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The NeGcon (pronounced "Neh-Gee-Con") is a third-party controller manufactured by Namco in 1995 for the Sony Playstation
. This unique controller consisted of two halves connected by a swivel joint. Each half could be twisted relative to the other. This twisting motion registered as a directional command and served as a replacement for the analog sticks featured on Sony's DualShock controller. The goal of the NeGcon was to afford racing game enthusiasts precision steering controls.
In addition to swivel controls, the NeGcon also featured a unique button layout. The R2, L2 and select buttons are not present on the NeGcon. Many of the buttons were given different names. As well, many of the buttons required a larger than average travel distance before being activated. Namco intended for the NeGcon to be held in a similar fashion to that of a steering wheel. Because racing games at the time traditionally mapped the accelerate and brake controls to face buttons instead of shoulder buttons or triggers, players were not required to have their fingers hovering over the top portion of the controller. Instead, users of the NeGcon could hold the controller with a their fingers forming a fist while their thumbs hovered over the face of the controller.
Use of the NeGcon was supported by many racing games such as Gran Turismo
, Destruction Derby
, the Ridge Racer series
and the WipeOut series
. Though the controller was intended solely for use with the Playstation, some Playstation 2
games such as WipeOut Fusion
and Ridge Racer V
also featured support. The Ace Combat series
is one of the very few examples of non-racing games that allow the use of the NeGcon.
The NeGcon saw very little success in the third-party controller market, presumably due to limited compatibility and odd design. However, the device still holds some monetary value due to its rarity and hobbyist/collectors interest.