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The Evolution Of The PlayStation Controller

The most iconic design in the world of game controllers


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The PlayStation controller’s basic design has survived with minor changes since its debut with the very first PlayStation 25 years ago. While companies constantly changed the design of their controllers, Sony decided otherwise. The first PlayStation controller was introduced in 1994 with the PlayStation containing its famous green triangle symbolizing viewpoint and the pink square symbolizing a piece of paper. The circle and X buttons represented ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for decision-making and were colored red and blue for intuition.


In 2000 with the release of PlayStation 2, the brand new DualShock 2 was introduced with pressure-sensitive buttons and a variety of colors. Seven years later, Sony released the DualShock 3 in 2007 that was further enhanced with wireless and motion-sensing technology of the Sixaxis. This model also came with dual vibration motors for a better gaming experience.


Sony then completely redesign the controller with DualShock 4 in 2013 – with new handles, better triggers, and a touchpad. The ever-popular ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ buttons were also removed, and the thumbsticks were improved to reduce its deadzone. Additionally, this new controller has a dedicated ‘Share’ button, which allows gamers to upload videos directly from their gameplay.


Over the years, Sony’s decision of retaining the basic design of its PlayStation controllers has made it one of the most iconic designs in the world of game controllers. Today, most game controllers imitate the handlebar design and the triangle-circle-X-square combination from the PlayStation, which has become a staple in the gaming industry. With the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5 in 2020, the gaming community is anticipating the introduction of yet another new controller design.


The Evolution Of Playstation Controllers