Debate of the Day: Controller Philosophy

I saw this image floating around this weekend which encapsulates the different controller philosophies of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The follow-up question is always, “which do you think is the best?”

Personally, I have to go with the Xbox 360 controller, all fanboyism aside. It just feels the most natural in-hand. I’d say the N64 controller, but though I was used to it’s feel, it’s hard to deny that it wasn’t one of the most grossly inefficient controllers out there where the entire left third of it was useless.

What I DON’T understand are people saying that the Gamecube is their favorite, as the controller, for me, was one of the primary reasons I could never really get into the system. Everything felt cheap, from the buttons to the joysticks to the triggers, and I don’t get why this controller is so beloved.

Dualshock is an old standard, and it’s fine, but I wouldn’t be opposed to Sony taking a risk or two in the name of evolution. By far the worst selection on here is the original Xbox controller, which was about the size of the sun and weight about twice as much.


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