The controller looks abysmal to hold.

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#1 Edited by Metal_Mills (3442 posts) -

Yeah it might be cool using it as a touch screen or a smaller tv screen kind of thing but holding it looks so bad. I can't imagine holding it in a conformable way.

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It's so giant and just a big rectangle. The buttons under the analog stick is a bad position, the bumpers are too high up, you can't rap your fingers around the trigger like a...trigger, it's more like a back button. I think of playing a game like Battlefield 3 or something like that on it and cringe. Am I the only one?
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#2 Posted by Neezie (163 posts) -

It looks like switching from the 2nd circle pad to the buttons will be super uncomfortable. I wonder how heavy it is.

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#3 Posted by Metal_Mills (3442 posts) -
@Neezie said:

It looks like switching from the 2nd circle pad to the buttons will be super uncomfortable. I wonder how heavy it is.

It was pretty thick when they turned it.
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#4 Posted by liquidmatt (244 posts) -

I fail to see how Battlefield will be played on this, rather than on a normal controller/mouse and keyboard. It looks so bad! And for games that use the touchscreen, it just seems a gimmick. 

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#5 Posted by PenguinDust (12997 posts) -

Is it any more difficult to handle than an Ipad?  I'm curious because I've never played with one of those but this looks to be a bit smaller than Apple's tablet.  Probably lighter, too but that's just a guess.

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#6 Posted by Creamypies (4169 posts) -

You make a fair point, it does looks slightly uncomfortable for a game that uses the buttons and sticks.

We'll hear from the Bomb crew later tonight, I guess. If it feels weird, they'll probably tell us.

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#7 Posted by drag (1212 posts) -

Apparently it's quite comfortable. 

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#8 Posted by Subjugation (4963 posts) -

They took the concept of ergonomics and completely threw it out of the window.

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#9 Posted by buft (3409 posts) -

seems unwieldly but so did the N64 controller back in its day and that turned out fine

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#10 Posted by Twitchey (962 posts) -

I think the person in the picture is holding it wrong. Their hands are too low and need to be higher for the analog sticks and triggers.

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#11 Edited by SteamPunkJin (1283 posts) -

In addition to looking wildly uncomfortable I'd be worried about sitting on it and having it crack in two and costing a ton to replace. (yes I know, pick shit up off the couch)

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#12 Posted by Trnck (454 posts) -

I'd like to have a tablet like thing and detachable controller parts... This thing, not so hot, but I would eventually get one some day.

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#13 Posted by Red (6146 posts) -

I think the worst part would be those analog sticks, why not have them below the D-Pad and buttons?

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#14 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

Thumbstick above the buttons says everything I need to know about the controller.

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#15 Posted by Aishan (1066 posts) -
@buft said:
seems unwieldly but so did the N64 controller back in its day and that turned out fine
The n64 controller was perfectly designed. 
 
For people with three hands.
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#16 Posted by Jeffsekai (7159 posts) -

I agree, that unsold me of the whole system. Does not look fun to play BF3, or NG3 on that thing.

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#17 Posted by Xander (150 posts) -

It's very possible that nothing they show will be the final design.

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#18 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

The one thing I'm worried about is that terrible looking analog stick placement.  Definitely don't want to play a shooter on this (though I didn't want to play a shooter on a Nintendo console anyways).

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#19 Posted by J12088 (471 posts) -
@SteamPunkJin: How much do you weigh? o.0
 
I've never worried about snapping any sort of remote in half. Or laptops for that matter. And I've sat on both. That thing wont break from someone sitting on it.
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#20 Posted by eroticfishcake (7857 posts) -

I'm gonna wait for the Wii U Lite XL. 
 
Jokes aside, as silly as the Wii U is, Nintendo always had the balls to innovate in crazy ways. While it probably won't do that well I'm pretty sure it's a necessary step in console development. I wouldn't be surprised if future consoles took at least one idea from the Wii U. Here's hoping that  it actually gets some proper third-party support. Also, a better controller.

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#21 Posted by Thoseposers (926 posts) -

They redesigned the original DS after they showed it off the first time didn't they?

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#22 Posted by Brendan (9070 posts) -

It doesn't look very comfortable, but from show floor tweets people seem to think it's better than we're assuming. I'm not sold until I hold the thing with my own hands.

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#23 Posted by Sayishere (1854 posts) -

Its quite a thick controller, i think its one of those things were looks can be deceiving.

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#24 Posted by Kjellm87 (1735 posts) -
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#25 Posted by onarum (2985 posts) -

Looks like it would be the exact same fell as holding a tablet, only with buttons.

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#26 Posted by MachoFantastico (6307 posts) -

Some early impressions have been okay, but I'll wait and see what the Bombcrew say.

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#27 Edited by Winternet (8399 posts) -

Word from the street is that it feels great.

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#28 Posted by Icemael (6860 posts) -

Not really. It looks like it'll work just fine. Might take a couple of minutes to get used to the analogue stick positions, but I won't be surprised if it's more comfortable than the Dualshock.

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#29 Posted by SteamPunkJin (1283 posts) -
@J12088 said:
@SteamPunkJin: How much do you weigh? o.0  I've never worried about snapping any sort of remote in half. Or laptops for that matter. And I've sat on both. That thing wont break from someone sitting on it.
It's not that I'm heavy (about 165) it's that it looks so thin - I have a tendency to just plop down on the couch after work, it's not a weight issue for a force issue. The Wii U controller is probably thicker than I'm imagining, it just looks...blocky yet delicate.
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#30 Posted by memo (425 posts) -
I like the idea that all the HUD will be on the controller and the tv screen would be clean.
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#31 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -
@memo said:
I like the idea that all the HUD will be on the controller and the tv screen would be clean.
Looking up and down all the time or holding the controller like a steering wheel is going to be awesome.
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#33 Posted by Icemael (6860 posts) -
@memo said:
I like the idea that all the HUD will be on the controller and the tv screen would be clean.
It's a horrible idea. If you're going to do no HUD, you should do it Dead Space-style. 

It's going to be great for maps, inventory systems and other stuff you'd otherwise have to pause to access, though. Especially with the touch controls.
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#34 Edited by PenguinDust (12997 posts) -

The controller has pads or discs and not joysticks so I'm not sure how shooter fans are going to feel about that.  I guess we can get used to anything, but the question is will we see a benefit in converting?

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#35 Edited by Xzeno (15 posts) -

I have to agree, It seems like it's an Ipad sized controller and of all people I know who have those they're all right for short uses but not extended hours of play. Regardless of how cool it is or how little it may weighs the awkward way in which you'd probably need to hold it seems like it would wear on you after a while. Ever try to comfortably sit down while holding an Ipad, some might argue with me but it's not exactly easy. 
 
As for the screen my biggest concern is that it'll have the same issues for developers as the Wii did where they just didn't know how to use it properly so most games used very basic functions of the Wiimote, like a slight waggle here or there. I have a feeling the controllers screen will be used most of the time for item menus and health bars.

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#36 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -

@HandsomeDead said:

Thumbstick above the buttons says everything I need to know about the controller.

So true.

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#37 Posted by jmfinamore (1092 posts) -
@Icemael said:
Not really. It looks like it'll work just fine. Might take a couple of minutes to get used to the analogue stick positions, but I won't be surprised if it's more comfortable than the Dualshock.
They could wrap it in barbed wire and it would be more comfortable than a Dualshock.  
 
But I think you're right. The grips on the back looked good. I just feel like the idea of using the "Y" button as the "A" button will mess with my head a bit. I still wonder about the motion from stick to button though. It's vertical and not as naturally angled as the way modern controllers have it. 
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#38 Posted by citizenkane (10877 posts) -

Yeah, it looks really awkward. Unless something major happens, I'll skip out on another Nintendo console.

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#39 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3858 posts) -

It does look uncomfortable, but I think I'll reserve judgment until I actually hold one in my hand.

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#40 Posted by captainanarchy (38 posts) -

Throw the controller out and I'm sold otherwise it looks uncomfortable and not something i want to use for extended periods of time.
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#41 Posted by JoeyRavn (5224 posts) -

I admit I thought it was gonna be much more unconfortable than what it looks like right now. It's not as ergonomic as a "standard" gamepad, but it doesn't seem to "throw out everything we know about ergonomics through the window". It actually looks kinda neat.

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#42 Posted by EVO (4029 posts) -

Abysmal to hold? Yes.  
 
But resting it on your lap should be ok. 

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#43 Posted by AgentJ (8995 posts) -

Kotaku's saying the thing is unbelievably light, like a cheap knock-off. 

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#44 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

It looks fine.

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#45 Posted by S0ndor (2717 posts) -

Everybody who actually played it said it felt really good.

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#46 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -
@S0ndor said:
Everybody who actually played it said it felt really good.
What do they know compared to miserable internet experts?
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#47 Posted by Hooded (495 posts) -

I does look horrible to hold and the fact that they didn't show the actual console or anything running on the console doesn't show any confidence.

Not intrested.

Stupid name too.

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#48 Posted by Metal_Mills (3442 posts) -
@ryanwho said:
@S0ndor said:
Everybody who actually played it said it felt really good.
What do they know compared to miserable internet experts?
Opinion with valid reasons = miserable internet expert. Intelligent post.
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#49 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 posts) -
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Because this was totally final, mm-hmm.

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#50 Posted by EvilTwin (3316 posts) -
@LunarAura: And if people hadn't complained about that, then we might have been stuck with it.  What's your point?

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