As video games continue to evolve, so does the way we play them.
New controllers emerge constantly thanks to state-of-the-art technology that continues to develop, too.
- 1970- 1980 - Atari 2600
- 1980 - 1985 - NES
- 1985 - 1990 - Sega Genesis
- 1990 - SNES
- 1995 - PlayStation
- 1996 - N64
- 1997 - DualShock
- 1998 - DreamCast
- 2001 - Xbox, GameCube
- 2005 - 2006 - Wii Remote
Top 10 controllers
- NES. After the video game crash in the early 1980's, the NES controller set the standard for all the others.
- Xbox 360. There really have been few controllers that have felt as comfortable as Xbox 360
- DualShock. The Dualshock was probably the first real modern controller. It offered some kind of feedback in the form of vibration, and it was really comfortable to hold.
- DreamCast. Comfortable and form-fitting to one's hands, it was without a doubt well made.
- N64. Depending on what game you played, it was like seeing a new controller each time you loaded a new cartridge into the system.
- Xbox. ’The Duke" was large and well made, and consequently had a large following of fans.
- GameCube. It was a comfortable controller that one could nestle in their hands for hours and never have a qualm about it.
- Sega Genesis. It feels great to hold the controller, but they definitely take a beating.
- SNES. For all the games Nintendo released on the console, the SNES controller let gamers handle them all quite well.
- Wii Remote. It isn't the prettiest thing Nintendo ever delivered into the hands of waiting gamers, but it still can get the job done.
Consoles sold worldwide
- Sony PlayStation 2 - 136,43
- Sony PlayStation - 102,49
- Nintendo Wii - 73,25
- Nintendo Entertainment System - 61,91
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System - 49,10
- Microsoft Xbox 360 - 42,17
- Sony PlayStation 3 - 37,02
Other popular controllers
- Joystick. The joystick has been the principal flight control in the cockpit of many aircraft, particularly military fast jets, where center stick or side-stick location may be employed.
- Steering Wheel. A racing wheel is the preferred method of control for use in driving simulators.
- Light Gun. A light gun is a pointing device for computers and a control device for arcade and video games.
- Dance Pad. Also known as a dance mat, dance platform, or jitter deck is a flat electronic game controller used for input in dance games.
- Trackball. A pointing device consisting of a ball held by a socket containing sensors to detect a rotation of the ball about two axes—like an upside-down mouse with an exposed protruding ball.
SOURCES: vgchartz.com I kombo.com I planetxbox360.com