There's Still Life In The Ol' DualShock Yet

As all three home consoles now have motion-control peripherals, what does the future hold for the humble gamepad? As far as Microsoft and Nintendo are concerned we have no idea, but at least Sony sees some kind of future for d-pads and buttons.

"I said that pretty much from the beginning that we're not trying to get rid of the gamepad", says Dr Richard Marks, the head of Sony Computer Entertainment America's R&D team. "The gamepad is a really good abstract device. It can map to so many different things. It doesn't map one-to-one to those things, but it doesn't need to for a lot of game experiences."

Asked by Gamasutra whether a controller was still intimidating to users, Marks agrees, saying "those people might like Move better". So, I think having both offered to people kinds of people that want to play is the right choice right now. I think the DualShock, it's just better for some experiences, but the Move is better for other ones. There's just no way to combine them and just say one is the right thing to have."

Meet The Man Behind The Move [Gamasutra]


Comments

    But they DID try to combine them! The triggers and Move button are easy enough to use but the ∆XO◻ are in unfamiliar positions. Move has an unfortunate feel of design by comittee.

    People too intimidated by controllers are going to find a lot of other obstacles to gaming.

    "The pictures! They're, coming, ALIVE!"

      Not to mention, life in general lol

    Hooray, now just make a controller that doesn't have awful triggers.

    Good. I couldn't think of anything worse than gaming without a game pad- to me its the perfect input method for a lazy Sunday's recouperation session.

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