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Incredible evolution of the Xbox and PS controllers

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There’s no doubting that the controllers from both the PlayStation family and Xbox family have changed over the years, more so the Xbox family however did you ever notice that the spacing and size of the PlayStation buttons hasn’t changed in twenty years?

Check out these incredible gif’s courtesy of Gadgetlove to see how each controller has changed.

First up we have the PlayStation family.


Just look how those buttons keep the same distance between each other over the course of generations.. so weird.

And then we have the Xbox family, man I miss that first controller. I think I was one of the only people on the planet who liked it though.


Also do you remember those extra two buttons the Xbox used to have that just disappeared when the Xbox 360 was released… I used to use those all the time in Dead or Alive.

Last Updated: December 6, 2013


  1. Shift-Tab John (JJ)

    December 6, 2013 at 11:37

    Awesome article. Always interesting to see these things. Just waiting for local release now so I can buy me an Xbone controller for my pc!!!


  2. Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

    December 6, 2013 at 11:39

    It’s quite the evolution for the Xbox controller… the Playstation one stayed pretty much the same, shape, button spacing, etc.

    I dig seeing things like this, it’s really cool


  3. Sageville

    December 6, 2013 at 11:43



  4. house_hero

    December 6, 2013 at 11:43

    wow. I completely forgot about the original xbox controller.


  5. Sir Rants remembers Madiba

    December 6, 2013 at 11:47

    pretty cool


  6. RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

    December 6, 2013 at 11:49

    How do I slow it down! Very interesting how the Xbox controller seems to have evolved/changed a lot more.


  7. DaxterZA

    December 6, 2013 at 11:49

    IMO, the Xbox has always had a better controller than the Playstation, the Dualshock 1, 2 and 3 was an awful design. The new PS4 controller is not bad, but not near the Xbox One controller….


    • Shift-Tab John (JJ)

      December 6, 2013 at 11:51

      Agreed. But to each his own and all.


    • DrKiller

      December 6, 2013 at 11:57

      PS users says exactly the opposite.. I didn’t enjoy the PS4 controller in my hand though


    • Rikus

      December 6, 2013 at 12:11

      Its funny but I don’t have a controller preference


    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      December 6, 2013 at 13:20

      I found both equally comfortable.


  8. DrKiller

    December 6, 2013 at 11:56

    Ok cool, so its not my imagination that all the PS controllers look the same 🙂 (PS4 is a slight exception)


  9. Rikus

    December 6, 2013 at 12:37

    Damn you lazygamer.

    Just….can’t….stop…..staring…… It’s hypnotic


  10. brad coetzee

    December 6, 2013 at 14:18

    the black and white buttons on the old xbox controller are now the RB and LB buttons on the new controllers.


  11. Dong Blak

    December 8, 2013 at 23:08

    The PS controller got implants.


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