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The Evolution of the PlayStation Control Pad

Kotaku: It's perhaps the most iconic design in the world of game controllers, and definitely the longest-serving. Today in Total Recall, we look back at over 15 years of PlayStation control pads.

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firemassacre3086d ago

i love this controller for fighting games, its bar none.

Gunshot3086d ago

Sorry Kinect and move, but controllers like this is all I need.

a_bro3086d ago

it makes you wonder though, will sony finally change the controller design when we hit PS4? i for one dont see any issues with it, except for the L2, R2 buttons...

Nitrowolf23086d ago (Edited 3086d ago )

I see no reason why they should change it the current controller is fine the way it is. We might see additional buttons added or some improvements to them, but i don't expect huge changes.

As long as Sony releases DualShock 4 Day one.

I_find_it_funny3086d ago (Edited 3086d ago )

they might change R2 L2 but everyting else is fine, I'm using it since forever and have no issues with it

symmetric analogs ftw

MaxXAttaxX3086d ago (Edited 3086d ago )

The most I see changing for the DualShock 4 could be the L2/R2 design and possibly added resistance for the analog sticks.

It's still a great controller fit for almost any genre.

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xX-StolenSoul-Xx3086d ago

Ditto this controller kicks ass! Sure Xbox 360 has a good one as well... But i grew up with this one! Even when they did not have analog sticks back in the old days lol.

saladthieves3086d ago

This is a perfect controller, putting some design issues aside, such as the inward shaped L2 and R2 buttons which can be a bit slippery during gaming.

As for comfortability, I prefer the Xbox 360 controller. I have big hands and it easily fits in my palms without trouble. The position of the DualShock's sticks is not ideal for me (my opinion). I find myself bending my thumbs back a bit in order to grip them. But their accuracy/sensitivity and larger dead-zone compared to the 360 is just so much better.

I also like the fact that it has the best D pad compared to the 360's worst D pad (in my opinion). Selecting an item that is accessible in say up+left position (like the sonic boom in Batman Arkham Asylum) can be annoying sometimes.

Nitrowolf23086d ago (Edited 3086d ago )

The controller has remained the exact same thing externally for the last 15 years (beside the PS button and wireless). I've recently opened PS1, PS2, and a PS3 Dual Shock Controller (broken). The PS3 DS3 has become much more organized and easier to take apart then previous versions. The rumble weights inside all appear to be the exact same (2 on the left and 3-4 on the right).

I'm wondering if this is just in general, since there are more right handed then left handed, so more feedback on the right hand for rumble.

Internally there has been quit a few changes since the introduction of a battery pack, controller Lights, and PS button, and along with better holding slots for all the parts.

consolez_FTW3086d ago

I hope sony keeps the same controller design for PS4 because it's perfect. Though if they just change the L2 and R2 triggers, then it'd be perfectly perfected!

ShabbaRanks3086d ago

Ya I agree with a_bro ... L2 and R2 need to be fixed for Dualshock 4 ... Real triggers next time plz :D

BitbyDeath3086d ago

A touchpad on the back could work, similar to that of the Vita.
I don't want to see a screen on it though.

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