What Makes a Good Video Game Controller?

Ahh, the age old question. Controllers have gone through substantial revisions since home consoles were introduced into the market and it makes sense, things tend to just change over time. A stick on a square with a button attached to rectangle to a few buttons and a d-pad simply weren’t good enough for the future. There’s still some debate on which controller is best, but it all boils down to personal preference.

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AtomHeart6231628d ago

I get tired of all the hate against Sony or Microsoft fanboys/girls because you don't become a fan of a specific console just to piss people off, you become a fan because something about one console draws you too it more than the others. For me Microsoft has always nailed controllers. It's just a personal preference. The Xbox one controller just fits my hand better than the Sony controller and its always been that for me. I have nothing bad to say about Sony because it's a quality console, but I just adore microsofts controller. I also prefer Xbox live to psn. That doesn't mean that psn is bad it just means that it's not for ME. It's not wrong to prefer one thing over another. That's what makes us diverse and individuals.

3-4-51627d ago

* XB1,Xbox 360,Gamecube,SNES,DS4 = Good controllers...also Sega Genesis 6 button

SpaceRanger1628d ago (Edited 1628d ago )

What does Xbox live and PSN have to do with this? Stay on topic man.

On topic:
Opinions...everyone's got them. Facts...not everyone likes them.
A good controller has functionality, sensitivity, reliability, and ergonomic/aesthetic factors. Yes people have different preferences for looks and what they like about it (features). But the facts like input reliability, durability, sensitivity and ergonomics are things you can't just change because of preference.

A controller that does most of those (which are just about every controller this gen) is all anyone needs. Stick layout and looks are really all that's left for preference. If you like comfort through symmetry, along with aesthetically pleasing lighting with extra features (share, touchpad, etc.) for the controller...DS4 is the way to go. If you like asymmetric controls with a focus of build material and sleek styling with the option for batteries with extra features...the Xbox one controller is the way to go (maybe even the elite if you have money for it).

Personal preference plays a factor. But people can't just play it off as fact when there are facts out there on this stuff. They work well together, on their own they have no merit in any discussion.

MrSwankSinatra1628d ago

ZERO Motion gimmicks makes a good video game controller.

Volkama1628d ago

I use a sponge. But I don't seem to do very well.

FallenAngel19841628d ago

A great controller is one that's durable, has the correct amount of sensitivity, very comfortable in your hands, very flexible, and influences other later controllers

Rookie_Monster1628d ago

Long baterry life, arodynamic, built to last.

Rimeskeem1628d ago

why would aerodynamic matter?

Avernus1628d ago

Probably meant "ergonomic".

Rimeskeem1628d ago

Oh, that makes more sense

SaveFerris1628d ago (Edited 1628d ago )

@Rookie Monster
Judging from your avatar pic, 'taste like cookie' would be another good feature.

Volkama1628d ago (Edited 1628d ago )

Helps for those times you are trying to play games whilst cycling round a velodrome. Me and Rookie do that most Wednesdays.

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SpaceRanger1628d ago

Haha, aerodynamic?? are you one of those who throw controllers across the room rookie?

P.S. I'm only joking with you. I think the word you meant was ergonomic.

Chaosdreams1628d ago

1. I'm not swinging my arms.


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