After reading the article about 343 studios auctioning off old Xbox 1 controllers it made me remember how much I loved that thing despite how ugly it was. I'd like to know what is your favorite controller of all time?
My favorite is the Xbox 360 controller. It's the perfect size for my hand whereas the original Xbox controllers never felt right. The buttons are perfectly placed and the trigger are like a dream. I liked the SNES controller, too.
I don't personally like any of the PlayStation controllers, though. I don't know why but they always give me cramps after playing with them for a while. I never have this problem with any other controllers. I think it might be because of the specific shape, plus the analog sticks are too high and loose. The L2 and R2 buttons on the PS3 are dreadful pieces of crap.
As for first-party controllers, definitely the 360 LE controller with the transforming D-pad. Nothing else even comes close. The 360 controller took what I thought was the best controller last gen, the Xbox Controller S, fixed the black and white buttons, made it wireless, but unfortunately screwed up the D-pad. The LE version fixes the D-pad and improves it to the point that it's the best D-pad I've ever used. So it has an excellent D-pad, extremely solid construction, good buttons, the best triggers, an ergonomic shape that's comfortable for small or large hands, good rumble, what isn't to love?
Including all controllers, I like my Fight Stick Tournament Edition. Granted, it's only good for the one genre of games, but it's so good at what it does that it's still my favorite.
Probably the dual shock. A right analogue stick solved all of the 3D camera problems of the past.
It would be the 360 controller if it didn't have that pathetic d-pad.
I also have to mention the Mega Drive controller which had one of the greatest d-pads of all time.
Keyboard and Mouse. Have yet to find a controller that felt natural in my hands, and let me do what I wanted it to do.I take it you've never played a fighting or driving game before, right?
The Xbox 360 gamepad. It's the right size, it's the right shape, the face buttons feel great, the triggers feel great, the analogue sticks have great grip and are positioned perfectly. The only poor part is the D-pad, which I'm fine with since I've never needed to use it for anything more advanced than weapon switching.
The 360 controller, because it's suited for nearly every type of game (don't play fighting games so I don't really mind of the horrible D-pad) and the DualShock 2 controller. The extra curving that the L2 and R2 buttons gave the controller are just so damn nice. Shame they fucked it up with the SixAxis and DualShock 3.
These days, the Xbox360 controller. The dpad sucks, but better a sucky dpad then a sucky analog stick (Playstation). I also like the Gamecube controller, but it is nowhere near as versatile as the Xbox360 controller (no LB/RB, second analogstick is to small, no USB, etc.). That said, official drivers for the Xbox360 controller on PC are the worst drivers I have ever seen for a controller, luckily homebrew alternatives exist.
Going back a decade: The Sidewinder 3D Pro was a fantastic joystick, brought throttle and ruddle controls to every day consumers, didn't require calibration and had a bunch more buttons then other joysticks. I also find it much more comfortable then the Ergonomic Sidewinders that followed. To bad its Gameport only and doesn't have USB.
It's a toss up between the GameCube's WaveBird and the 360 controller. The WaveBird's ergonomics are perfect and I love how your fingers slide into the hollowed out triggers. But the 360 controller is smoother, has more responsive, weighty buttons and is lighter. If it wasn't for the terrible D-pad, it would win hands down.
Also the TE Fightstick is the best thing ever.
And the Wii's classic controller is awful! Tiny sticks on a SNES controller, really?
Xbox 360 with the lockable D-pad. The PS3 controller isn't bad, but the triggers curve the worng direction.
For anybody who picks the original XBox controller, I'd like to know how tall they are. The only guy I know personally who likes it is 6"3. It makes sense that people with bigger hands might like it more.
The 360. It has a really poor d-pad (at least the older models) but it isn't such a big deal, since most games don't use it.
I hate that Sony seem to refuse to move the analogue sticks to make them the primary method of control, even though they're used as such in almost every game these days. It's uncomfortable having them at the bottom and they're made of a bad material.. the triggers are bad too. I think the Gamecube controller is second for me after the 360 one, it was a great shape and just felt right.