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A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers
Timothy J. Seppala
Timothy J. Seppala|@timseppala|August 1, 2015 12:00 PM

If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and -- akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions -- controllers have changed to accommodate that. What you'll find in the gallery below is a comprehensive look at gamepads from the past 30-plus years of gaming, including high points and missteps alike.

Gallery: The evolution of modern game controllers | 26 Photos

  • Atari 2600 joystick
  • Atari 5200 controller
  • Atari 7800 controller
  • Atari Jaguar controller
  • Atari Jaguar Pro controller
  • Nintendo NES controller
  • Super NES controller
  • Nintendo 64 controller
  • Nintendo GameCube controller
  • Nintendo GameCube WaveBird
  • Nintendo Wii Wiimote and Nunchuk
  • Nintendo Wii U GamePad
  • Sega Genesis controller
  • Sega Saturn Controller
  • Sega Saturn 3D controller
  • Sega Dreamcast controller
  • Sony PlayStation controller
  • Sony PlayStation DualShock
  • Sony PlayStation DualShock 2
  • Sony PlayStation Sixaxis and DualShock 3
  • Xbox 'Duke' controller
  • Xbox Controller S
  • Xbox 360  Wireless Controller
  • Xbox One controller
  • Xbox One Elite Controller
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A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers