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Scuf Vantage PS4 gamepad blends the best of Xbox and PlayStation

Scuf's Vantage controller packs in extra buttons like the Microsoft Elite does, and it ain't cheap.

The Scuf Vantage controller for the PlayStation 4.

In terms of high-end customizable gamepads, Xbox players have the Microsoft Xbox Elite controller. While the PlayStation 4 doesn't have an equivalent controller, third-party accessory maker Scuf is trying to fill that gap.

Scuf just announced its Vantage controller for PS4, and it gives off heavy Microsoft Xbox Elite vibes (just look at those back paddle buttons and asymmetrical sticks). This behemoth packs in way more buttons than your standard controllers, with four back paddles, two extra programmable side buttons, and a touchpad you can tap to instantly mute your game. With all these extra buttons you get plenty of possibilities for remapping and customizing the gamepad -- so you can't blame your controller for your gaming losses.

If you want the Scuf Vantage, you'll have to cough up some dough. It costs $170 (which converts to about £125 or AU$225) to buy the controller or $200 (about £150/AU$265) if you want the wireless option.

Preorders are open now with the controller shipping to the US and Canada in August.

Update, 2:39p.m. PT: By the way... Scuf licensed some of its patents to Microsoft a while back when it was creating the Xbox Elite controller, including rear paddles and hair triggers. So it's not that surprising to see them show up again in Scuf's own new gamepad.

A look at the insides of the controller.