That symbol in the southernmost position of the four buttons on your DualShock controller. What do you call it?
If you're of rational mind, you'll probably call it the "Ex" button, right? That's what I call it. That's what my pals call it. I mean, we've all seen detractors, those unsettling people who call it - wait for it - "Cross"! Ha! - but they're just being contrary. We all know the truth. We know we're right.
Except we're not. After the latest "what do you call this button?" debate raged on social media, PlayStation UK decided to wade in. Only instead of clearing everything up, all it's done is blow our collective minds.
According to PlayStation, "Ex" is wrong. I'm wrong. We're all wrong. It's - and I can barely type this, my fingers are shaking so badly - it is indeed called a... a "Cross".
Triangle— PlayStation UK (@PlayStationUK) September 5, 2019
If Cross is called X (it's not), then what are you calling Circle?? https://t.co/dvQ19duemW
"Triangle. Circle. Cross. Square," PlayStation UK insisted. "If Cross is called X (it's not), then what are you calling Circle?"
Here's the science bit:
Because this debate grinds my gears, I'll finish it once and for all:— ... (@SIECrimson) September 5, 2019
- 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
And then there's this...
Actually it's called "fork" pic.twitter.com/CG2TQbyz9Q— gabe? (@gleem643D) September 4, 2019
For what it's worth, to date 81 per cent of the 135,000 respondents to this PlayStation Twitter poll also believe it's "Ex" but it's too late, isn't it? It's over. We lost. Hit "Cross" to pay respects.