Well I made this out of frustration of people calling the PS3 controller uncomfortable. I think people simply take one look at it, think it's ugly looking and then jump to the conclusion that it will be uncomfortable to hold. I hope these people don't judge people in a similar way!
I'll admit, when I first saw this thing (which was right after watching the Sony press conference on GameSpot), I laughed. The first thing I thought was it was some kind of third party controller for the PS2. Then I went to IGN and to my horror it was real! I couldn't believe it. There are probably a lot of people out there who still get this bad reaction EVERY time they see the controller.
However, it took me a few days to understand just how comfortable the thing could be. And no, I don't even own a similar controller to understand that. Simply, I did what you see in the animated gif, I moved my hands in to the position the controller is shaped and it just felt right. Your finger tips don't bend as much as they would gripping a regular controller, everything about the design seems to make perfect sense.
I wouldn't be suprised if the designers at Sony, behind this controller, used clay or something to that effect and used it to craft it. Just dunking their hands in to it to create the most comfortable thing. I'm not exagerating, the shape does make sense it just naturally curls with the hands, heck it even makes using the R2 and L2 buttons easier.
Regardless of the names or similiarities people have used to mock it, don't let it discourage you, it will be great. However, as good as it seems, I have a funny feeling Sony probably WILL change it, which would be a shame, afterall, they still continue to display a conceptual design sign next to it at every trade show it's at, and they must have heard all the complaints people have made of it by now. If they do change it, I wouldn't mind, as at least it would shut a lot of those people up, however, I'd still like to try the 'boomerang' before they do.
And here it is:
Forgive my stupidity in comparing it to a steering wheel, I couldn't think of a better comparison at the time.
I was happy to know that it did manage to change the opinions of a few people out there, suprised too! In that respects, it probably remains one of my best Photoshop/ Image Ready created things to date.
This made it on a few game blogs out there, including joystiq: http://www.joystiq.com/2005/11/30/the-ergonomics-behind-the-ps3-controller/