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Interesting little read that shows Sony put some thought and effort into the DS4.
Before settling on the largely-familiar design of the DualShock 4, Sony had experimented with a number of new controller ideas for PS4. One facet the company was mindful of was the placement of the analog sticks. Many shooter players have grown accustomed to the asymmetrical placement of both left and right sticks on Xbox 360's gamepad.
Full article here: http://www.shacknews.com/article/81675/sony-tested-xbox-stick-layout-for-dualshock-4?
They don't have a very good reason for not doing it though, their reason is "tradition". That's a pretty stupid reason to not change (improve).
In this case it would be an improvement. Read the article, they admit that FPS game studios wanted the left analogue stick up top, but Sony decided against it because they wanted to keep a traditional look.
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