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Favorite PlayStation Controller?

PlayStation Original Controller 0 0.00%
 
Dual Analog 0 0.00%
 
DualShock 2 6.90%
 
DualShock 2 0 0.00%
 
Sixaxis 0 0.00%
 
DualShock 3 1 3.45%
 
DualShock 4 26 89.66%
 
Total:29

I'm not the PlayStation veteran that many here are. I've only owned the PS4 myself, and I've played some PS2 and PS3 here and there. That being said, how would you all rank the controllers. Feel free to chime in, even if you've only used a few. PS Move Controllers will obviously not be counted, as they're in a league of their own. At the moment, don't rank DualSense. Nobody has used it. However, if this thread is still alive later this year and into the future you can add in a DualSense ranking then.

The controllers are...

PlayStation Controller

Dual Analog 

DualShock

DualShock 2

Sixaxis

DualShock 3

DualShock 4

So I've only played with three of these, and I would rank them like this.

1. DualShock 4: Battery sucks, but I still like this controller a lot.

2. DualShock 2: Never got use out of the analog buttons, but still fine.

3. DualShock 3: It's comfy and functional enough.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

PS4: 130 mil (was 100 million) Xbox One: 55 mil (was 50 mil) Switch: 110 million (was 73, then 96 million)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

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I think I've used them all. Considering the entire line is quite similar it comes down to features more than feel. Without rumble the original and Six controllers feel light though.

I'd probably vote the DS3. Has everything from the previous iterations and excellent battery life. The DS4 is nice but the touchpad doesn't get tons of use, I've no need for a share button (gimme my select back), and the overwhelming issue is the battery. So much so that I just never unplug it. The speaker could have been used more and the LED necessary for VR which I do enjoy.

Hopefully the DS5 or whatever it's called isn't too big. I'd really hate for them to make drastic alterations now. One thing I'd never accept is offset analogs.



I picked DS4 but I still think it looks a bit off. I was way better with the DS2/DS3 and six axis but they were a wee bit too small and a lot less comfortable for prolonged use, however the design was something I grew up with and I had a certain way of handling the design I had to give up with 360 and ds4 but I do prefer the ds4 now over much anything else. Trackpad, motion controls, speaker, symmetrical sticks, great trigger compression, VR usage, it has it all but for some loose l1/r1 or "bumpers", not such great battery life and it lacks a pleasing look, although at least on charging it's quick and ready in no time.



 

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DS4 so far is the only good controller Sony has made. The others are awful. Cramped to hold. I hated every PS controller until DS4. DS4 is a good one. Not as good as XBO or Switch pro but still good. Comfy to hold but the batt life needs to be better.

Last edited by Leynos - on 15 July 2020

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Yeah, the DS4. One of the best controllers of all time.



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Easily DualShock 4. I hated the earlier PS controllers, they were always too small for my hands, and I didn't like the ergonomics. DualSense seems like it will become the new best though, as they've made the ergonomics even more like the Xbox controllers than DualShock 4 was, that plus the new innovations should easily make it the best.



John2290 said:
I picked DS4 but I still think it looks a bit off. I was way better with the DS2/DS3 and six axis but they were a wee bit too small and a lot less comfortable for prolonged use, however the design was something I grew up with and I had a certain way of handling the design I had to give up with 360 and ds4 but I do prefer the ds4 now over much anything else. Trackpad, motion controls, speaker, symmetrical sticks, great trigger compression, VR usage, it has it all but for some loose l1/r1 or "bumpers", not such great battery life and it lacks a pleasing look, although at least on charging it's quick and ready in no time.

If the DualShock 4 had a way better battery, a smaller light bar like the one on the DualSense and no touchpad (since the touchpad is very rarely used in a meaningful way), I think it would by my favorite controller ever by a significant margin.

For reference my favorite controllers (in no particular order): GameCube, Xbox 360, DualShock 4, and Switch Pro Controller. I'm sure DualSense will end up being up there. And the reason I don't favor the Xbox One controller over the 360 is because I've only used it for a few hours over a period of about 5 years now. If I had used it more, I'd probably prefer it over the 360 controller.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

PS4: 130 mil (was 100 million) Xbox One: 55 mil (was 50 mil) Switch: 110 million (was 73, then 96 million)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

As someone with small hands I've always liked the PlayStation controllers, and with the Dualshock 4 I think they've made the most comfortable controller I've ever held, albeit at the cost of battery life, but the battery life has never once bothered me anyway lol. Can't wait for the Dualsense to come out so I can compare them, hopefully it's the better controller, but we'll see!



Dualshock 4> everything else.



The controllers have never been PlayStation’s best part, to say the least, but I thought the first DualShock was fine in its time. I liked the weight. The Sixaxis is fine too, though it is quite light. It’s wireless ofcourse which is a plus. The DS4 sucks however, it’s terrible. Not only is it still too light, it’s also too bright. The lightbar is completely annoying. Useless too, but not as useless as the touchpad, for which I still never found a use other than being just a huge start button. Its batterylife is non-existant, like, really, and the buttons are too ‘mushy’. But, rant aside, I never tried the very first PlayStation controller, the DS2 and the DS3, though I assume the DS2 is mostly like the original DS, and DS3 is like the Sixaxis.