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In issue 242, we asked readers what their favorite controller is. The Xbox 360 beat out the DualShock 3 by a modest margin, though most acknowledged the problems with Microsoft's d-pad. Here are some of the responses.
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So what im seeing is that personal preference descides ones opinion. Who would have thought?
The Playstation controller has always been one of the main reasons why I've never been able to get into any PlayStation games.
Just like James D. Brown in the article there is a category of gamers who don't just have large hands, but tiny hands. I have multiple friends who have had to go with 3rd party Mad Catz controllers because they release a 30% smaller controller for the PS3.
Is that a valid choice? 3rd party controllers?
Xbox 360 remote is very well made but the dual shock has durability unlike ms remote, sticks loosened about 3 months in, unless your a causal gamer
Overall, my favorite controller has to be the xbox 360. It's ideal for first person shooters (which i play pretty often). the diagonal analog sticks are also ideal and just feel natural. I just love the feel and interface of the guide button (not too obtrusive, but helpful as well) I have big hands so it feels really comfortable. I would say for third person/action games, the ps3 is the better option. I don't like the fact that my thumbs occasionally collide when i play (which it looks like they solved on the new PS4 controller.
I've utilized many controllers over the last 26 years, and I have to say that there always seems to be one thing a certain controller has over the other.... Some of my favorites have been the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis 6-Pad, Sega Saturn (US and JP), Dreamcast, and Gamecube controllers.
But since this article seems to focus only on Xbox 360 and PS3 I have to say that I have always preferred the Dualshock3 over the 360 controller purely because of the analogs. Sure the 360's "triggers" beat out the L2/R2 buttons, but the DS3 analogs offer a far greater resistance IMHO... I've never had so much a of problem with my thumbs slipping off the DS3's analogs either, they were without a doubt my favorite analog sticks this gen.
Yeah, I like the 360's grip more but the buttons all felt too cheap. The analogs wear out extremely quickly, resulting in an almost impossible to reach "mid-point" after a while, and that is extremely frustrating. Face buttons get stuck inside the pad (seen this more than a few times on different people's controllers), and to be truthfully honest I just don't like the analog/d-pad layout. I didn't even like the layout back on the Sega Saturn Analog, or Dreamcast controllers.... I find Sony's arrangement for more comfortable.
And while both D-Pads are garbage, Sony's option has been more "usable" in the past. Even the new improved 360 D-Pad just wears into your thumb after awhile, making it extremely uncomfortable.
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I must admit, I still have my N64! MACE:The Dark Age, 007 Golden Eye and Perfect Dark are my favorite games on it. I could NOT imagine playing them with any other controller, other than the original N64 controller. It's still my favorite controller.
GameCube hands down. Everything was perfect no bad dpads or size problems. Feals comfortable in your hand.
I have to admit that when I hold an 360 controller, I'm not going to like, it felt good, but just like any other consoles, it also has it's downs, the battery pack location, makes my fingers uncomfortable, if I use it for a long amount of time, my middle finger gets numb, to me, that's a big minus, I love fighting games also, and the d-pad is horrible, I love my ps3 controller, but unfortunately it's not good either, the size is just too small, sometimes my thumbs are overlapping, and I don't even have big hands, but hey, at least i don't get my fingers numb. i like both, but for me personally, I rather play on my ps3 controller.