How to Buy Video Game Controllers

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How to Buy Video Game Controllers

Gamers cannot play their games without video game controllers.. Whether they are attached to the consoles, like those found on portable gaming systems, or they come as separate devices, video game controllers are crucial. Their design is also important from the placement of the buttons to the ergonomic shape of the shells. Video game systems have reinvented the wheel several times to release different kinds of controllers. Some feature dozens of buttons while other controllers that use Bluetooth technology to communicate with the TV have cut back on the number of buttons needed.

Controllers for current game systems can always be found in electronic stores and department stores, but buyers can find new and old controllers for sale on eBay.. When it comes to buying controllers, consumers need to purchase ones that are compatible with their systems and decide if they want to get controllers that come with extra features.

Buying Nintendo Video Game Controllers

Nintendo is the oldest video game brand still producing new models. Loyal consumers tend to stick to the Nintendo brand and still play games regularly on their old consoles. This company has led the way in video game controller technology and was the first one to incorporate Bluetooth into their controllers.

Original Nintendo

The original Nintendo controller was exceedingly simple. It featured an A and B button, along with a directional crossbar button known as a digital pad, or D-pad. The controller attached to the console via a wire. It is interesting to note that during the 1980s Nintendo did produce several controllers which used motion-sensing technology, such as the Power Glove. While it did not catch on at this time, Nintendo would return to the same concept again with the Wii.

Super Nintendo

The Super Nintendo controller was similar to the original Nintendo one except that it added two additional buttons. Designers rounded the edges of the controller giving it the shape of a dog biscuit. This made it easier to use than the rectangle shape of the original Nintendo controller. This controller was also attached to the console via a wire.

N64

The N64 controller was more complicated than the earlier models. It featured a D-pad along with a small joystick so that gamers could choose between the two. Buttons were also added to the shoulders of the controller, and a trigger button was placed underneath. This controller also came with an optional expansion pack that allowed it to shake when certain events happened within the game.

GameCube

Even more buttons were added to the GameCube,, the console that succeeded the N64. Players now had a D-pad along with two analogue joysticks for steering. It also used a better ergonomic design than the N64, including better grips and an oversized A button. The optional shaking feature found in N64 controllers came standard on the GameCube. The controller, like all of the earlier models, was still attached to the TV through a wire. However, some models, such as the Wavebird, were wireless.

Wii

The contrast between the button-heavy GameCube controller and the minimal design of the Wii controller is shocking. Nintendo completely reinvented the controller for its Wii console, giving it a shape like a TV remote. The main controller only features a D-pad with an A button on top and a B button underneath. There are also buttons numbered 1 and 2 along with an attachable USB controller called a nunchuk that used the analogue joystick.

The greatest change, however, was the true wireless nature of the controller. Not only was it able to control the game without using a wire, the Wii was able to read the position of the controller and base the gameplay off of it. This turned the controller from a piece of plastic that just sat in the gamer's hands into a 3D control.

Buying PlayStation Video Game Controllers

The original PlayStation controller had many similar features to the Super Nintendo controller. It features an improved ergonomic design by adding grip handles and repositioning the buttons to mimic the shape of the D-pad. This model was tethered to the console via a wire.

PlayStation 2

The PlayStation 2 continued with the basic design used in the original PlayStation computer. Key differences include the two additional analogue controls added at the bottom of the controller. Shock technology also allowed this controller to vibrate when certain events happened in the game. The original controller was wired, but Sony later released wireless models.

PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 controller was completely wireless. Other than this key difference, it shared almost the same design as the PlayStation 2 controller. The buttons were more sensitive, and the controller also featured the vibration technology of earlier models.

PlayStation Eye

As the Wii became more popular, Sony looked into ways to compete in an already glutted gaming market. The PlayStation Eye was the result. This controller was a camera that attached to the console and read the gamer's movements during gameplay. An actual controller was not used, and the company highlighted this feature over the Wii's reliance on a controller. However, the company later changed its stance once the PlayStation Move was released.

PlayStation Move

The PlayStation Move controller was Sony's response to the Wii. It is designed to work with the PlayStation 3, although gamers also need the PlayStation Eye for the system to work correctly. The controller mimics the shape of the Wii controller and uses many of the same features. Like the Wii, the PlayStation Move allows users to perform actions in the game by moving their controllers. Both the PlayStation Eye and PlayStation Move work with several games on the PlayStation system, but are not compatible with its complete library of consoles.

Buying Xbox Video Game Controllers

The original Xbox system was released during the same time as the PlayStation 2. Both controllers feature almost the same button design, but use a different shape. The Xbox controller is larger and flatter. It too was originally sold as a wired model, but later additions used a wireless system.

Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 console superseded the original Xbox, and while its controller uses the same basic design, there are some key differences. It is completely wireless by way of Wi-Fi technology, and the console allows four different controllers to work at the same time. An Xbox LIVE button was also included on the controller so that players can easily enter Xbox's online gaming system.

Kinect

The Xbox Kinect controller allows the gamer to become the controller. It was designed much like the PlayStation Eye and uses a camera that captures the gamer's movements. Also like the PlayStation Eye, it is not a controller in the traditional sense, because the gamer does not directly operate it during gameplay. Likewise, the Kinect only works for some games on Xbox, not all of them.

Comparing Video Game Controllers

When consumers are in the market for new controllers, they must make sure to purchase the right ones for their consoles. Several consoles offer different controllers that work with some games, but are not universal across the entire gaming library.

Name

Compatible System

Wired/ Wireless

Motion Sensor

Nintendo

NES

Wired

No

Super Nintendo

Super Nintendo

Wired

No

N64

N64

Wired

No

PlayStation

PlayStation

Wired

No

GameCube

Nintendo GameCube

Both

No

PlayStation 2

PlayStation 2

Both

No

Xbox

Xbox

Both

No

Wii

Nintendo Wii

Wireless

Yes

PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3

Wireless

No

PlayStation Move

PlayStation 3

Wireless

Yes

Xbox 360

Xbox 360

Wireless

No

Microsoft Kinect

Xbox 360

Wireless

Yes

All Wii controllers work off the Wii remote because, this was the controller the system was designed for. Xbox and PlayStation 3 controllers, like the Kinect or the PlayStation Move, only work with certain games, because these consoles were retrofitted to work with the new controllers.

How to Buy Video Game Controllers on eBay

eBay has its fair share of video games and plenty of consoles and other accessories. Gamers can quickly lose track of time browsing all of the merchandise for sale on eBay. Old consoles which some gamers grew up playing are listed for sale alongside the latest offerings from video game companies. You have to learn how to navigate this area of eBay correctly in order to get the best deal before it is gone.

Start off by searching for "video game controllers&" by typing the words into the search box. A universal list of video game controllers currently for sale across all systems instantly appears. Of course, this list is far too broad for most consumers. You can narrow down the terms by typing in "PlayStation 3 controllers&" or "Xbox 360 controllers&". This limits the results down to a specific system. You can also search for new or used controllers, and this is especially helpful when looking for controllers on old systems.

Conclusion

The video game controller evolved alongside gaming consoles. As games became more intense, greater emphasis was placed on designing controllers to keep up with the pace of the competition. Early controller, such as the first offering from Nintendo, was extremely simple, while the later GameCube controller was very complex. Both PlayStation and Xbox also use complex controllers and the Xbox 360 version allows the gamers to connect to Xbox LIVE directly.

Motion technology superseded the button wars and changed the emphasis from more buttons to greater ways to incorporate gamer movements into the games. Nintendo Wii, Xbox Kinect, and PlayStation Eye and Move all use gamer movements as part of the control. Furthermore, older controllers were retrofitted with wireless technology so that gamers no longer had to be tethered to the console. The shape and format of video game controllers is constantly changing but old or new, all of them can be found on eBay.

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