PlayStation continues its trend of releasing cool controllers, but we want to make our own.

Sony has confirmed that its line of DualShock 4 controllers is growing once again with the addition of four groovy new colours. The uniquely themed controllers have been dubbed Electric Purple, Red Camouflage, Titanium Blue and Rose Gold. The wait for these won’t be all that long either since they officially release this September for $64.99 USD (MSRP) / $74.99 CAD (MSRP).

These controllers are stunning additions to a lineup of controllers that’s only grown since the PS4 launched over six years ago. According to PlayStation.blog, Sony has introduced more than 25 different DualShock 4 colours so far, which is very impressive. Sadly, some of these variations have since been discontinued, which makes it more difficult for gamers to find something that speaks to them. This is where Microsoft is doing right by its fans by allowing them to design and build their own controllers through the Xbox Design Lab.

Let us design PS4 controllers

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A number of official PS4 controllers have been fantastically designed, and the four latest are no exception. Still, Sony should take inspiration from the Xbox Design Lab and launch their own Design Lab for PS4 owners. Allowing us to customize DualShock 4 controllers would be a dream come true. Best of all, some truly spectacular designs could come from the community that the less creative amongst us could purchase! It’s a win-win for everyone involved, provided that the logistics of such a system could be ironed out.

Sony could still design and release its own controllers as well, just as Microsoft has done. Xbox users have seen a number of new styles and game-related controllers released since Microsoft first launched its Design Lab. Metallic colours and camo designs, in particular, were added to the online storefront as new controllers featuring them were released. It appears to be a smart business move from where I’m standing.

Overall, the ability for us to design our own DualShock 4 controllers is a feature that feels sorely missing from the current PlayStation landscape.

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Riley's Take

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The ever-growing lineup of PS4 controllers is already stunning, but I want something that speaks more to me. The reality is that this is something like that can really only come from a controller of my design. The ease-of-use for Xbox’s Design Lab has shown me the appeal of designing my own gaming remotes, and it’s something I’d love to carry over to PlayStation as well.

I’m hopeful that Sony sees value in allowing fans to make their own DualShock 4. For now, it’s hard to be disappointed with the newly-unveiled Electric Purple, Red Camouflage, Titanium Blue and Rose Gold options. I especially like the Electric Purple, but it would look nicer on my coffee table if I had my PSN ID engraved on it.

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Riley has written about video games across several publications for almost a decade now. In his eyes, there’s really no better field to work and grow in. During his time as a reporter, he's interviewed gaming legends like Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Mortal Kombat's co-creator Ed Boon–just to name a few. When he's not writing about games, he's often playing them. Super Smash Bros., Halo, Gears of War, and Rainbow Six are some of his all-time favourites. Outside of games, he’s also a fan of hockey, wrestling, and many other Canadian things. You can find Riley over on Twitter @TheRileyLittle.