A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

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A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

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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