Top 5 Worst Video Game Controllers

Sean Ryan writes:

"The key to every video game console is how the player is able to interact with it. This makes the controller design a crucial factor in a console's hardware development. Brilliant designs such as Sony's DualShock have proven that they can carry themselves across generations of platforms. However, most other companies have not been so lucky. Here are the five biggest design failures…"

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Kratos Spartan3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

where's the original Xbox controller? Replace that with the N64 and it's the perfect list.

RAF-TECH3649d ago

although I didnt mind the shapes and sizes of the x-box controller.


Philip J Fry3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

Where's the six axis PS3 controller. No rumble, no design change for three generations? It may be comfortable, or familiar, to players but it is not that great of a design.

By comfortable I meant familiar. It is popular because it has been around for so long. Also the curved R1 and R2 buttons are unnecessary.

I wouldn't know I didn't have or play the original XBOX. I am not even comparing the two, I am judging the six axis on its own merit. It was such a great design they later added rumble after market.

bruiser813649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

I wouldn't think a controller could be comfortable and poorly designed at the same time, it just doesn't make sense. Its been the same for 2.5 generations, the original PS controller did not have analog sticks. The analog sticks came around the year 98 near the end of the PS1's reign. Plus if you look at the button placement the 360 controller is a modified version of the PS controller, MS pretty much stuck with the formula of the original S controller from the xbox minus the black and white buttons, which may i remind you replace the original fat nasty one.

They couldn't add rumble in the beginning because they were in the middle of a law suite with the company the implements it for them. It would have been real dumb for them to delay the system another year till they got all that sorted now wouldn't it. You do have a bit of a point with L2 and R2 though, but i got used to it.

slinkey1233649d ago

hey whats wrong with the big old xbox controller. It was very comfortable imo. just because it was big it didnt make uncomfortable at all.

And the N64 controller was comfy but it was a really bad design. i mean u had to move your hand to switch between the D-PAD and analogue stick.... :-|

stevenhiggster3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )


Dude you must have huge hands! The original X-box controller was so massive it gave normal people major cramps! It should totally be on that list.

And about the curved L2 & R2 on the sixaxis, I got some cool triggers that clip over them, Sony should have designed them that way, they're much better now.

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Beg For Mercy3649d ago

man i remember getting used to that n64 controller after playing with a ps1 controller for so long, the dreamcast controller was nice the vmu was great i wish we still had them in gaming today.

RAF-TECH3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

I found the N64 to beat both 360 and PS3 in terms of having both d-pad & analog.
When using the D-pad, the L button is used with it...
Whne using Analog, the Z-button is used with it.
So it eliminates the awkwardness.

The C-Buttons werent too friendly to get used to. But still. after getting used to it.. you get to enjoy the best FPS's in history.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Perfect Dark

Edit: Yes the dreamcast controller is one of my favourite. very responsive. with the dreamcast controller... you can pwn anyone in Marvel vs Capcom

stevenhiggster3649d ago

I quite liked the N64 pad too, some of the button placings took a bit of getting used to but the analogue stick placement was bang on. And Super Smash Brothers is the best game ever :-)

Ps3Fanboy7773649d ago

Playing Mario with that was great!

Nicolator3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

WHT THE FK IS THAT... THOSE ARE HORRIBLE... i am a 360 fan but.. the xbox1 control need to be on that list that shyt was like hugeeeee...



(f*ck i cant grab it.. i think i will hug it)

galgor3649d ago

The first Xbox1 controller was horrible. I stand up for the Dreamcast controller though <3

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