PS5 Will Make 'X' The Default Select Button In Japan For The First Time In PlayStation History
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PS5 Will Make 'X' The Default Select Button In Japan For The First Time In PlayStation History

Lloyd Coombes
6 October 2020

Breaking with 26 years of tradition.

The PlayStation 5 will feature a "globally unified" control scheme when it launches next month.

This will make the 'X' button (or "Cross", if you so prefer) the default button for selecting items in a menu.

That's nothing new for many fans worldwide, but Japanese players will have some adjusting to do.

PlayStation 5 Will Switch Buttons In Japan For First Time In 26 Years

In Japan, "Circle" has long been the affirmative button on Sony hardware.

That's because in Japanese culture, "X" is the symbol for "incorrect", meaning that's usually the one that takes you back to a previous screen.

Some franchises have continued this even outside of Japan, including Metal Gear Solid.

As reported by Famitsu, the PS5 will ensure a global control scheme that means "X" means accept.

With many PS4 games being playable on PS5, there's a good chance many Japanese players could be in for a frustrating few weeks until muscle memory sets in. 

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