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I've tried the controllers of all consoles released after N64(except for the early Xbox1 controller, but it looks like ****) and I'm pretty sure that the one I like the most is the one used by the Gamecube.

Even the famously critical Yahtzee likes the gamecube controller. (it's at the start of the video, ~20sec in)

The Xbox 360 controller would come in second, being pretty good, but not as comfy (the sharp edges of the analog stick makes my thumb hurt after playing a few hours) and the D-pad suucks. I do like the ABXY button design though.


Here's an interesting image of control layouts for most controllers through history.

For me, something between the Gamecube and Xbox360 controller would be optimal.

I want a controller for my PC, to play games built for controllers. It's a bonus if it's wired and works out of the box.
An Xbox360 controller with a better D-pad would be a good contender.

The Razer Onza seems nice and good value at 260sek(40$).

Since the Razer pad is the same price as the standard Xbox360 controller, is there a reason to even look at the standard one?
Do suggest any other good designs if you know any.
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I like my psx controller more than my 360 controller, but I've had an onza and they are great.
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How does the Onza controller compare to the standard Xbox360 controller? Are there any sharp edges on the Onza? (want it soft and comfortable :s)

I don't think I like the analog sticks on the PS1/2 controllers(PS3 has the same, right?). They're kinda yucky.
The controller isn't very ergonomic either. I.e: it's not as nice to hold.
But it has been a while since i last used one, so I can't completely diss them.

The best analog stick I've tried is easily the one on the Gamecube controller. It's easy to grip, glides easily and precisely and most importantly: doesn't hurt your thumb like the Xbox 360 controller.
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Gamecube is simple and crude ...

The stick sizes and designs are ok, but your thumbs will be in pain after a while.
+ they will starting to randomly bug on startup after a while, letting the system think they go in on direction. It's a common controller problem, but I found it to be rather often with those.
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Darcurse wrote:

Gamecube is simple and crude ...

The stick sizes and designs are ok, but your thumbs will be in pain after a while.
+ they will starting to randomly bug on startup after a while, letting the system think they go in on direction. It's a common controller problem, but I found it to be rather often with those.

I don't think I've ever experienced those bugs with a Gamecube controller. Are you talking about when using them on a PC? (cuz I haven't done that)

All the shapes of the GC controller are round and soft, how can they hurt?...
The brim of the analog stick on Xbox360 is "sharp", so THAT will hurt after playing a while.
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Because Microsoft is a *****, the only gamepad that works out-of-the-box is an Xbox 360 controller. I have a wired one (which they no longer make), and it works perfectly, without having to install any third-party drivers or software to trick my machine into recognizing the controller. The edges on the analog sticks are not sharp at all; the only non-rounded edge on the whole controller is around the D-pad, and it isn't terribly sharp either.

I wouldn't suggest using a Gamecube controller for your PC, for several reasons. First, I'm not even sure where you would get an adapter, so that you could actually plug it in. Second, I'm not sure where you would get a driver for the controller. And third, most games that are controller-enabled are designed to be played with two analog sticks, and the Gamecube controller really only offers one. It is just not feasible to play most PC shooters or real-time RPGs with a Gamecube controller.

I tried using a PS3 controller for gaming, but I couldn't get it to work correctly. I installed the third-party drivers properly, so that my computer could read the inputs from the controller, but I still couldn't use it for games (because Microsoft is a *****). The drivers were also causing games to crash if I attempted to use my current Xbox 360 controller, until I uninstalled them, so even if I had managed to get my computer to recognize the PS3 controller it would've probably been a moot point.

Razer's website says that the Onza will work for PC out-of-the-box. This makes it a better value than buying a new Xbox 360 controller, because the only 360 controllers that Microsoft still makes are wireless, and the wireless controllers also require an adapter (another US$40 or so) to be used on the PC. If you can find a used wired 360 controller, it should be cheaper than the Onza, but they tend to sell out quickly because they are one of the very few gamepads that work with the PC easily.
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Searz wrote:

How does the Onza controller compare to the standard Xbox360 controller? Are there any sharp edges on the Onza? (want it soft and comfortable :s)

I don't think I like the analog sticks on the PS1/2 controllers(PS3 has the same, right?). They're kinda yucky.
The controller isn't very ergonomic either. I.e: it's not as nice to hold.
But it has been a while since i last used one, so I can't completely diss them.

The best analog stick I've tried is easily the one on the Gamecube controller. It's easy to grip, glides easily and precisely and most importantly: doesn't hurt your thumb like the Xbox 360 controller.


Well, it doesn't have the battery pack, and that was my main problem with the standard xbox 360 controller.

My hand is big, and my fingers rested between the battery and the two handles. The wired controller doesn't have this problem, but the onza is the same price, and better quality imo than the wired controller, the shape feels identical.

I use one of these and use a psx controller when i play games though.

I need to buy a better cpu if i want to play games in dolphin though :x
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I used a PS3 controller and it worked fine. I had to install some other program though, which was a bit confusing to set up, but after that I didn't really have any problems with it.
The mini usb cable is a bit short though, so to comfortably use the PS3 controller I would need to get a longer one.
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lifebaka wrote:

The edges on the analog sticks are not sharp at all; the only non-rounded edge on the whole controller is around the D-pad, and it isn't terribly sharp either.

While they may not be "sharp" by normal definition, it's still possible for it to dig into your thumb if you play a lot of hours.
The top of the GC controller has a much better design imo. It's rounded, but also has a "pattern" for good grip.
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I wouldn't suggest using a Gamecube controller for your PC, for several reasons. First, I'm not even sure where you would get an adapter, so that you could actually plug it in. Second, I'm not sure where you would get a driver for the controller. And third, most games that are controller-enabled are designed to be played with two analog sticks, and the Gamecube controller really only offers one. It is just not feasible to play most PC shooters or real-time RPGs with a Gamecube controller.

Who the **** would play a shooter with a controller? ಠ_ಠ

Amazon has adapters.
I think I might be able to get it working with MotionInJoy (I think it's called that). PS3 is supposed to work perfectly with that. Did you try it?

You see that yellow thing? It's an analog stick :P
No modern controller has just one analog stick.
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Razer's website says that the Onza will work for PC out-of-the-box. This makes it a better value than buying a new Xbox 360 controller, because the only 360 controllers that Microsoft still makes are wireless, and the wireless controllers also require an adapter (another US$40 or so) to be used on the PC.

Oh, but there are still Xbox360 controllers with wires in Swedish online stores >:D
They cost as much as the Onza though.
If the Onza is an improvement in design over the standard controller I see no reason to get one though.
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lifebaka wrote:
I wouldn't suggest using a Gamecube controller for your PC, for several reasons. First, I'm not even sure where you would get an adapter, so that you could actually plug it in. Second, I'm not sure where you would get a driver for the controller.


Most of the adapters for the GC are as little as $15 and work fine.
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