Let's have some opinions on this one. there have been some excellent controllers and some pretty groundbreaking ones (N64 springs to mind)
My choice is the Wico Command Control from 1982. The boxed controllers had all plastic parts inside, but these were all metal and could take a serious beating. Really one of the best controllers I ever had. Simple and classic.
They made a trackball version, too but I didn't have one of those...wanted one but they were much more expensive than the joysticks.
The only thing that holds the 360 controller back from being the best ever in my eyes is the horrible d-pad. For those who say it isn't that bad, go play SFIV with it. I'd personally say the GameCube controller because it's almost like the controller isn't even there sometimes since it's so comfortable.
I'm very fond of the 360 controller. A lot of controllers are too small for my big hands, but the 360 controller is reasonably big. The gamecube controller was good too.
Although if Sony hadn't copped out of their original PS3 controller, this discussion would be a complete no brainer:
I remember coming off the Atari 2600 controller (with one button) to the NES controller (with 2, plus Start & Select) and thinking it was the greatest thing ever...plus the NES had MUSIC!!
But, as far as modern controllers, I prefer the 360 controller. The tumbsticks are perfectly sized, and placed in the right location. The buttons are placed just right, too. The Playstation's original controller, while more or less the next iteration of the SNES controller, made the horrible mistake of putting the analog sticks in the middle portion of the controller- which is very uncomfortable. What Sony should've done is moved them to positions similar to the 360's controller when they intoduced the first dual shocks.
I all so agree with matty I liked the boomerang it was so ergonomic looking if they had released it I bet it would be the best controller even over the 360 since the 360's only failing is its dpad.
dualshock really actually sucks its not ergonomic in the least and the boomerang would have fixed that.
"The DualShock 2 is my favorite controller; it worked as well for flying games as it did for fighting games. The 360 controller comes in at a close second, only losing points for its horrible d-pad."The Gamecube had similar D-pad issues but it was still nowhere as horrible as the 360 D-pad. Now that I think about it, with the exception to 3rd party controllers, the Dualshock controllers were the only controller that had both a good D-pad and analog sticks.
For anything 2D (or things like SFIV) this is the best controller. It's got the best button placement, and the best d-pad. It was originally created for the SEGA Saturn, taking after the successful design of the 6-button Genesis controller, but since then it has been re-released for just about any platform there is, including the PC. Even CAPCOM's custom fighting pads released for various systems, like the PlayStation 2, pretty much ripped this design off.
X360 controller is the best in my opinion
"For anything 2D (or things like SFIV) this is the best controller. It's got the best button placement, and the best d-pad. It was originally created for the SEGA Saturn, taking after the successful design of the 6-button Genesis controller, but since then it has been re-released for just about any platform there is, including the PC. Even CAPCOM's custom fighting pads released for various systems, like the PlayStation 2, pretty much ripped this design off.I never liked those controllers , they were not comfy at all
I don't know there have been lots that have been good. I just think that it has to be by generation because you can't compare some to those without rumble and no analog stick. I liked the Super Nintendo one over the genesis. Hear though lots of people loved the Genesis 6 button and the Sega Saturn one.
I liked the N64 one though for Wrestling games, one could get tired using the D-Pad. I think the innovation sony made with 4 shoulder buttons is great. But the layout and feel of the sticks, I really hate the PS controller, even though I think it is great they built in rumble. The first Xbox controller, maybe worse than the PS but not sure.
The Xbox 360 controller would be amazing if it had a built in battery and a beter d-pad. The gamecube one was also great and felt good but for some games, the button layout was awkward, also found it akward there was only 3 shoulder buttons.
Conclusion? Gonna say the Xbox 360 controller has been the best. This weekend I picked it up think I was gonna play Killzone 2, then I had to put it down and only wish that I could hook up my 360 controller using USB into my PS3 to play killzone, oh what could be.
I think the original Xbox S controller was fantastic. The Playstation dual shock is definitely an iconic design and one of my favorites. I also like the Gamecube's controller, VERY comfortable.
I also have to give a nod to the NES controller, for having such a simple interface. I would mention the 360 controller, but I hate the D-Pad, other than that its also very comfortable.
I love the 360 controller, it made the right improvements over the Xbox S Controller. If only that damn D-Pad was better.
I also agree that the Gamecube had a great controller, though the c-tick and mini d-pad could have been better. The Dual Shocks are fine, though I'm not a huge fan of the thumbstick placements.
360 controller - good triggers
PS3 controller - lighter, six axis, better d-pad, is both wired and wireless using only a simple usb cable.
I think some of the worst controllers I've used are from the wii. I'm standing in the middle of the room with a stick in one hand and a freaking nunchuck in the other, all of this bound with wires and wrist straps. After I'm done with that, I can go step onto the "amaaaazing balance board!".
"Nobody here has class. Clearly the winner by far is the Intellivision controller, yet not one person has yet to acknowledge that. Well, no more, for that will precisely be my answer just because it can be!Pepsiman, you make me laugh. Excellent choice...gawd, I'm remembering the squishyness of the directional disc now and getting all tearyeyed.
The N64 controller was pretty innovative. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it was the first controller to use the analog stick and have rumble which set the standard for the way controllers are designed today. On the consoles I've owned since, the xbox 360 controller is the best. The first xbox controller sucked ass and made my wrists ache and swell.
"The N64 controller was pretty innovative. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it was the first controller to use the analog stick and have rumble which set the standard for the way controllers are designed today."I believe it was an Atari 5200 controller that used the first analog joystick. The N64 controller's joystick actually wasn't even technically analog. [Source]
Also, the N64 controller did not have rumble. The Rumble Pak was an external device released later that could be slotted under the controller.
"I personally think the X360 is the best controller to date. I think the GC controller is a close second and possibly could have taken the top spot if it didn't have some horrible design choices....such as the Z button. <--- I hate the Z button!"
I don't agree with either of those choices. I find the 360 controller aesthetically ugly, possessing a horrible nonresponsive d-pad, and action buttons that are way too protrusive (like you're pressing on balls rather than buttons). The GC controller for me was also a nightmare, it's like they took an N64 controller, threw it into a fire, and then took it out after half of it melted.
The best controller is the PS2/PS3 controller. It's tightly designed and you can play it for hours comfortably.
I have problems with every controller. Though the 360, SNES, and Wavebird are among my favorites. I'll give a brief take on what I think of each controller I've used.
NES - Basic, uncomfortable shape, got the job done back then but controllers have come a long way since this...
SNES - Much better. Still has a flat design, which isn't ideal for comfort, but I loved the combination of concave and convex buttons and can't understand why I've never seen them again. That combo was totally ideal for using 2 face buttons at once. Also, shoulder buttons were a wonderful inclusion.
Genesis - Bulky, ditched the flat design which was a step in the right direction, though not enough buttons and the face buttons felt kind of cheap.
N64 - Unusual, but could work pretty nice if the buttons were mapped well enough in the games you played. The trigger button with the analog stick was definitely cool. The face buttons weren't so hot. The controller itself is enormous, and so is the d-pad. The shoulder buttons were okay, and the rumble pak was a nice addition but it definitely added a lot of weight to the controller.
Playstation - The original Playstation controller (not the Dualshock) was pretty excellent. I still don't think the shape of it is that comfortable, but the layout was simple and pretty fantastic.
Playstation 2 - The Dual Shock is pretty good, though I must admit it took me some time to get used to the analog sticks. I found that it would actually hurt my hands if I tried playing games using the d-pad, since the analog sticks kind of get in the way and you have to hold it sort of awkwardly. Though, once I adjusted to playing with dual analog controls, things were pretty good. However, it is worth noting that these things are cheap as heck. I'd probably had 4 or 5 of them break on me in some way or other. Oh, also, I'm not feeling the pressure sensitivity. Neat idea, but I'd rather not have to push buttons harder for more damage.
Xbox - The Controller S is okay, but overall, I had quite a few problems with it. First of all, it took me a long time to be able to push the back, start, black, and white buttons comfortably. I have pretty big hands, so maybe the first Xbox controller they released would have been better for me, but I've never used it so I don't know. Aside from that, the controller was good, except the d-pad was lousy. It was also pretty comfortable to hold. Both of my Xbox controllers broke before I was ready to retire my Xbox for good. My Xbox kept saying the controllers were disconnected, although they weren't, making me unable to play. Not cool.
Gamecube - I love how this controller fits in your hands. Great comfort level, but also quite a lot of problems. It doesn't work as well with dual analog controls since the analog sticks are sitting in octagons. The Z button was kind of lame. The d-pad was tiny. The face buttons did not have the most ideal layout. The shoulder buttons were great with their 3 levels of sensitivity, except for one problem. Too many games only registered that you pushed the triggers if you pushed them all the way down until they clicked. That was lame. It's hard on the fingers, and in games like Mario Kart: Double Dash where you're pushing the triggers constantly, it's not so pleasant. Despite all my criticisms, I did still thoroughly enjoy this controller. It even got better when it went wireless with the Wavebird.
Xbox 360 - This time, Microsoft almost got it completely right. It's comfortable, it's wireless, it has everything you need in a controller. The bumper buttons were a nice inclusion, but there is one big problem. They didn't fix the lousy d-pad! What the heck, man?! It's just as bad as before! That thing is pretty much useless. I think that's actually my only complaint about the 360 controller, so you can see why it's one of my favorites.
Not really sure. All the Dualshocks have been great. Yes they may night be the most ergonomical but I have never had any trouble with them so I can forgive that. Xbox 360 controllers are very comfortable, very ergonomical but I think they fall behind the Dualshock in functionality (at least in my view). In regards to Nintendo controllers though, the Wiimote is actually the closest thing they have bought out that I could say I really liked. The Gamecube was good but just a couple of things about it like z button and tiny sticks etc let it down. N64 controller was just plain terrible and simpler days of NES and SNES I always found those controllers too small for my hands even as a kid. Sega also made some Ok controllers in their day.