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Do We Need New Controllers for the Next Generation?

MasonicGamer.com - The Wii U is now available in most of the western world, and with it, a whole new way of controlling games. Well, it’s not really new, as touch screen gaming has been around for a while, but this is the first major home console to combine the traditional dual analog controller with a tablet-style touch panel. For the last couple of generations, Nintendo has been trying to break away from the standard controller we’ve all become used to, and it seems as though Sony and Microsoft may be heading in a similar direction.

We’ve had the dual analog controller ever since the PlayStation 1. It wasn’t around at the launch of the console, but was introduced a few years later. Since that point, very little has changed. It’s true that both Sony and Microsoft added pressure sensitive buttons during the next console generation, and Sony added gyroscopic control to the PS3, but both of these features have been very underutilised. We’re basically controlling games the same way we were 15 years ago, so is it time for a change? Do we even need one?

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Muffins12231337d ago (Edited 1337d ago )

Well,im almost positive for xbox.The next controller will get rid of those charge-less batteries for those rechargeable weightless ones like the ps3 controller and have six-axis.In my opinion,the xbox 360 controller fits so awesome in your hand and is very nice.It is likely that the next sony controller will be like the same shape as the 360 controller.Nintendo has done this with the pro controller,it is very similar to xbox 360's one for a reason... i think the people working on the next gen console for sony have realized this and will do the same but still have some of there own design in it like there d-pad and I really hope they have the same analog stick positions as the 360 has.

jimbobwahey1337d ago

I really hope that they don't make the Dualshock like the 360 controller.

Well, making the triggers similar would be good yes, since the 360's ones curving outwards feel more comfortable than the Dualshock ones curving inwards. When it comes to the analog sticks however, I find the symmetrical positioning of the Dualshock to be much more comfortable and suited to modern gaming.

It just feels more comfortable to have my thumbs resting in the same position for each hand, rather than using the 360 controller that feels like it was designed for somebody who has one hand that's larger than the other. It's just bizarre.

DarkZane1337d ago

If anyone isn't gonna change their controller, it's Sony. They have been using the same controller since PS1 era, except they made additions to the same design over the generations (like an analog stick, R2/L2 button and sisaxis/DualShock).

It's been working well for them from the start, so why should they fix what isn't broken.

Microsoft just need a standard controller too.

Nintendo are wrong. Their little tablet or motion controllers are not the future of gaming. It will always be a classic controller. This won't change until we see virtual reality like the kind they do in .hack

BitbyDeath1337d ago

I'd rather have the boomerang than a controller with a screen on it.

joel_c171337d ago

Sony need a lil revamp - MS need to redo their d pad.

NukaCola1337d ago

DS4 just needs to concave the thumbs a little and maybe use Move triggers for the R2/L2 but enclosed like the DS2 was on PS2.

Xbox just make a dpad like the Duelshock. Also make the controller a little lighter and rechargable. I personally miss the B&W buttons too. Wish they'd return.

Pillsbury11337d ago

If it isn't broke don't fix it. We have been driving cars with a steering wheel for decades because it's the best way.

DERKADER1337d ago

True but look at the differences between an F1 wheel and a production car wheel.

SolidDuck1337d ago

I think they both need a little revamp, but mostly stay the same. For the 360 ya the battery pack has to go,a better d pad, and I like them to change the bumpers to more like l1 and r1 on ps, I just don't like the way the bumpers feel. For ps I think they should keep the joysticks in the same spot but make them indented instead of round like the 360's, also yes curved out triggers, and I think they need to make the palm spots a little longer so it still feels good to people with big hands. There both great controllers, but that's what I would like to see change.

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