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When the original playstation was released the control pads were almost excatly the same in design, although they had less weight and were slightly thinner.
When Sony had a good thing going with the original playstation pads they decided to go one better. So 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 the pad one in each arm. They both have 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!
These two motors were used to give "feeback" to the gamer. Allowing you to "feel" hits or car bumps. Quite a clever idea really.
Obviously along with the new features you get the same usual layout, with the d-pad, triangle, square, circle and x buttons. You get the start and select buttons and the four shoulder buttons.
You also get an analogue button to turn the analogue sticks on or off. I prefer them to the usual d-pad so always have them on!
Now a now pad deserves new colours, to start with black and silver were avialble. But then later on new colours came out, such as - red, green, blue, and some clear see through style ones also. There were so many different ones to find or get it was easy to see who the market leader was in the conosle wars!
You can now enjoy vibrating gaming!
Well done Sony for creating the ultimate controller and making it even better!!
I have owned Playstations and a Playstation 2, so have had a lot of these controllers rolling about the house. Ironically, the one I'm using at the moment is missing its start button but I can't find one to replace it!
A lovely black colour (consistent with the PS2, I think that was what this controller was originally developed for) with matching black buttons and analogue sticks, nice brightly coloured shape symbols on the right hand sided pad, shiny black directional buttons on the d-pad. The analogue sticks were covered in some sort of gripping material - better than the smooth rubber of the Xbox controllers in my opinion. It is also a wired controller, so it's connecting wire was also black and is roughly 1.5 metres long.
Having got this one, and most others, free with the old Playstations (hence its reasons for falling apart - centuries old!) I'm not sure what they retail at now - I recently purchased a see-through blue PS1 controller at 20 pence so they can't be much more expensive than that! The internet tells me that some are retailing at around £15, which seems a fair price for a older controller in new condition. It's a lot cheaper than the PS3 controller at least! These aren't all that hard to find now either even though they are a number of years old and have been replaced for the PS3.
It's easy to set up on your console; open the packaging, plug the right end into the 'Player 1' or 'Player 2' slot in the console, and voila you're sorted! Obviously trailing wires can be a bit of a pain so try not to keep them up too high as if someone pulls on it it could spell the end of the console!
It's the best type of controller as far as I'm concerned. It's not to big and bulky like an Xbox controller because it doesn't have the huge battery pack and bigger button capability, but it's not too small or thin so you're hitting all buttons at the same time. I have average hands for a girl and I find them a really good fit in mine, they may not be as good for a 20 year old bloke's but let's be honest, I doubt they care when they're fighting online! It's a comfortable fit though, and not heavy so it doesn't weigh your hands down whilst you're playing.
My favourite game is Spyro, and I've found that I absolutely love the way the controller doesn't vibrate too hard or violently when I hit a wall; the buttons aren't too close so that I hit them all wrong but not far enough apart to miss them, so combos are really easy to do, probably for most games; it doesn't weigh my hands down and I don't think I've ever had cramp, so I doubt anyone will get cramped quickly if at all; the analogue sticks have better grip than any controller I've played, a rough texture that even the sweatiest of thumbs can grip to.
Its buttons are all spaced out too, so none of this 'one big button with 4 dents in it' for a d-pad, 4 separate buttons for each of the directions. The circle-shaped buttons on the other side are also this way, making it even easier to find your way around and hit correctly. The colours start off very bright, so you can recognize them easily and it brings a bit of colour to the controller, but after time I've noticed mine have faded in colour but have not started peeling or flaking away just yet, which is great.
The analogue stick covering has been chewed off though, and I wouldn't recommend playing the analogue sticks when they're like that as it makes it very difficult and without the covering they are hard to use. They feel awful underneath, so leave the covering on!
A great controller and definitely one to keep around for a PS console as they give a ncie smooth gaming experience with such simplicity, and without weighing your hands down with battery packs etc.
The sony control has been revolutionary in game playing. It has changed the way controls work and the joystick controls have completely altered how games work.
As the control has 15 buttons (including the middle buttons) you find most games have one action assigned to a single button which increases the amount of actions you can perform in a game.
The control is comfortable and easy to handle. Even the shoulder buttons are easy to press and n a comfortable position.
The other revolutionary aspect of this control is the vibration technology. The device in the control vibrates it at appropriate times in the game to give a sense of realism to the game play. This makes game play even more exciting and changes how you play certain games. For example in a first person shoot them up you will react differently because not only will the screen say you have been shot but the control will vibrate.
A great control and so easy to use.
As a fan of many different computer games from a child I have used many many joysticks and joypads to play games on several different consoles and in those 15 or so years I havent come across a pad better than the Sony Dual Shock that comes with the Playstation and Playstation 2 in fact it's not really even close.
Compatible Game Consoles Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PS one, Sony PlayStation
Connectivity Technology Wired
Buttons Qty 12
Pointing Device / Manipulator Two sticks
Features 4-way menu button, joystick emulation, vibration
Dual Shock Technology
Dual Shock type technology had been used before but not to the success that Sony found when they released this pad in late 1997. So what really is Dual Shock you ask? well Dual Shock is a technology that brings games to life within your joypad. When you are playing a racing game and crash it vibrates, this makes it feel like you are actually racing and gives a much more realistic racing experience than even some steering wheels for controllers.
It is also great with sports games as it brings you into the action, when you are on the receiving end of a nasty tackle from the opposing centre back you will feel that pad shake with verocity as if you had tackled to the floor. One of the best things i have noticed about Dual Shock controllers is that it really feels like you are playing a proper game. In NBA live for instance the pad shakes when the clock is close to running out, this puts you in a clutch situation which tests the nerve of the players.
There's more to this pad than just dual shock and it is one of the easiest pads to use as it is ergenomically shaped to give a better feel in your hands whilst you are using the pad. It has the official Sony playstation buttons of Triangle, Circle, Square and and X. There's also a select button that often acts as a management button is sports games and as a ammo change in shoot em ups.
The buttons on top are Left 1&2 and Right 1&2 otherwise known as l and r buttons. These will often be trick buttons for special dunks in Basketball games and tricks on skating and skiing games. These also act as screen view changes on driving games.
These are quite expensive for what is basically a joypad. You can buy these new for £19.99 in game stores around the country put you will be able to pick them up cheaper on sites like ebay as people sell old stock to upgrade to the new Sony Playstation 3 system.
Which doesnt have this feature on their pads.
You will be able to get them much much cheaper on ebay as a little searching on the site led me to two for £10 which isnt bad and a second hand one which was on auction for around a couple of pounds. I would buy a new pad just to make sure as people tend to get a lot of use out of these pads.
I mentioned that Sony didnt put this feature in their pads for the Playstation 3. This many say is because of Sony's lawsuit from controller firm Immersion for patent infringment. In 2002 they lost a court battle with Immersion and any consoles with dual shock controllers had to be suspended from going to the shops.
Whilst Sony seems to be guilty in this case they are regarded as the pioneers of dual shock technology amongst fans and critics alike and they are certainly the masters of it in my opinion as nothing else that does dual shock comes close in my opinion.
This is a wondeful controller and is without a doubt the most versatile controller around and will continue to have a great reputation with critics and public alike for many years to come as Sony Playstation 2's are still selling as people wait for games prices to come down on the new consoles before they will buy the console. Don't be fooled into thinking it isnt up to scratch by the lawsuit.