So I was changing the trigger springs in my controller this evening and I noticed a small hole in the back of the controller, which I can only assume to be a reset perhaps?

PS4 controller

What is this hole actually for?

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    My first guess would be ventilation, but as I don't own a Ps4 I can't really tell.
    – Rapitor
    Mar 18, 2015 at 18:31
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    It's a speed hole. It makes the controller go faster. Mar 18, 2015 at 21:00

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You're correct, according to Sony's documentation, it is the reset button.

These are the instructions on how to reset the controller taken from the documentation:

If your controller won't pair, won't respond, or is displaying a flashing light, please follow the instructions on how to reset the controller:

  1. Turn off the PlayStation 4.
  2. Locate the small reset button on the back of the DualShock 4 near the L2 shoulder button.
  3. Use a small, unfolded paper-clip or something similar to push the button (the button is inside a tiny hole). Hold the button down for a couple of seconds and release.
  4. After resetting the controller, re-pair the controller with the PS4 by connecting the USB cable to the controller and the system, and turn the PS4 on.
  5. Press the PS button to log in to the PS4

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    Just wondering but shouldn't this question be closed then? Because of the lack of research. Since it's literally in the documentation. The same way people ask stuff on SO that are being closed because it's in the documentation. So lack of research?
    – Loko
    Mar 19, 2015 at 13:33
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    @Loko "Lack of research" isn't a close reason on Stack Overflow (though it is a downvote reason). Mar 19, 2015 at 13:58
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    @Loko There's plenty of good StackOverflow questions that can be answered by the documentation. Usually they are asking about somewhat obscure or infrequently used features (like a reset button on a controller). The downvoted ones are usually really basic questions (like 'how do i push the x button'). Mar 19, 2015 at 14:23
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    @ColonelThirtyTwo I agree with you on the StackOverflow argument but this question is pretty basic as well. I think this question has the upvotes because most people dont care to look up the feature itself. Also I've noticed that it's easier to get upvotes on Arqade than on Stackoverflow. e.g: A question with a funny title already gets at least 5 vote ups because of the title. It might not be a bad thing perse but I don't like it. I'm not gonna complain about this on meta or whatever. Just want to let you know what I think,
    – Loko
    Mar 19, 2015 at 14:54
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    Arqade is a premier resource for gaming and related information. There is no reason why we cannot maintain a good base of answers for everything. People's research may well bring them to this question, which has an accurate answer. Bear in mind that not everyone knows what you know.
    – Neon1024
    Mar 19, 2015 at 15:15

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