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This is the review for the dual
Shock play station controller. As you know if you play a play station regularly, all of the products for play stations and play station portables are made by Sony who have a reputation for outstanding cleverly designed products and the dual shock play station 2 controller does not let down. It has a great feel inside of your hands during and non during game play. It features this vibrate so when you hit the goal post with the ball in a football game it will vibrate your controller vigorously and this isn't just during a football game, it works for all other play station 2 games. It has 12 buttons for use during game play. It features a start button for when the game says press start to play. To sticks to move your character around in game play. The only bad feature is that it's not wireless and that is all.
Basically this is the big daddy of controllers. The design of this particular item has not changed much since 1995 when the first playstation came out....happy days. Apart from the introduction of the dual shock capability and the rechargeble elements, the design of this controller has never changed.
The key is that it is an ergonomical masterpiece. Back in the day when your Nintendos and Sega`s where around the contrllers were light, they introduced more buttons, brightly coloured and extra buttons on the top of the controller. But for all their design benefits, they had a big draw back. Whoever had designed them must have had hands either too big or too small, because after a couple of hours playing games with these, your fingers felt as if they were about to walk away from you in protest...seriously im
talking blisters on your thumbs.
Now im not saying you dont get that with this controller, your bound too, play one of the older Playstation 2 olympic games with the rapid fire sprinting, power bar and you will feel pain, no, im saying that on average you can play a game for hours and it will not have a massive effect on you.
The original controllers were wired and had no dual shock 'rumble' packs on them, they were extremely light and easily throwable if thats your thing. Around 1998, some bright spark had the great idea (probably from vibration packs in mobile phones) to add a vibration rumble pack to the controller and two dual sticks that can be used for movement. This mean`t that now games such as first person shoot em ups could be much more easily controlled. The left 'mushrrom' stick is normally used for pointing your head and the right one for actually moving the position of the character. This kind of functionality simply could not be caried out before.
Now with the rumble packs, you felt it , every time you gt shot, got punched, smashed your car into a wall or crashed your aircraft...it made the games more real for the people playing them and caused them be more careful and take the games more seriously..in short it helped them to connect with gaming physically, which is a rare thing in gaming.
Most gaming enviroments rely, rightly so, on atmosphere, plot, gameplay and characterisation to draw the player in on a psyhcological level. Rarely would gameplay transend that plain to the physical and it did, albeit in a small way with this controller.
If there is a drawback to these controllers it was that as the dual shock added weight, so did the introduction of battery packs...moving away form the wired controller, which could be problematic, often kids would roll the wire around the controller, its looks smarter and tidy. However, do this too many times and the wire starts to pull at the base of the controller and eventualy one or two of the inner wires will become unstuck and you will find that only some if any of your buttons work.
The other draw back is that although fairly robust, after a number of years you would see that internal 'pieces' started to rattle around inside the casing...I had no idea what they were but suddenly my top buttons started to catch on the casing and wouldnt flip right back up when pressed. This can be very annoying for a gamer. That button could mean you expend all your ammo, or use all or some of your nitrous oxide in a drag race at the wrong moment...in short, it spelt trouble.
You can pick these controllers up from amazon these days for around £10-£15 and they will work for your modern PS3. That is a hell of allot cheaper then the xbox 360 controllers !
The PS2 console has been a favourite in our house for the last 5 years, and despite the fact that we own several other consoles, there barely passes a day when the PS2 isn't on, especially on these lovely wet summer days! During these few years, we have got through quite a few controllers (and consoles!), and I have replaced worn units with both official and non official products.
The Dual Shock 2 controller is the official Playstation controller for PS2. It comes in a variey of colours, including the funky transparent variety as seen above, although the ones we own are the silver and the black versions. The right hand side of the controller has the "action" buttons, square, triangle, circle and cross, which have a variety of uses, depending on which game you are playing. On the left hand side there are manual directional buttons. Beneath these controls there are two analogue sticks, which have a slightly rubbery feel, and offer you a different way to control your character on screen. In addition to these controls, there are four buttons on the top of the controller, L 1 and 2 and R 1 and 2, which provide a variety of functions, usualy firing weapons, or increasing speed in games. In the centre of the controller there are Select, Start and Analog buttons. The controller has two solenoids, which rumble independently, creating a more realistic gaming experience.
The controller has a generous length of cable connecting it to the console, about 8ft in all, which means you can comfortably sit on your sofa and play games on the PS2, without having to rearrange the room. The buttons have a nice smooth feel, and the controller feels comfortable to handle. I can play games for a few hours without feeling strain in my hands and wrists, and the controllers are light and suitable for young fingers too. My kids have been using these since they were 3! Another advantage of these controllers is that they can register the amount of pressure as well as the duration, giving better feedback during a game, and a more realistic experience.
I must admit that I have noticed a big difference in quality between the official Dual Shock controllers and the cheaper versions, mainly in how long the actual product lasts. In our house, these controllers get a real pounding, especially on football and racing games, and usually the first signs of wear start at the section where the controller and the wire meet, as this section can become frayed and the wires exposed. I must say, this has not been a problem with the official Dualshock version. Also, In cheaper controllers, the buttons tend to cave in and the analogue sticks can break off, again, not a problem I have had with the Dualshock 2.
These controllers used to cost about £20, which is a bit pricey when you want more than one, but costs are slowly coming down. It is well worth investing in these as opposed to the imitations, as one of these will last about 3 years, whereas cheaper ones won't last a year, so based on the cost over the lifetime of the controller, these are better value. As a family, we tend to play a lot of games together using the multi tap, and the Dual shock controllers work just fine when plugged into this product too.
Sometimes you can cut costs and save money, but this is a well made quality product which is a joy to use, simple to pick up and really is a lot better than it's competitors. The original and best.
The Playstation 2 Controller, one of the best controllers ever made. This controller has stood the test of time, as the main shape of the controller hasn't changed since the first dualshock controller released in the late 90's for the Ps1. And why would you? This controller doesn't need to be dramatic changed. To start woth, the shape of the controller firs into your hands perfectly and all the buttons are layed out in the perfect way. The Anolouge sticks are next to eachother, unlike the Xbox and Gamecube controllers of the time, which is still a standout today. The sticks themselfs are comfortable, grippy and have exellent resistance, perfect for all game types. The D-pad is also exellent, you can rock your thumb around it the D-Pad for hours on end, and your thumb will never slip out, or get tired because the edges are smooth and rounded off. The Dualshock 2 controller was released lots of different colours and some colours were translucent. Which makes it look even cooler. Another good feature of this controller is that they will never break, unless throw them multiple times, as hard as you can, at a wall. And even they, you will still cause a fair amount of damage to the wall.
Sony's dual shock controllers were a thing of genius on the Playstation 2 bringing loads of games to life with rumbles and vibrtions from bullets to being hit, to feeling your character land from a jump.
When the playstation was released the control pads were almost excatly the same in design, although they had less weigh and were slightly thinner. But then Sony in all there wisdom reliased you could actually cram a lot more in that pad shell. So in went two motors and two analogue sticks to create the best control pad of all time.
The name dual shock came about because, believe it or not, there are two motors in each arm. They both hve different weights attached to them. One does the smaller rumbles the other the larger, or they can both work to ive you a mini earthquake in your hands!
Obviously along with the new features you get the same old layout, withthe d-pad and triangle, square, circle and x buttons. You get the start and select buttons and the four shoulder buttons.
Now a now pad deserves new colours, i had a red and green/jad pad. But you could also get blue too. They were kind of see through too which was nice for a change.
You can now enjoy vibrating gaming!
Well done Sony for creating the ultimate controller and making it even better!!
Of all of the numerous console controllers I have used throughout the years, Sony's have always been my favourite - the PS1 began with the SNES-like controller before becoming the wonderful Dual Shock, and the PS3 has advanced this concept quite wonderfully to the wireless Dual Shock model you can get now. The PS2's Dual Shock is only a few steps down, though, and for its generation remains my favourite controller by far.
What I like most is how comfortable it feels in your hands, as is more than can be said for the original Xbox controller, which was too big. Even with the re-issued Xbox controller, though, it is still a bit cumbersome, whereas this one is clearly designed with ergonomics being of the utmost importance. It also lacks the confusing layout of the GameCube controller and looks more sleek and less like something you'd buy from Toys R Us.
The controller has two elongated ends (as the product picture shows), and these parts rest in your hands, allowing your fingers to hold the controller with great ease. This leaves your fingers naturally positioned on the two analogue sticks, which can be used to control 99% of PS2 games. However, nearby on the left is also a directional pad that more traditional players can use. Also, in a few games the D-pad served a separate purpose from the analogue sticks. On the right, you have the four activity buttons - square, x, circle and triangle, with X predominantly being the fire button and the others serving ancillary functions. In the center of the controller is a select button, as well as a Start function to pause gameplay, and a button to toggle Dual Shock (which will be illuminated red when it is on). There are also two triggers on each side of the controller, called L1 and L2 (the left) and R1 and R2 (the right), which are used typically for braking in racing games in conjunction with the analogue sticks, but serve menu purposes in games like Metal Gear Solid.
This is a very snug controller that is cleverly designed, and although you always hear of people getting "PlayStation Thumb" from too much play, I've played for hours at a time and never had this problem.
This is the very first controller that I felt comfortable using and the controller I have used for the longest amount of time when playing games.
I feel really comfortable using this controller and I think the layout of the buttons is great. This controller brought along a lot of buttons like L2 and even R3 which I did not know about for roughly a year!
This was also the first controller where I could remember where all the
buttons were without having to look down every 30 seconds or so!
This controller also have a vibrating function which is good as it makes the game seem more realistic and you appear to be more involved. This feature is probably a little over used in most games though and does get a little tiresome after a while.
This controller never even broke after years of use and I do think that this a great controller. Even the PS3 uses practically the same controller with a little change to the trigger buttons which proves how good it is.
The one downside I can think of is that it is not like the latest controllers which are wireless which is slightly annoying after using the latest controllers. The wires often get tangled up and you sometimes fall over them which is annoying!
The controller is also available in other colours apart from black like silver and pink.
Overall this is a fantastic controller and I can`t really fault it!
This is currently £20 at Amazon which does seem expensive but I am sure you can pick them up much cheaper from places like Ebay.
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The Sony Dualshock 2 controller is the standard control pad that is packed in with the Playstation 2 console.
The pad is fairly plain to look at, compared with the standard Playstation pad the only noticeable change is its new black colour. On closer inspection you will find the L2 and R2 buttons have gotten bigger (but have not yet evolved into the triggers that are found on the Sony Sixaxis or Dualshock 3).
It is comfortable to hold and easy to use in all different kinds of games this controller will do a great job. A couple of new features include the now pressure sensitive buttons, every button except from the start and select are pressure sensitive, with games that take advantage of this it is really good like pressing harder to do a more powerful attack or have your car accelerate more. The analog sticks will now respond to how much you tilt them too.
The controller also includes rumble which will make your hands vibrate in accordance to whats going on in the game you are playing. Nothing amazing but it's worth mentioning as they took the feature from the newer Sony Sixaxis controller.
As I have used my Playstation 2 controller for a fair few years I have noticed that this pressure sensitivity has really gotten worse, specifically on the X button. I have to press extremely hard now for it to register a hard push which I don't remember having to do when the controller was new.
This is by far the best controller available for the Playstation 2, it may need replacing every few years however due to the pressure sensitivity becoming alot less accurate. The price of these has come right down over the past few years and you should be able to find a new one for around £10.
The sony playstation 2 controller is one of my favourite controllers i have ever used. The design of the controller makes it very comfortable to use and allows playing your favourite games very enjoyable. The buttons on the playstation 2 controller represent shapes including a triangle, square, cross and circle, these all have there own colours for each one, for example the triangle is green. There is also 4 buttons at the top of the controller, these are R1, R2, L1 and L2, these buttons are very easy to reach and the way the controller is designed they are accesible to any player. Then theres the start and select buttons which are most commonly used for pausing the game and starting a game. There directional buttons on the pad come in the form of directional buttons which are on the opposite side of the controller to the shape buttons, and there are also two analogue sticks which make some games easier to control. The controller also has a vibration which can occur in some action games, this is very cool when your playing a war game.
The control is very durable and has last for ever for me with no problems at all, the controllers are priced at about £19.99 but i think they may be a bit cheaper now.
Overall the controller is very comfortable and very user friendly.
The official controller for ps2 ie dualshock 2, comes with every console purchase and is needed to play games on the console.
Whats it like? Well, to be honest there isn't really much difference between this and the playstation 1 controller. The colour is black with little bits of what looks like glitter on it if you look close and fits well into the hand. There hasn't really been and differences in design and the controller has rumble/vibration so games can be more engaging. The controller has a wire attached which is required to be plugged into the console so be careful of not tripping over but apart from that it's an easy to use controller.
So what's on the controller? There's what's called a D pad on the left hand side of the controller also called the directional pad in which is used for navigation and steering etc. There are 2 analogue buttons which are more commonly used for steering in games and can be clicked in. On the right is a button pad with 4 buttons which are used to navigate and have certain functions in games. On the top are 4 further buttons for further functions in games called the L1 L2 and R1 R2 buttons. L for left, R for right. There's a start button commonly used for pausing and select button which doesn't have much uses.
The controller is reliable, I had mine for 7 years before it finally broke. Normally one of the buttons stop working or get stuck. The controllers can be picked up 2day for about 20 pounds or less.
Don't go for the cheap imitation ps controllers... this controller is excellent.
My kids love how this controller shakes and moves whenever they hit something on their car games or wipe out (a favourite being SSX Tricky) on the ski games.
We have had two of these controllers for well over ten month's now and they have stood up to a real testing from my children on a daily basis and are still working, which I think is pretty good going in my opinion for a game console controller used daily.
We have noticed that the thumb pads are starting to wear down now and we occasionally get one of the front buttons sticking, but we put this down to the daily use and genuine wear and tear of the product. We would happily buy more of these controllers as we have found they have a good life span.
A trustworthy name branded, durable and fun controller!
The dual shock controller is a very good invention. Who wouldn't want to feel a vibration when they are shooting someone? Or being shot? Or kicking a ball? The controller provides much more interaction with the game by features such as vibration. The anologue controls are what gaming is all about, i would suggest all controllers to have anologue controls now as they provide more free movement in games. Especially games such as Prince of Persia or most football games! The only set back would have to be the wire. But then again, that isn't really much of a problem unless the wire breaks.. It may not have the functions of a PS3 controller without the wire but it does mean that the controller will always be charged. Overall i believe the playstation controller is the perfect design and shape to meet every gamers needs in order to have the best gaming sensation.
The Playstation (PS) 2 controller, or Dual Shock 2, for me was the best controller of any console before it, although it has now been succeeded by the PS3 and X-BOX 360 controllers. I received my PS2 controller with the main console on its UK day of release; I had heard mixed reports about the controller, personally though I was just expecting something very similar to the dual shock pad it was replacing. Strangely enough I was right, it is essentially an upgrade of the Playstation Dual Shock controller, the only real notable difference being the colour of the pad which was black as opposed to grey, although the more scientific person would realise the Digital shoulder, face and D-Pad buttons were replaced with Analogue ones, apparently to give a quicker response.
The Controller -
The controller layout was however fundamentally the same, on the left was the D-Pad to allow the user to move left, right, up down and the diagonals. On the right were the famous four circular plastic Playstation buttons, X, O, Δ and ⁯, the X for most games being used as the 'OK' button, the O being the 'Cancel' button and the Δ being the 'Go Back' button (This did obviously change depending on the game being played). They were arranged in a diamond shape with the X at the bottom, O on the right, Δ at the top and ⁯ on the left. In the centre of the pad are the 'Select' and 'Start' buttons, each of which were more of a rubbery substance to provide better grip. The select button was a small rectangle and the Start button was shaped like a 'Play' button you would find on most DVD players (a triangle turned on its side). The Start button was essentially used as a pause button for most games or to cancel game intro sequences, the select button was probably the least used of the buttons and was mainly for changing 'Options'.
Underneath these two was the Analogue button, if this was pressed a small red LED would light up and the player could now control the game with the use of the Analogue sticks instead of the D-Pad, they were in fact very responsive and could provide you a new depth of game play. On the top if the pad were the shoulder buttons, namely R1, R2, L1 and L2, they were used particularly in shooting games to fire your weapon or to strafe, also in fighting games to create combo moves, I always considered them the 'Special attack' buttons.
The controller was connected to the PS2 via a cable with a connector at the end; it also entered the controller at the top, the cable was black and around 2m long.
My opinions -
As I mentioned before, my experience with the controller was generally very good. The four buttons (X,O etc) were very easy to press and were space far enough apart so I didn't press two at the same time, although saying that they were close enough to allow me to press two or three if I needed to as was required in some games. The buttons were clearly labelled with each symbol being a different colour, for example the X was blue, although after a few days of playing the user would not really have to look down to see which button they were pressing, they just knew.
The D-Pad was also very good with a high response rate, although I did find at times it would leave my thumb a bit sore if a game such as Tekken involved me to use it in a rotational manor to perform a particular move. The Start and Select buttons didn't have a high usage rate so it mad sense for them to be away from the main holding area, I didn't have any problems pressing them and like all the buttons never stopped working.
The Analogue button was for me however a little bit of a problem, it was slightly set into the controller which often made it hard to press on the first attempt, you really had to get a good bit of focused force for it to work. Once you did get it working however the Analogue sticks were a joy to use, they moved around with ease and allowed you to really get involved with the game, in first person shooters like Timesplitter's you could move forward, left, right etc with the left stick and look around with the right one, brilliant. The sticks also had rubbery dimpled tops which stopped my fingers slipping off.
The wire was the other problem for me, when I wasn't playing my Playstation I wanted it to look neat and tidy; this meant unplugging my controller, unfortunately because the cable was quite long the only way to make it tidy was to wrap it around the controller. I did find however that this screwed up the wire and on one occasion pulled the plastic cover out of the controller leaving only the active wires showing, not entirely safe. This aside the wire was actually quite thin and long enough for me to sit back on my bed and play, the PS3 controllers are now wireless which is even better, although they do not have a vibrate function.
I found the vibrate function very good, it would give you a physical warning if you had been shot in the back for example which you may not have noticed otherwise. The vibration was created by two metals pendulums swinging around inside the two handles, it did however make the whole controller not vibrate and not just where the pendulums were.
The controller was comfortable and would fit nicely in my hand, it was also quite light and I had no problem reaching any of the buttons. Although many companies released their own version of the controller, some with 'Turbo' buttons which didn't really work, I still found the original controller the best. The controller has a far better build quality than these copies and will not fall apart if you drop it, in fact my controllers went through a fair bit of punishment and lived to control another day. It can be purchased now fairly cheap, around £15 from most electronic stores online and on the high street.
Overall a great controller that is still a viable choice today for gamers, my original controller only just stopped working after around 8 years, although I am responsible. I would advise anyone to purchase the original over any copy because the quality simple won't be as good.
Price - 8/10
Use-ability - 10/10
Functionality - 9/10
I have had this controller for quite a while but not as long as my PS2. Why, I hear you cry? My controller broke months after I bought my PS2 and I bought a new one. It broke when the analogue stick literally just wore away. It was left showing the bare plastic, and then dust must have got in. There were holes either side or it was totally messed up. I imagine dirt got in, which broke it. I don't like the controller anyway as it is boring, has a bad look and is horrible to hold. Playstation have been running almost the same controller the whole time since the original Playstation was released. The look has barely changed over all these years, and I wish it would, because boy oh boy does this controller suck!
It looks like any other controller until you get close up and see the sharp bends and ugliness of the controller. It looks as if it has two handles rather than being smooth. These handles seem to jot out from the controller. On the left side is the directional pad. The right side has the buttons: Cross, Square, Triangle, and Circle. They are colour coded and are the same as the PSone controller. In the middle 'bridge' of the controller is the analogue button. Press this to activate the analogue sticks. The start and select buttons are also on this 'bridge' with a Playstation logo, which I think makes it ugly. It seems too crammed in here, and I would prefer it if just the Sony logo at the top was present. The top of the controller at each end has the R1, R2 and L1, L2 buttons. The basic colour of the controller is black unless you get it with the silver version PS2, where it will be silver.
One thing that the controller does lack is a trigger. Therefore, you have no control over movement or anything in games because a button cannot be pushed to a certain extent like a trigger. You cannot control the speed of movement as well as the throttle of vehicles and more in different games. Well actually this controller was modified for this second version. It does now recognise how much pressure is applied on the buttons, but it doesn't do it very well and is hard to control pressure with a button. It would be much better if there were triggers.
Holding the controller is generally not as nice as it could be. It feels ever so slightly bulky in your hand, and considering it is a controller for a popular console, I think it could be improved. If you compare it to the Xbox or Xbox 360 controller, it is nowhere near as smooth or comfortable to hold. One thing that is rather comfortable [until they break] is the analogue sticks. They have a soft rubber coating, which comforts the thumb when playing games.
This controller comes at a price of £12.98 from amazon.co.uk. I don't think this is a bad price for what it is, but the console is getting old now. You may well have to buy another controller because the analogue stick seems to simply wear away - probably because it is so soft. It isn't the greatest controller ever, but you will have to make do as it is the best one for the PS2!
Thanks for reading,
- Recon -
The DualShock was invented half way through the reign of the PlayStation console and was a revolution in controllers featuring new twin analog controls allowing for precise movement and a built in rumble. All present day controllers have taken something from the DualShocks brilliant formula but only one of them does it with style the new DualShock 2.
This is easily the most stylish controller on the market with its minimalistic looks fits right in compared with its rivals the Xbox pad which is a plastic brick with a huge Microsoft logo badge, and the GameCubes purple controller although extremely comfortable just looks out of place anywhere just because its so damn colourful !
The DualShock 2 is instantly familiar to anyone who has touched a PlayStation console. On the right it has 4 main face buttons, X, O, Square and Triangle in the middle Start, Select and Analog and to the right a four button, 8 way D ( directional ) Pad. We also have the twin analog sticks adjacent to the D pad and Face buttons, the also click down to form the L3 and R3 buttons. On the shoulders of the controller we have 4 triggers, L1 and L2 which are on the left and R1 and R2 on the right.
There is only one small change in the pads layout that being the L2 and R2 trigger buttons are larger than on the original. The best new feature of the DualShock 2 is that is pressure sensitive allowing for very precise movement, making it much more simple when making characters walk, or sneak. Imagine Gran Turismo with no pressure sensitivity your car would just slip and spin !
When you hold the DualShock 2 it really fits nicely in your hands. Your palms and little to middle finger wrap around the two bottom grips, your two index fingers command the triggers and your thumbs acess the face buttons, D Pad and analog sticks. It is extremely comfortable to hold ( even during a 5 hour button bashing ) and all buttons are very easily accessible.
This controllers lifespan is very good, I use my controller extensively and am happy to report that in 4 years of gaming it hasn't broken :D However the analog sticks do feel looser and when using the buttons it is harder to excecute precise commands but after years of faithful service I can't really complain.
I have noticed that there are 3 variations in colour. You can get a shiny black sold with the original PlayStation 2 which is black but if you look closely you can easily spot small points of silver. There is Charcoal Black which is distributed with the new PStwo which is a slightly darker black and doesnt have a glittery effect, the wire on this controller is also darker. Silver is the next colour variation, a sliver controller is now being distributed along with the new silver PStwo. Although there are variations in colour each controllers funtions are identical.
The price on these controllers vary from £14.99 - £19.99, you can also get a PS2 triple accessory pack which features a charcoal black DualShock 2, DVD remote and memory card for £29.99.
There is no shortage of third party controllers, 4Gamers, Logic3, Madcatz but none of them come close to this masterwork which totally outclasses them all. Please dont allow yourself to be seduced by the price tag. Do the right thing get a Sony :D