Not like that. It always bugs me when people say their thumbs constantly knock into each other when using the analog sticks. Whenever they demonstrate it, it looks ridiculous and unbelievable that people hold the controller like that.
Holy crap! No wonder some people say that the PS3 controller is uncomfortable; they're doing it wrong!
I have no problems handling both. My only gripe with the 360 controller is the D-pad and the dualshock is the shitty L2 and R2 "slip factor 10" triggers.
I guess I use the "claw"? I dunno, why use two fingers for four buttons when I can use four fingers for four buttons just as comfortably? The "right" way seems pretty fucking dumb to me. My hands aren't so feeble that I need the extra finger to support the weight of the DS3. There's absolutely no advantage to opting in to less precision. Have you ever played Armored Core?
@starvinggamer: The back of the controller is clearly designed to rest on your middle fingers. Besides, I have almost never come across a situation while playing a game where I needed such immediate access to all 4 triggers that the fraction of a second it takes to move from one to another would ever make a difference. Heavy Rain is possibly the only exception that comes to mind, given how those quick time events occasionally forced you to hold several buttons at once.
If you find it comfortable then cool, but it seems incredibly uncomfortable to me.
@starvinggamer: The back of the controller is clearly designed to rest on your middle fingers. Besides, I have almost never come across a situation while playing a game where I needed such immediate access to all 4 triggers that the fraction of a second it takes to move from one to another would ever make a difference.
I don't know about clearly, since my ring fingers fit neatly and comfortably into the grooves behind the L2/R2 buttons, and when I try to put my middle fingers there instead my pinky fingers end up half dangling off the end of the handles unless I curl them up reaaaaaal tight.
Also, Armored Core 1-3.
@starvinggamer: For me it depends on which triggers I'm using. If it's the back triggers they rest on the backside of the controller, if it's the front triggers then it's under the edge of the back triggers. But I never use my middle finger instead of my index finger to actually push the button.
I've never played Armored Core, but there are always exceptions.
I hold it taking in mind the way thumbs are constructed, ie I hold it correctly and have fine control despite the sticks, unlike like an imbecile holding it with the first segment of the thumb much like a complaining very small child trying to put the wrong shape block through the wrong shape hole.
Unless I'm playing Demon Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 or any other game where I use every single button actively together with the right stick camera a lot because then it's claw-hand time for righty with middle and ring finger on R1 and R2. Never ever does anything feel hurty.
The claw. Aka *The Four Finger Stance*. Superior reaction times. For advanced super-dextrous players.
And you're getting it wrong. Yes, it's uncomfortable at first, but once your muscle memory and muscles themselves have adapted to *The Claw*, it's the superior way to hold any gamepad. Not only does it offer superior reaction times, complaints about things like the triggers evaporate as well. I've also noticed some physiological changes in my body, like a thickening of my middle fingers due to building up muscles, especially on the right middle finger due to playing racing games.
As far as I'm concerned, if you are not using *The Claw*, you are one of the uninitiated - an unwashed and uneducated plebian of a videogame player - so repentent, heathen!