Dualshock 3 Vs. Xbox 360 Controller

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#1 Posted by darthzew (1213 posts) -

Debate of the day.

Let's compare:

Xbox 360 Controller

PRO:

- Comfortable design with easy to reach buttons

- Excellent placement of thumbsticks that are very comfortable

- Looks nice and comes in a variety of colors

- Triggers best for shooters, racers, and flight sims (AC6)

- Controller is sturdier

CON:

- Awful D-pad

- Harder to reach Start and Back buttons

- Shoulder buttons not as convenient

- "Xbox 360 Controller" isn't fun to say

- Requires regular battery purchase or that you buy a play and charge kit

Dualshock 3:

PRO:

- Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use

- Controller is standardized and there aren't many games that it isn't good for

- Better D-pad

- Has basic motion sensing, leaving room for lots of fun things to come

- Built in recheargeable battery

CON:

- Only comes in black and white, and looks just like previous Dualshock designs, giving it a last-gen feel

- Your fingers tend to float off the thumbsticks

- "Triggers" aren't quite as nice

- Larger hands (such as mine) have trouble with their small fingers staying on the controller

- "Home" button isn't as easy to reach as the Xbox Guide button

- Motion sensing gets in the way in some games, not all like it there

That's all I cold think of for now, I put more cons on the Dualshock 3 but some cons have less value than others. I tried my best to be as neutral as possible. As for my own opinion, I'm lenient on the 360 controller. Give me your opinion and share more pros and cons!

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I'll be editing this as we go, in case I missed any

#2 Posted by Pietrooper (1549 posts) -

Another one for the X360 controller, just me but the two shoulder buttons (not triggers) on the 360 are piss poor :/

Also, the DualShock 3 comes in white as well.

#3 Posted by Sgt_Crow (4408 posts) -
DS is so freakin' outdated...
360 controller is nearly perfect to be honest.
#4 Posted by shoeman12 (8744 posts) -
xbox 360 controller. i've played with the ps3 controller at the store and at my friends house and the 360 controller is just much more comfortable.
#5 Posted by bluntmastaslaya (1219 posts) -
the thumbsticks are just too awkward on the DualShock, and to me, that is the most important part of the controller. i dont mind the bumpers on the 360 controller. so i would have to say that 360 is the best controller
#6 Posted by Lo_Rising (930 posts) -
I like the DS3 mainly because its the most familiar to me. We could all debate this until the rapture, its a preference thing.
#7 Posted by Spartan8907 (3731 posts) -
If it aint broke dont fix it. What did sony have to fix with the looks? Worst con ever. And the home button? Really? You use it once or twice during actual play at the moment. Its the button you press when you're done playing. it doesnt need to be in the perfect spot. And its not even that hard to reach. Besides that, pretty good list of pros and cons on both sides.
#8 Posted by terdoo (5306 posts) -

The 360 controller is near perfect.Its nice to hold and is tuff.It has fallen many times and still works like it did when I bought it.

#9 Posted by Sgt_Grig (362 posts) -

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

#10 Posted by darthzew (1213 posts) -

I like the DS3 mainly because its the most familiar to me. We could all debate this until the rapture, its a preference thing.Lo_Rising

Of course it is! But it's still fun to debate as long as things don't get out of hand. I enjoy debating the things I love, it makes me appreciate them more having to defend them. Video games is one of them.

#11 Posted by achilles614 (4858 posts) -
360 controller hands down, only a fanboy would say otherwise.
#12 Posted by bluntmastaslaya (1219 posts) -
ALSO, i dont see how "Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use" is a pro for DS but not the 360 controller. i dont see how the DS is more of a pick up and play design than the 360 controller
#13 Posted by SHuN_G0Ku (480 posts) -

Dualshock 3:

CON:

- "Home" button isn't as easy to reach as the Xbox Guide button

darthzew

man.. i thought Bigfoot was just a myth...

jk

#14 Posted by Pietrooper (1549 posts) -

360 controller hands down, only a fanboy would say otherwise.achilles614

Sir! I disagree.

Good god, I'm a fanboy now.

Wii-mote still > All though.

#15 Posted by darthzew (1213 posts) -

ALSO, i dont see how "Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use" is a pro for DS but not the 360 controller. i dont see how the DS is more of a pick up and play design than the 360 controllerbluntmastaslaya

It's a bit more practical for some games, especially simpler ones. And if you aren't "thumbstick trained", then the DS3 is a better choice.

#16 Posted by SHuN_G0Ku (480 posts) -

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

Sgt_Grig

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

#17 Posted by ThaGreatness007 (535 posts) -
I gotta say DS3 controller the design is simple no getting used to, sixaxis is a bonus for certain games and I have no problem with the thumbsticks. The only thing I want different is a non-slip film at the bottom like the 360's and shiny coat. 360 controller to me looks fugly, design is sturdy you can drop it and not worry but d-pad is in the wrong location but when you have no were else to put it then you gotta live with it.
#18 Posted by Lo_Rising (930 posts) -
[QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"]

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

SHuN_G0Ku

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

owned!!!!!!!!!!

#19 Posted by Sgt_Crow (4408 posts) -

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

Sgt_Grig

My 7 year old nephew who cannot handle the Wiimote properly would say the same.

#20 Posted by Neontope (2465 posts) -

The 360 controller is more sturdier.

Fire both controllers out of two cannons facing each other, the 360 controller would be the victor.

#21 Posted by Sgt_Grig (362 posts) -
[QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"]

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

SHuN_G0Ku

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

ummm.....did you read my sig??

#22 Posted by mingo123 (9005 posts) -

360 controller> dualshock, the only good thing about dualshock 3 is it has built in rechargeable battery

#23 Posted by Sgt_Grig (362 posts) -
[QUOTE="SHuN_G0Ku"][QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"]

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

Lo_Rising

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

owned!!!!!!!!!!

hands you a pair of goggles

#24 Posted by DXGreat1_HGL (7543 posts) -
[QUOTE="Lo_Rising"][QUOTE="SHuN_G0Ku"][QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"]

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

Sgt_Grig

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

owned!!!!!!!!!!

hands you a pair of goggles

OWNAGE APPROVED. You owned 2 people at the same time, double play...

#25 Posted by bluntmastaslaya (1219 posts) -

[QUOTE="bluntmastaslaya"]ALSO, i dont see how "Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use" is a pro for DS but not the 360 controller. i dont see how the DS is more of a pick up and play design than the 360 controllerdarthzew

It's a bit more practical for some games, especially simpler ones. And if you aren't "thumbstick trained", then the DS3 is a better choice.

how? what about the DS makes it more practical? both have two thumbsticks, 4 action buttons, 2 triggers, 2 bumper buttons, D pad, ect... and what do you mean by "thumbstick trained"?

#26 Posted by darthzew (1213 posts) -
[QUOTE="darthzew"]

[QUOTE="bluntmastaslaya"]ALSO, i dont see how "Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use" is a pro for DS but not the 360 controller. i dont see how the DS is more of a pick up and play design than the 360 controllerbluntmastaslaya

It's a bit more practical for some games, especially simpler ones. And if you aren't "thumbstick trained", then the DS3 is a better choice.

how? what about the DS makes it more practical? both have two thumbsticks, 4 action buttons, 2 triggers, 2 bumper buttons, D pad, ect... and what do you mean by "thumbstick trained"?

When thumbsticks first came out, very few knew how to really use them. Not even developers had quite mastered them. Anybody, however, can use a d-pad. The shapes are also a bit friendlier and easier to read. This applies more to simpler games, as I said. Let's say, what I meant more was that it was better and more inviting for newer gamers.

#27 Posted by berserker_guts (92 posts) -
I always liked the DS3 more, maybe because its much easier to pick up and play on-the-go or because the D-pad is placed perfectly and the R1, L1 are nicer and easy to use, or maybe because i have normal not so over-sized hands :P
#28 Posted by mercclass (575 posts) -
DS3 Has everything the 360 controller has plus sixaxis functionality for when I play Bowling. Also I hate replacing batteries.
#29 Posted by sts9kid (658 posts) -

Debate of the day.

Let's compare:

Xbox 360 Controller

PRO:

- Comfortable design with easy to reach buttons

- Excellent placement of thumbsticks that are very comfortable

- Looks nice and comes in a variety of colors

- Triggers best for shooters, racers, and flight sims (AC6)

- Controller is sturdier

CON:

- Awful D-pad

- Harder to reach Start and Back buttons

- Shoulder buttons not as convenient

- "Xbox 360 Controller" isn't fun to say

- Requires regular battery purchase or that you buy a play and charge kit

Dualshock 3:

PRO:

- Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use

- Controller is standardized and there aren't many games that it isn't good for

- Better D-pad

- Has basic motion sensing, leaving room for lots of fun things to come

- Built in recheargeable battery

CON:

- Only comes in black and white, and looks just like previous Dualshock designs, giving it a last-gen feel

- Your fingers tend to float off the thumbsticks

- "Triggers" aren't quite as nice

- Larger hands (such as mine) have trouble with their small fingers staying on the controller

- "Home" button isn't as easy to reach as the Xbox Guide button

- Motion sensing gets in the way in some games, not all like it there

That's all I cold think of for now, I put more cons on the Dualshock 3 but some cons have less value than others. I tried my best to be as neutral as possible. As for my own opinion, I'm lenient on the 360 controller. Give me your opinion and share more pros and cons!

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I'll be editing this as we go, in case I missed any

darthzew

Wow, what a dumb thread. The controllers are nearly identical, closer than any other generation IMHO. Somehow, people still feel the need to argue their opinions as if they are fact.

The worst thing this thread does is it doesn't even take into consideration the objective differences between the controllers. Instead, it focuses on antecdotal evidence and opinions to form the "pro" and "con". Of course, there is no mention of how the DS3 has a rechargable battery. There is no mention of the differences between RF/BT. All the other differences are subjective, and you can't really place them as a "con" or a "pro" because they are different for every person.

#30 Posted by omarguy01 (8138 posts) -

comfort>all else

so 360

#31 Posted by darthzew (1213 posts) -
[QUOTE="darthzew"]

Debate of the day.

Let's compare:

Xbox 360 Controller

PRO:

- Comfortable design with easy to reach buttons

- Excellent placement of thumbsticks that are very comfortable

- Looks nice and comes in a variety of colors

- Triggers best for shooters, racers, and flight sims (AC6)

- Controller is sturdier

CON:

- Awful D-pad

- Harder to reach Start and Back buttons

- Shoulder buttons not as convenient

- "Xbox 360 Controller" isn't fun to say

- Requires regular battery purchase or that you buy a play and charge kit

Dualshock 3:

PRO:

- Easy to pick up and play design that anyone can use

- Controller is standardized and there aren't many games that it isn't good for

- Better D-pad

- Has basic motion sensing, leaving room for lots of fun things to come

- Built in recheargeable battery

CON:

- Only comes in black and white, and looks just like previous Dualshock designs, giving it a last-gen feel

- Your fingers tend to float off the thumbsticks

- "Triggers" aren't quite as nice

- Larger hands (such as mine) have trouble with their small fingers staying on the controller

- "Home" button isn't as easy to reach as the Xbox Guide button

- Motion sensing gets in the way in some games, not all like it there

That's all I cold think of for now, I put more cons on the Dualshock 3 but some cons have less value than others. I tried my best to be as neutral as possible. As for my own opinion, I'm lenient on the 360 controller. Give me your opinion and share more pros and cons!

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I'll be editing this as we go, in case I missed any

sts9kid

Wow, what a dumb thread. The controllers are nearly identical, closer than any other generation IMHO. Somehow, people still feel the need to argue their opinions as if they are fact.

The worst thing this thread does is it doesn't even take into consideration the objective differences between the controllers. Instead, it focuses on antecdotal evidence and opinions to form the "pro" and "con". Of course, there is no mention of how the DS3 has a rechargable battery. There is no mention of the differences between RF/BT. All the other differences are subjective, and you can't really place them as a "con" or a "pro" because they are different for every person.

Owned (see underlined, bold, and italicized portions in the quote above)

#32 Posted by laughingman42 (8730 posts) -
the only thing that I like better about the DS3 is the D-pad, besides I think that the 360 controller is better in every way.
#33 Posted by SHuN_G0Ku (480 posts) -
[QUOTE="SHuN_G0Ku"][QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"]

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

Sgt_Grig

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

ummm.....did you read my sig??

ummm..... i dont wanna embarrass myself but are you referring to the 360 controller not having a motion sensor as a con or the DS3 having a Sixaxis..?

..cuz if you're referring to the DS3 then you might wanna change your sig before you embarrass yourself before i do

#34 Posted by wapahala (6276 posts) -

"- Harder to reach Start and Back buttons

- Shoulder buttons not as convenient

- "Xbox 360 Controller" isn't fun to say"

First: WHAT? If you say you have big hands, you should reach them perfectly fine! I have absolutely no problems with this.

Secondly: Not as convenient? I don't get that. Also, at least the Xbox shoulder buttons wont get stuck like my previous DS2 controllers did.

Third: It isn't fun to say? Totally irrelevant. Plus, I just call it the 360 controller :P

#35 Posted by ikwal (1600 posts) -
I think you have put up a nice and fair list of pros and cons. I like both controllers, I think the 360 controller fits better in my hand but it feels akward to use both analog sticks because they are places asymmetricly.
#36 Posted by -hells- (1027 posts) -

360 controller hands down, only a fanboy would say otherwise.achilles614

hmmmmmm....... from what i see the 360 has a larger install base currently and i have already made a poll on this and ds3 won so saying only fanboys like ds3 is dillusional its all about personal prefference

http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26330813

#37 Posted by GreatDecay (624 posts) -
[QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"][QUOTE="SHuN_G0Ku"][QUOTE="Sgt_Grig"]

put motion sensing as a con....cause that what it is.

SHuN_G0Ku

...says the guy who has a WiiMote sig

:lol:

ummm.....did you read my sig??

ummm..... i dont wanna embarrass myself but are you referring to the 360 controller not having a motion sensor as a con or the DS3 having a Sixaxis..?

..cuz if you're referring to the DS3 then you might wanna change your sig before you embarrass yourself before i do

LOL

#38 Posted by darthzew (1213 posts) -

"- Harder to reach Start and Back buttons

- Shoulder buttons not as convenient

- "Xbox 360 Controller" isn't fun to say"

First: WHAT? If you say you have big hands, you should reach them perfectly fine! I have absolutely no problems with this.

Secondly: Not as convenient? I don't get that. Also, at least the Xbox shoulder buttons wont get stuck like my previous DS2 controllers did.

Third: It isn't fun to say? Totally irrelevant. Plus, I just call it the 360 controller :P

wapahala

Yep. Isn't fun to say is totally irrelevant. It does not affect gameplay whatsoever. I do wish it would have a nicer name though. Dualshock just sounds cool. How about... Controller-T (T comes after S, I'm referring to the old Xbox "Controller-S", in case you didn't know)

#39 Posted by mistervengeance (6768 posts) -
you can't really define it that easily. for me, it depends on the game. for a shooter, 360 controller, and honestly i like it better for gTA4, but for nearly every other type of game dualshock is king.
#40 Posted by killzowned24 (7345 posts) -

DS3 is the best.

GTA must suck with those crappy bumpers.

#41 Posted by beinss (1838 posts) -
To be honest when i used the 360 controller for the 1st time i loved it. Last gen feel (the Gamestop version of the original xbox controller was the best, and Microsoft just copied it). But then i used the DS3. My goodness. Greatest controller ever. Definetly no feel of a last gen controller like u listed. It feels completely new even though it looks the same. And from my experience the DS3 analogue sticks are much more responsive than the 360. The bumpers on the 360 controller are always in the way. The feel for the 360 controller i thought was amazing. But after using a DS3 the 360 controller just feels clunky.
#42 Posted by wooooode (16665 posts) -
The 360 is a garbage console with poor engineering but who ever created the controller gets a big high five from me.
#43 Posted by AgentA-Mi6 (16260 posts) -
Ds3 for me, The Ps controller design has always been my favorite ^^
#44 Posted by thelastguy (12030 posts) -
I have used both and i like the DS3 because it is feels familiar in my hands.
#45 Posted by killzowned24 (7345 posts) -
Sony should just make 2 versions, one with a dreamcast placed stick and normal next time or even now.
#46 Posted by freeweed (29 posts) -

I like the 360 controller, but for me DS3 is better because I have smaller hands. I guess 360 controllers are better for larger hands because of the thumbstick placement, and the DS3 is better for smaller hands because thumbsticks are closer. Well, that's just my opinion - too bad my 360 can't use a DS3 though. Oh well - I'm happy with my GoW2 :)

#47 Posted by freeweed (29 posts) -

My 360 controller has rechargable batteries...

#48 Posted by stevoqwerty (4029 posts) -

I used to own all current gen console, and the best controller has to go to Xbox 360's

Pro: perfectfit on my hand

nice bumpers and triggers

awesome unsleppery analogue sticks

responsive start/select and home button

decent face button

Con: worst dpad

need batteries

What I call a perfect controller

-xbox bumper and triggers

-ps3 face buttons

-xbox analogue stick

-ps3 dpad

-xbox controller design

-ps3 built in batteries

#49 Posted by Generalmojo (3670 posts) -

DualShock3 hands down.

#50 Posted by onewiththegame (4251 posts) -

360 by far