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Symmetrical 46 45.54%
Asymmetrical 55 54.46%

Simple question really, do you prefer your analogue sticks to be symmetrical or asymmetrical?

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I like symmetry but I've got no issue with asymmetry. I could do either.

The analog stick should be in the default position as it is the default movement control option.  "Symmetrical and asymmetrical" is not a consideration. It's baffling why that would even matter.

The correct question to ask is whether a person prefers an Analog Stick dominant format or D-Pad dominant format.

Last edited by NightlyPoe - on 20 July 2020

Symmetrical (Dual Shock Style),  and I sincerely believe that the asymmetric model is inferior since it prevents a better access to all buttons. As a big fan of using "claw grip" mixed with "common grip" I find that accessing the D-pad with the index finger ( see the figure) is very convenient, and for that reason I really feel that asymmetric controls don't work for me. Games like Dark souls, Devil may cry, Nioh, Monster Hunter, etc. claw grip really does make a difference for me, so I consider symmetrical analog controls (in Dual shock configuration) to be unreservedly superior.

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Symmetrical, I suppose. I like the way the Wii U did it. But I really don't care either way, as long as the controller is comfortable and actually made for human hands.

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It seems my thumbs are symmetrical, that one.

I like the input I'm going to use most often to be closest to the edge of the controller. So, for most games, that would be the XBox 360 setup. For a few games, that would be the Wii U setup. For very few games, that would be the PS2 setup.

Symmetrical without a doubt. Being I've been using the style since the PS1 days anything else feels unnatural. I even got an 8bitdo controller for my Switch, whenever I find time to get into the major games.

The Nintendo/Xbox layout is best.

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SvennoJ said:
It seems my thumbs are symmetrical, that one.

Because your thumbs are symmetrical, you should want the analog stick to be in the default position.  Otherwise, your symmetrical thumbs will be reaching during most sessions of gameplay.

I'll say again, the "symmetrical vs. asymmetrical" is a nonsensical way of looking at it in the first place.  It is a question that ignores the ergonomics of the controller in favor of aesthetics.  Or, in this case, boiling the question down to a glib answer that is self-contradictory.

The correct question is whether you want a D-Pad dominant or Analog Stick dominant controller scheme.