Watch how controllers have changed in 30 seconds

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They are much smaller these days

As a predominantly PC gamer, I am the biggest fan of a good keyboard and mouse setup. Having the odd console here and there though has cultured a softness in me for handheld controllers.  There have been loads over the years, some great, some not so much. Watch how they have changed in this 30 second clip.

The clip was made by Pablo Fernandez, who loves everything pixel it seems. He has some cool content on his site, but his latest video takes a speedy look at the controllers we have seen over the years. Can you name them all? (via Game Informer)

Game Controllers "Pixel Art" from whoispablo on Vimeo.

He has the list of all he covered in the description of the video. Believe it or not, one of my favourite controllers is still the Wiimote and Nunchuck for the Wii. Sure, it looked silly holding two seperate devices connected via a cable, but man it was comfortable. I played with my arms behind my head most of the time!

My latest want is the new Xbox One controller. I’ve played with it a couple of times, and I’m in love. It’s just… beautiful. It feels comfortable, sits nicely in my hand, and it looks great. I definitely plan on getting one for my PC at some stage. What about you? What is your all time favourite controller?

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Last Updated: October 13, 2014

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Mark Treloar

    Its missing the superior controller.

    • Hammersteyn

      The spreadsheet maker?

      • Mark Treloar

        If by that you mean the mouse and keyboard then, yes.

        • Hammersteyn


  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    You’ve developed a softness? Heresy! He’s been corrupted!

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

      He must have switched to Pantine shampoo to get the hair soft

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Maybe he is born with it?

      • Skoobaz

        Tress FX, for sure

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I think that’s JJ’s line.

  • Karl Wortmann (?)

    I liked the Sega Megadrive II controller! Right now I’m looking forward to the Steam controller because it will play well with Linux. But yeah, those Xbox One controllers are tempting!

    • Hammersteyn

      The six button controller was a godsend

  • Captain JJ Underleyened

    It’s before 7, which is when YouTube actually works at my office, and now it’s a vimeo video, which is blocked. I really can’t catch a break.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew


    • Admiral Chief 0

      At least you look FABULOUS underleyened

    • CypherGate

      Thats so sad. Everything is open where i work and reading comments like yours makes me appreciate every bit of time i get to spend on the sites thats usually blocked.

    • hairyknees

      I’m sorry 🙁

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    The XBox1 controller really is surprisingly comfortable…..

    Hold on… I just realised something… the reason the console itself is so ugly and bulky is because they used most of their R&D to design that controller…..

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Well, to be fair, what are you going to handle most, the controller or the console?

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        Very true

  • Spaffy

    Why is there a picture of you @hairyknees:disqus on the T-shirt in the header?
    Who would do that?

    • Hammersteyn


    • hairyknees


  • Hammersteyn

    PS4 controller FTW, it’s ten times better than the PS3 controller.

  • DrKiller

    The Xbox Controller should be last, we all know its faaaar better than the PS4 controller 😉

    • Matthew Holliday

      the 360s was better than the ps3s controller, no doubt.
      not sure about the bone vs ps4 though. the bone is largely unchanged, while theres a big difference to the grip of the ps4.

      • Guest

        The Xbone controller LOOK similar to the 360, but when you have it on your hand…….. 😉 The Xbone controller has changed a lot actually… D-Pad, Vibrators, slightly bigger etc

        • Thats_how_I_Troll

          Yeah, played on one last week… looks similar, but holding it is when you realize the difference…. Found the LB and RB something to get bit used to…. Played some Forza and dammit it was amazing… Then as luck would have it, Eksom bends me over and spoils my joy after only 40 minutes of playing… Buddy came to pick it up the next morning (He did not have internet and required the update) so the 40 minutes of playing was really enjoyable!

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