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What's The Best Controller Of All Time?

GR: "I say no wireless controllers because people can just walk right in front of you and have a good laugh about it. Get out of the way jackass!"

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AngryTypingGuy1045d ago

I'd say that the greatest controller to date is the 360 controller. It fits perfectly in your hand and feels perfectly natural for most game types, maybe with the exception of fighting games because of the D-pad, its biggest flaw. No doubt that the PlayStation controllers have the best D-pad in the business.

I do think though that the DualShock 4 will soon take the crown for best controller ever though, it looks sweet.

What I don't get is Nintendo. The modern day controller for PS and Xbox is based on the design of the Super Nintendo. They got the basic design right way back then and then had to get all crazy on us (remember the Nintendo 64 and GameCube controllers?)

SolidStoner1045d ago (Edited 1045d ago )

360 contr. never can be the best.. they put D-pad at totally wrong place...

they created same design as PS original controller, make it look more modern and put D-pad in different spot so it look different.. thats about it.. (you are just got used to that design fail). People can get used to everything!

you use batteries to charge it.. that's like 1990's...

good controller needs to be strong, light, easy to use and fit in your hand perfectly with good Analog sticks or other precise moving mechanics...

Larry L1045d ago (Edited 1045d ago )

My personal all-time fav when I put on my rose tinted nostalgia glasses was the Genesis 6-button. Not the bulky one that had the bigger stock Genesis style buttons, but the much smaller, sleeker one that was more comfortable and had the smaller, rounded buttons. Man, I loved that controller. It was so perfect for that time of home ports of arcade games and fighters.

Excluding nostalgia though, for me it's simple. Dual Shock 3 is the best 1st party controller of all time. Perfectly ergonomic Dual Shock design, wireless, no batteries, typical Sony build quality (aside from the original sixaxis which had the Sony button feel but was actually pretty cheap feeling for some reason, and the stick mechanisms wore out in under 2 years), and as far as I can tell, latency free analog sticks.

And on that subject, I don't care what anyone says about 360 having better sticks than the DS3.......that's BS. It was for sure true compared to the DS2 which had horrid stick latency, but people just kinda ported that fact over to DS3....when it's just not true anymore. I played Unreal Tournament 3 religiously on PS3 and 360, and 100% for sure the DS3 handles that gameplay far more tightly, and that game is one that any faults in the controller's sticks is more noticable than any other FPS on the market because of the pace. 360's sticks barely keep up with the factory speed mods, while the DS3 even handles much faster PC speed mods you can install since the PS3 version supports PC modding with no problem at all...........aside from your brains own ability to keep up at those speeds, LOL.

LonDonE1045d ago (Edited 1045d ago )

GAME CUBE WAVE BIRD!!! and now the wii u pro controller, its a 360 controller, but with a better d-pad, which is the 360 pad biggest flaw, i wish nintendo made the game cube wave bird again, but with proper dual analogue sticks,and fully rechargeable like the wii u pro controller or PS3 dual shock, (hate using standard aa batteries LOL AT 360 USERS)and like the game cube wii u concept pad, google gamecube concept pad pictures, and you will see a white one, with blue and white buttons, and it looks awesome!

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dbjj120881045d ago

I'm from the future.
http://i.imgur.com/jCHZMeN.... (attached images isn't working)

RedHawkX1045d ago

the dual shock 4 for the ps4 it has everything the dual shock 3 has but bigger and better then it also has added respons time, touchpad for unparalled gaming control, record button feature, motion controls and new rumble so you can have more variety in the feels of your rumble. this will be especially good for gamers who are hearing inpared. aint nothing like that variety in the rumbles to make up for the loss of hearing.

pixelsword1045d ago

"I say no wireless controllers because people can just walk right in front of you and have a good laugh about it. Get out of the way jackass!"

as opposed to a controller that can be yanked out while you get blasted for a bigger joke or pulled to make your console come crashing down.

Great choice.

3-4-51045d ago

1.) 360
2.) Gamecube
3.) SNES
4.) XB1/PS4 ( DS4)

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DVAcme1045d ago

The Gamecube controller was great... for games specifically designed for it. As a general-purpose controller, it's absolute crap. One of my first questions, when I hold a controller in my hand, is "Can I play Street Fighter with this?" If the answer is no, the controller automatically fails for me, and the Gamecube failed that standard SPECTACULARLY.

I think the best overall is the Dualshock 2. All subsequent(and safely assumed future) Sony controllers will be based on the DS2, and it's just an excellent controller overall. It is also the most influential controller in modern gaming, with most other controllers emulating the two-stick setup and face button arrangement. Comfortably placed buttons, the best d-pad of any controller, nice symmetry, comfortable dual analogs, plenty of buttons for plenty of functions. The DS3 is merely an extension of the DS2, with a few minor ergonomic improvements and wireless capability, but it's the same basic design. I haven't used the DS4 yet, but if the improvements and additions it has further expand an already excellent controller, I see it as the best to date too. Any and every kind of game can be comfortably played on the DS family, and that's its biggest strength, its adaptability.

PurpHerbison1044d ago

This is completely subjective. Anyway, The 360 controller did feel damn good in my hands. It only had two flaws and that was the DPAD and the battery pack. But overall, extremely solid. I would put the PS3 controller second. Although it has a solid dpad, the analog sticks needed to be tighter and the R2, L2 buttons were a joke. Everything else though is spot on.

jeffgoldwin1044d ago (Edited 1044d ago )

Never understood how having the freedom of a battery pack was bad thing. I would never, ever by a cell phone like apple (or controller) where you have to pay a "tech" $100 to change the battery. $6 worth or energizer rechargeable batteries>$40-50 replacement controller=winning.

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DrRobotnik1045d ago

Well my all time would have to be the Wave bird controller. Playing animal crossing with my first wireless controller was epic. Never left the couch...or the town for that matter. Damn you Thomas Nook with your forever mortgage plan.

acharlez1045d ago

Loved the Wavebird as well. Such a great piece of hardware.

Starbucks_Fan1045d ago

Same and I have 4 of them. Great for Smash Bros parties.

dbjj120881045d ago

Wavebirds still sell for relatively high numbers these days.

Badnik1045d ago

They're really reliable, have a good signal, have a long battery life, and they don't break too fast. I've been using my wavebird since 2004 and it's easily my favorite controller ever made.

dedicatedtogamers1045d ago

Wiimote, IMO. It's too bad that people didn't take the technology further. I would've liked to see - for example - an RPG that let's you point-and-click in the menus or even move via clicking (like a PC MMO). And I like the "arms spread" approach: nunchuck in one hand, Wiimote in the other.

But that's just, like, my opinion man.

acharlez1045d ago

I do love the simplicity of the Wiimote.

dbjj120881045d ago

Valid, it just made my arms so tired.

PopRocks3591045d ago

"But that's just, like, my opinion man."

Righteous duuuude.

I'm fairly savvy with just about any controller. The 360 controller was my favorite for a few years, but I think when it boils down to it, my all-time favorite is the GCN controller. Playing Melee and other great games with it has grown on me quite a bit. Being able to play Wii games also helped the staying power, I'd say.

Wiimote I can totally understand someone liking though. It's hard to ignore the simplicity of it and the gameplay options it offered. And you're definitely right; it most certainly is a shame it didn't go much farther than it did.

Sitdown1045d ago

My body, thanks Microsoft. ;-) But seriously, I remember how the third prong on the n64 controller blew people's mind.......those were the days when console design was such an art form.

dbjj120881045d ago

lol, "ME. I'm the best controller."

Kevlar0091045d ago

No controller feels better to hold than the Wavebird, it melts right into your hand and fingers, perfect weight distribution throughout the controller.