Despite some intrusive notifications (that you can turn off) on the system itself, the PS4’s controller is pretty great and well-suited for all kinds of games. Interestingly, Sony added a feature into the console this year that came quietly: button remapping.
Disabled 1 handed gamer. I only play PS4 because a console update allows you to remap buttons to suit you. If Xbox 1 gets this, let me know!
Designed as an accessibility feature for those who can’t reach the buttons that they need, anyone can take advantage of this feature to re-assign the control schemes for their favorite games.
To get started, head to the Settings menu of your system, then scroll down to Accessibility. At the bottom, select Button Assignments; you can also check Add to Quick Menu if you’d like to see these options when you long-press the PS button.
Now you need to Enable Custom Button Assignments and Customize Button Assignments once the above is checked. From here you’ll see a grid of buttons that lets you re-assign anything away from its original state, except for the touchpad and PS button.
If your favorite game doesn’t let you change the controls in a way that fits you, you can override them here (e.g. swapping melee and crouch for shooters).
Note that this changes the buttons at the hardware level, so if you change O to R3, your game will still say “Press R3 to crouch” and you’ll have to press O to do so. It takes a bit of getting used to, so it’s probably not a good idea to customize the controls for every game.