We’ve All Been Calling The ‘X’ Button On PlayStation Controllers The Wrong Name – LADbible

We’ve All Been Calling The ‘X’ Button On PlayStation Controllers The Wrong Name – LADbible

Jake Massey in 


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If you’re a keen PlayStation player, then you will have pressed ‘X’ on countless occasions during your various gaming escapades… Except, no you won’t have.

That’s because there’s no such thing as the ‘X’ button.

What’s the name of that button they’re about to press? … Not ‘X’, apparently. Credit: PA

Now, at this point, you’re probably itching to call bulls***, however, no lesser authority than the people at PlayStation have come forward to deny the existence of our beloved ‘X’ button – claiming it is in fact the ‘Cross’ button.

Taking to Twitter, PlayStation UK said: “Triangle. Circle. Cross. Square. If Cross is called X (it’s not), then what are you calling Circle?”

Let that sink in for a second.

While the mere mention of a ‘cross’ button is enough to hurt the eyes, ears and soul, there is a rationale behind it – namely that the points of a cross are all equidistant, unlike with an ‘X’.

Because this debate grinds my gears, I’ll finish it once and for all:

– Crosses have the same distance between each stick.

– Crosses form a square.

– Exes don’t have the same distance between each stick.

– Exes form a rectangle.

Basic geometry. pic.twitter.com/gz8jCJd3Bn

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So there you go, tough to argue with geometry, maths, shapes or indeed PlayStation, isn’t it?

But if all this cross talk is making you, well, cross, then take a moment to consider the proposed name below:

Fork? Honestly, what?

Regardless of what PlayStation, geometry or anyone else has to say about it, though, a poll of some 145,000+ (that’s a plus symbol by the way and it’s not up for debate) respondents has revealed that more than four fifths of us call it the ‘X’ button.

So there you have it, the vast majority of people reject the cross, even when the PlayStation boffins themselves have declared that it is a cross, citing irrefutable geometry.

It’s a bit like when people decide not to vaccinate their kids, even when doctors and science both say that it is definitely a good idea – the main difference being that people calling a PlayStation controller button the wrong name is of absolutely zero consequence.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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