One of the most important parts of any video gaming experience is the controller. While the modern controller does not come in very many forms, there are certainly differences between the contemporary controllers. On one end of the spectrum, we have the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, with their relatively comparable controllers. On the other end, we have the Wii and Wii U with their motion-controlled remotes (along with the tablet controller for the Wii U).
I am very excited for the new console generation, especially the seemingly inevitable Playstation 4. Perhaps one of the most exciting rumors about the Playstation 4 has to do with the controller. Recently, Kotaku reported a rumor saying that the new controller will probably not be very different from the Playstation 3 controller. This is exactly what I want. I have heard many people who prefer the Xbox 360 controller, but I personally believe that the PS3 controller is the best controller on the market today.
Perhaps the most important feature of any controller is how it feels in one’s hands, and the PS3 controller feels perfect. This controller design has not changed very much over the past several generations, but this classic Dualshock design has always been good.
It could simply be that I am used to this controller design, but as I have already said, the controller just feels right in my hands. The Xbox controller feels too big and heavy, and don’t even get me started on the Wii motion controllers. In short, motion control in gaming is not for me.
The PS3 controller is not perfect, though. The Sixaxis motion functionality built into the controller with the release of the console has so far been woefully underutilized; no game has ever convinced me that this technology was worth including in the controller. Even for motion control technology, Sixaxis is relatively crude. Sony essentially admitted defeat with Sixaxis when they released their far more sophisticated Move motion controller.
With the upcoming console generation, I am hoping for very few changes in the controller realm. Honestly, I feel like we is an industry have plateaued with controllers; we really can’t improve them much more. Instead of focusing on improving the way we control games, we could focus on improving the games themselves.
Controllers are in a great place right now, regardless of which kind of controller you prefer. Personally, I believe that the Playstation 3 offers the best controller in the current console generation.