4 controller’s touchpad button a correct identify
“Essential query,” I prefaced as I stomped into the Destructoid staff’s Slack channel with no regard to no matter dialog might need been occurring beforehand. “What’s the massive rectangular touchpad button on the PS4 controller known as?”
The consensus reply is as I feared: it is simply known as the touchpad or the touchpad button. I requested as a result of for probably the most half, I do not use the touchpad for its touchpad performance. To me, the touchpad is only a massive, costly, rectangular button to press. When serving to folks navigate menus, I’ll inform folks to “press the touchpad button.” I’ve by no means instructed anyone to make use of it as an precise touchpad.
However I do not like calling it “the touchpad button.” For one, it is too wordy. For 2, it lacks character. For 3, utilizing the phrase “touchpad” implies to me using touchpad performance. However I do not wish to indicate transferring a cursor. I simply wish to speak about urgent a button! It simply occurs to be a button the scale of a cigar humidor.
Think about having to make use of it to enter a cheat code. “Press X, circle, circle, R1, the touchpad button, no not only a mild brush of the touchpad such as you wish to swipe proper on a Tinder hottie, truly press that factor in. Sure, there is a button in there; how did you not know there was a button in there? Oh, as a result of it is masquerading as a touchpad. That is smart.” It is simply unwieldy. It wants a brand new identify.
Destructoid’s Wealthy Meister steered calling it the “Rectangle of Marvel.” And you realize what? Absent something higher, I am going to take it. It won’t resolve the wordiness downside, however something is best than persevering with to name it “the touchpad button.”