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PlayStation: our controller doesn't have an "X" button; it's called "cross"

By midian182 · 21 replies
Sep 9, 2019
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  1. It seems strange to think that the X button should be called “cross,” but that’s what one twitter account suggested recently, leading to an outcry from users arguing the point. Eventually, PlayStation UK stepped in confirming the names of the four buttons and making an interesting point: if the other three are referred to as shapes, why is X a letter—people don’t call circle the letter “O.”

    Despite its official stance, most people disagree with PlayStation. It posted a survey asking what gamers called the button in question, and 81 percent of the near 170,000 participants chose “X.” Only 8 percent picked “Cross,” which was even less popular than the jokey “+ rotated 45 degrees” answer.

    One Twitter user pointed out a flaw in PlayStation UK's argument. Nero Agent Crimson noted that crosses have the same distance between each stick, so drawing an outline around one would form a perfect square. Exes, like the one on the controller, don’t have the same distance between sticks and form a rectangle. “Basic geometry,” explains the user.

    Ultimately, of course, you can call the button anything you want—two hugging lines, broken crucifix, whatever—though I’ve personally never heard it referred to as anything other than X.

    Image credit: Tom Eversley via Shutterstock

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  2. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 783   +1,143

    A semantics debate to go down in the history books.

    Or not.
     
    Namtrooper likes this.
  3. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,635   +1,232

    Who cares???
     
    Odium, rondean2000 and lipe123 like this.
  4. PurpleYoda

    PurpleYoda TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +23

    There is only one thing I have to say and that is... Whatever!
     
    Odium likes this.
  5. tkabou

    tkabou TS Booster Posts: 58   +81

    Sony's argument is actually correct on this one, much like certain countries describe blood groups, saying A, B and "zero". Since the former two are letters, it makes no sense for the latter to be a number, so it must be "O"
     
  6. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 949   +525

    "One Twitter user pointed out a flaw in PlayStation UK's argument. Nero Agent Crimson noted that crosses have the same distance between each stick, so drawing an outline around one would form a perfect square."
    Nero Agent Crimson is not pointing out a flaw but is in fact supporting PS UK's argument.
     
    CloudCatcher likes this.
  7. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +351

    PC master race sees the article and goes "meh, whatever" This is why they cant play anything with a keyboard and mouse without aim assist.
     
    Gmachine likes this.
  8. Lounds

    Lounds TS Maniac Posts: 243   +168

    Yeah but X gonna give it to ya.
     
    Odium, ZackL04, soulsassassin and 2 others like this.
  9. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,825   +2,672

    I have always called the round one O. I also call the square Judy and the triangle Lester.
     
    Capaill likes this.
  10. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Addict Posts: 132   +58

    Whatever Sony calls it the X is here to stay
     
    Odium and ZackL04 like this.
  11. gamerk2

    gamerk2 TS Maniac Posts: 295   +185

    It looks like a Shovel to me.
     
    rondean2000 likes this.
  12. HofyPC

    HofyPC TS Rookie

    I would like to return this defective controller. The cross button is 45 degrees out of rotation.
     
    rondean2000 likes this.
  13. Nobodysfool

    Nobodysfool TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +28

    Well if this were an Xbox controller, it's logical to call it an "X" since the buttons on the right comprise letters from the Alphabet: X, Y, B, and A. Sony has a point on calling theirs a cross since the PlayStation controller buttons includes shapes drawn on it.
     
  14. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 570   +352

    Hahahahahahahahaha...you guys made my day... Hahahahahahahha... what a topic....hahahahahahahahahaha
     
    Odium likes this.
  15. Gypsygib

    Gypsygib TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +27

    If they wanted it to be a cross, they shouldn't have rotated it to make it look like an X. Why isn't the square or triangle rotated as well then?
     
  16. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Addict Posts: 325   +136

    Exactly so. They should make it a proper cross. But then liberals will jump on Sony even more, as they don't want to see anything even remotely looking like a religious symbol.

    Unless, of course, it looks like a 6-point star. That symbol is very much liked among liberals.
     
    Odium likes this.
  17. That Dude There

    That Dude There TS Booster Posts: 138   +37

    D...M...X!
     
    Lounds likes this.
  18. Tom Yum

    Tom Yum TS Rookie

    A cross (as a shape) IS rotated 45 degrees, otherwise it wouldn't have been called a cross but instead a plus. Have you ever filled out a form and had to tick or cross a question, you didn't do a plus sign did you? Cross (the object) is characterized by being taller than it is wide, and therefore isn't like Sony's controller.
     
  19. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Evangelist Posts: 598   +81

    If that symbol is an "Ex" instead of a cross, then The Red Cross needs to change their name.

    Four symbols. No letters. It's a Cross.
     
  20. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 299   +213

    No way, me too!
     
  21. PurpleYoda

    PurpleYoda TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +23

    Love it. Topic on its way to get the most comments this week!
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
  22. Rian Kim

    Rian Kim TS Rookie

    Interestingly, I've seen a lot of people here in Korea call the square button "mee-um" and the circle one "yee-ung", which are the names of the Korean consonants that look just like a square and a circle.
     

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