The release of new consoles to the market brings new controllers. It also seems to spark a huge debate as to what is the best controller of all time. Now that most gamers have had a good amount of time to get to grips with their PS4 or Xbox One, I thought I'd compile my list of the best gaming controllers I've played with over the years.
This is the controller for the Sega Master System, my first home console. I know it doesn't have nearly as many buttons as today's controllers, but it did the job for playing arcade style games at home. Unfortunately, because of it's rectangular design it's not very ergonomic. I used to find it creased your hands after playing games for about 20 minutes.
I bet you're wondering what the hell is this? Well this was a revolutionary and cheap way of providing young boys with lots of games to play on one device. Advertised with 126 games built in, all you had to do was plug in the power supply and connect it to your TV via the aerial. The console itself then served as the controller.
For the SNES and Megadrive controllers I felt that I couldn't separate the two. Compared to the controllers of the previous generation, both were more rounded and therefore more comfortable to use for long periods. Individually I live the design of both controllers so both should be considered equals of the 16-bit era.
I still remember way back in 1993 when I first played Sony's PlayStation console. It was Crash Bandicoot! The controller design was ground breaking for it's day. The gaming world was first introduced to shoulder buttons and the addition of handles gave the controller a more ergonomic feel.
People may have taken one look at the N64 controller and thought it looked complicated to use. Surprisingly though it was one of the most comfortable controllers I have ever come across. Playing GoldenEye on the N64 was a real joy with this controller.
The controller for the Sega Dreamcast was quite unique when it was first released. Memory cards had their own screen and were loaded into the top of the controller. Also the wire came out of the bottom rather than the top. For me it's the first controller I remember that had left and right triggers, which is the norm for today's controllers.
When the PS2 was everyone's console of choice, I was different and went with Microsoft's Xbox. The first controller for this controller may have been a bit of a mammoth but the second attempt, the controller S, replaced the original controller as the standard to be bundled with all new consoles. Personally I think this controller is better than the 360 version.
The DualShock 3 is an amazing controller because of the technology is uses. When comparing it to others I like the fact that it has bluetooth connectivity and a built-in Lithium-ion battery. It also has many uses for gaming on your mobile, tablet and even PC.
This is my favourite controller of all time. Not only it is the most comfortable to hold for long periods, but it's also the controller that got non-gamers gaming. The Wii remote was such a revolutionary piece of hardware that it made the Wii one of the most successful home consoles of all time.