My Favourite Controller Is Still The Xbox 360 Controller
My preference for the older Xbox 360 controller is by no means a troll of any sort. I legitimately prefer said controller to the newest iteration in the Xbox One controller, and for me personally it comes down to both the size of the controller, getting used to a smaller streamlined design and more refined analogue sticks. I have huge hands, this is no stretch of the imagination. I am a giant among normal handed men and women. I feel somewhat like a character from a 90s sidescrolling platformer, or perhaps Wreck-It Ralph is a pertinent example of my crisis at hand.
I can’t argue that the PS4 controller’s design is not an improvement over the previous design of the PS3 controller. The analogue sticks are tighter and increasingly responsive, and the triggers are a vast improvement over the previous generation. The Xbox One controller introduces haptic feedback in the triggers, refined analogue sticks and a smaller streamlined design. In the case of the Xbox One controller, it will take some getting used to I suppose. It is a much smaller controller in my hands and I did enjoy the heaviness and much broader design of the Xbox 360 controller when playing games. But the improvements with the Xbox One controller make an already near perfect controller that much better.
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In all probability, I’m just a stickler for sticking with what works for my own playing style and not changing with the times. At least, and thank the gaming gods for this one, the D-pad is now fixed with the Xbox One controller, that was one of the only real downsides with the original Xbox 360 controller. The battery pack will also no longer be a problem that takes up space where your fingers meet when holding the controller, so that is a another plus right there for the Xbox One controller.
Ironically after explaining for the length of this article why I love the bulky Xbox 360 controller, I will be purchasing a PS4 at launch. I have tested out the PS4 Dualshock 4 controller and I must admit that it is a much friendlier design for larger handed westerners, this time around. It is an oddly shaped controller, but it is a vast improvement. I do still hold a preference for the Xbox One controller because it is the legitimate successor of the Xbox 360 controller, but I am willing to the give the PS4 controller a chance. It was a pleasure to play Assassin’s Creed IV with the PS4 controller and whilst my preferences controller-wise may lie with the Xbox brand, I think it is time to move on and change it up a little.