The Xbox 360 controller is the best video game controller of all time, at least by my experience. The original Xbox controller was ridiculously huge and the PlayStation ones have never satisfied for me.

Now, I’ve been thinking about getting an Xbox One for some time. Some of the really impressive games are starting to come out and I’ve watched the system improve and develop since launch. That’s not to mention the competitive price point which is the number one reason why I will choose it over the PS4. There’s currently a deal on GAME.co.uk for an Xbox One bundled with The Witcher 3 and Ori and the Blind Forest for just £300, which sounds pretty great.

Anyway, I’ve played on a PS4 a couple of times but not an Xbox One until yesterday. Playing on the PS4 at my friend’s house I was pretty comfortable with the controller. It felt like it fitted into my hand quite naturally. But playing on an Xbox One controller yesterday was quite the opposite.

There’s a number of things I don’t like about it – first off, it was the size. The controller felt too large for me and it’s just ergonomically bizarre with weird angles all over the place. The buttons felt worn but the main reason I had difficulty playing FIFA 15 was because of the bumpers. On my 360 controller the bumpers click in effortlessly – all they require is a light tap. On the Xbox One controller I had to really put pressure on the bumpers every time I needed to use them, which was often during a game on FIFA.

Obviously, playing on a friends console, the buttons are going to be slightly worn (he’s had the system for a year), but that doesn’t really convince me. I don’t want my controller feeling like that a year down the line. After doing some research I found that there are certain pressure points on the controller. Ok, maybe I need to get used to how to use the bumpers, but still, I can’t understand why Microsoft didn’t just replicate the perfect bumpers from the 360 controller.

Regardless, I hear a new Xbox One controller is in the works so here’s hoping that improves a few things, because otherwise I’m seriously considering resisting my purchase just because of the controller.

  • golley

    Very interesting…i thought you had 3 xbox ones ? Here is why despise the ps4 controller. 1. The ps4 has no games i want and none are coming anytime soon. 2. The rubber on the sticks is cheap and wears through. 3. It has a completely useless blue light that is nothing but a battery drain, requiring far too frequent recharging. 4. It has no rummlble triggers like the xbox one controller which add awesome feedback to your hands.

    • Barry Harden

      Having a rechargeable battery is a huge convenience. Having to stop a multiplayer game to change batteries isn’t an option for gamers. This is one of many design flaws of the XBone controller. Dead zones are another.

      The DS4 is a winner in any case.

  • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

    If you are pressing on the inner area of the bumpers, you are doing it wrong. Don’t use your finger tips, use the lower part of the fingers. It’s faster and more comfortably and how the X1’s controller was designed to be used.

    • phar0ahad3

      Doesn’t matter i picked up the xbox one controller and that seriously pissed me off i cant even believe a controller on the market is out there with so many dead zones….that part is probably the biggest dead zone in controller history wtf how can a controller exist that i cant even click that portion wtf

      • Ryan

        Then don’t. At least don’t say stupid things and try to sound like you know what you’re talking about.

      • mc_365

        That button is designed to be a hinged button. That red zone is the Hinge.
        As @sega_fan_kain:disqus said, most people keep the Index Finger tips on the Triggers and use the inside of the knuckle to activate the Bumper. Some may use Middle Finger on Triggers and Index Finger on Bumber.

    • lj2387

      I think if you have to constantly be told how to properly use the controller, then it’s a poor design. I still prefer the Xbox One controller over all others, but the bumpers are kind of silly.

      • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

        If you were clicking the inside of the 360’s should buttons, you were doing that wrong too. I suppose if you went from the Playstation controller to the X1 controller you might be confused, but it really is better to use the lower part of your finger instead of curling your fingers like a claw to use your finger tips.

        • lj2387

          I never went from the PS controller to the Xbox controller. The fact that there are so many people that are apparently “doing it wrong” proves that it’s poorly designed. You shouldn’t have to teach someone how to press a button, it should be instinctive and natural. Other than that, it’s a perfect controller.

          • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

            My point was that you have always been doing it wrong. Doing something wrong and expecting it to work forever is ridiculous. The X1’s controller works perfectly if you do it right. It’s not like most people have the problem, it’s just a loud minority that refuses to unlearn their bad habits.

            • lj2387

              And my point is that irregardless of how it has always been done, if you have to tell someone that they are doing it wrong, then it’s poorly designed. I’ve been doing it “right” since launch, and I personally hate the bumpers. I’m not alone, even if we are a minority. I’ve played almost exclusively on Xbox since the OG.

              • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                Don’t blame Microsoft for your own bad habits. The most comfortable and natural way to use the bumpers is to roll your index finger, not to curl the tip in. Why should Microsoft assume people would use their fingers like claws when it’s uncomfortable and unnatural to do so? Get over it. The controller is about as perfect as it can be and there is nothing wrong the the bumpers. Anyone that has issues with the bumpers needs to dump their own bad habits.

                • lj2387

                  Yeah, it’s our fault if in our opinion, it isn’t comfortable. We should “get over it.”. Don Mattrick, is that you?

                  • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                    If it’s uncomfortable, you are doing it wrong. Don’t get over it, just do it right.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Man, it’s incredible how this guy blinded himself and never understand what is said. Once and for all: If you have to keep telling people to “do it right”, so the controller was poorly designed to begin with. Period!

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      There are two kinds of people in the world. The majority use the X1 controller correctly, the minority are doing it wrong. Some people can’t use a manual gear shift, but that doesn’t mean it’s designed wrong. People that think they can’t drive a stick, just need to learn to do it right. You’re using the best controller ever designed, but you’re using it wrong. The majority doesn’t have a problem with it so it’s not a design flaw, it’s your fault for using it wrong just like it’s a driver’s fault for grinding gears.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Well, let me tell you something you pretend you don’t know yet: If you have to keep telling people to “do it right”, just like you are doing, then the controller is poorly designed.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      Well, let me tell you, since you seem to stupid to understand it so far, that if only 1 out of 10 players gets it wrong like you, it’s not the controller’s fault. You are the tiny minority. You like some teenage girl that can’t drive a manual gear shift and blames Chevy while hundreds of millions of people drive the same stick without issue. Learn to do it right or continue being like that teenage girl, I don’t care, but right now you don’t even deserve to hold an X1 controller.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Man, you are a fckng retard, you know that?! Of course, there are some devices that require a proper utilization, but come on, you shouldn’t have to tell anyone how to PRESS A BUTTON! There is no manual for it. Just press it however you like.This is not about me not liking it, but a design issue that is affecting the gameplay experience for many people.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Man, you are a fckng retard, you know that?! Of course, there are some devices that require a proper utilization, but come on, you shouldn’t have to tell anyone how to PRESS A BUTTON! There is no manual for it. Just press it however you like.This is not about me not liking it, but a design issue that is affecting the gameplay experience for many people.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      It’s not “many people”, it’s just dumb fucks like you. If you are too stupid to be able to press a button property, take up a new hobby. Stop being that teenage girl who can’t drive stick.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Oh my… You should be ashamed to be such a fanboy.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      The only one who should be ashamed is you. You’re a terrible person and you have no value as a human being. When you die your headstone will read, “Did nothing worth remembering.”

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Hahahahaha!! And you have done what that worth rememberig, Mr. Nobody?
                      lol

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Hahahahaha!! And you have done what that worth rememberig, Mr. Nobody?
                      lol

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      I think I’ll have my headstone read, “Had no sympathy for functionally retarded crybabies who were too stupid to be able to use a simple video game controller properly.”

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Hahaha! You’re funny….

                    • The Cipher

                      I don’t care what your headstone reads, as long as you die ASAP. You Microsoft fanboys have backed and funded the demise of consoles and AAA titles with your sheep purchasing. The Xbox 360 controller is superior in everyway. You are just a stupid mindless consumer fanboy drone that reads “Xbone controller 43 innovations” *drools and throws money at Microsoft*. 43 innovations like removing the Player1-4 indicator on each controller? Or adding deadzone and random disconnects? Great innovation, Xbone.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      You are sub-human trash and a cancer on this world. The worst possible future is one in which you continue to breath.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      The only one who should be ashamed is you. You’re a terrible person and you have no value as a human being. When you die your headstone will read, “Did nothing worth remembering.”

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Oh my… You should be ashamed to be such a fanboy.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      It’s not “many people”, it’s just dumb fucks like you. If you are too stupid to be able to press a button property, take up a new hobby. Stop being that teenage girl who can’t drive stick.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      Well, let me tell you, since you seem to stupid to understand it so far, that if only 1 out of 10 players gets it wrong like you, it’s not the controller’s fault. You are the tiny minority. You like some teenage girl that can’t drive a manual gear shift and blames Chevy while hundreds of millions of people drive the same stick without issue. Learn to do it right or continue being like that teenage girl, I don’t care, but right now you don’t even deserve to hold an X1 controller.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Well, let me tell you something you pretend you don’t know yet: If you have to keep telling people to “do it right”, just like you are doing, then the controller is poorly designed.

                    • SEGA_FAN_KAIN

                      There are two kinds of people in the world. The majority use the X1 controller correctly, the minority are doing it wrong. Some people can’t use a manual gear shift, but that doesn’t mean it’s designed wrong. People that think they can’t drive a stick, just need to learn to do it right. You’re using the best controller ever designed, but you’re using it wrong. The majority doesn’t have a problem with it so it’s not a design flaw, it’s your fault for using it wrong just like it’s a driver’s fault for grinding gears.

                    • Marcelo Taranto

                      Man, it’s incredible how this guy blinded himself and never understand what is said. Once and for all: If you have to keep telling people to “do it right”, so the controller was poorly designed to begin with. Period!

  • spideynut71

    How can you critique something when you don’t understand it? This is like saying “I don’t like driving cars with manual transmissions, because they have too many peddles and they lurch and kill the engine every time I try to accelerate”.

    • Ryan

      Exactly

  • Ricoh123

    The only thing that gets on my nerves are idiots who think that batteries aren’t better.

    Fact –

    1) When the ds4 needs recharging and you want to play, you are forced to play with a wire coming out your pad

    Fact –

    2) Rechargeable AA’s are so cheap, you simply buy 4 of them and a charger. They cost next to nothing. You leave one set on charge ready when needed.

    Fact –

    3) The ds4 on a single charge will give you 5-7 hours game time. AA’s on a single charge will give the xb1 controller 50+ hours of game time.

    Fact –

    4) The 800 ah battery in the ds4 will completely die after 3,000 charges. This gives you approximately 15,000 – 20,000 hours of game time before the whole controller is useless. The cheap AA battery will completely die after around 1,000 charges. This gives you approximately 50,000 hours of game time before you need to buy another cheap AA rechargeable battery.

    Fact –

    5) There is ZERO advantages of having an internal battery over a cheap AA battery.

    Fact –

    6) There is TWO major flaws with having an internal battery.
    a) You’re forced to play with a wire whenever it needs charging
    b) The controller is rendered useless when the battery completely dies.

    Fact –

    7) Only people grasping at straws and stupid people can possibly argue against any of the points I have made.

    • thelast

      you shouldn’t call it ‘Fact -‘ but ‘MyPersonalOpinionPiece -‘, because thats what it is. Here are some thoughts on some of your points:

      1) most people have multiple controllers and can just grab another one while recharging the other.
      2) ignoring something (like the cost of charger + rechargable batteries) does not make it a fact.
      4) you can replace the 800 ah battery of the ds4 after 3,000 charges.

      7) maybe you got this one right, I really feel stupid for argueing with you.

    • Revolver Ocelot

      No one cares about your excuses for the lacklustre Xbone controller.

  • Dylan Harris

    Is this really a opinion piece? Because it seems like your just trying to find something small to complain about. My 500 plus hours disagree with you

    • Ryan

      It’s click bait. He just wants to say something flashy, get a lot of clicks, and get paid. The point is, write articles about things you don’t know much about, but know are controversial, and make money.

  • HgGamer

    Lmfao what a idiot Xbox controller is simply the best

  • benbenkr

    Actually, I quite agree with this article. The bumpers on the Xbox One controller is more difficult to press than the 360’s. It’s awkward especially if you have short fingers.

  • i3myX1

    Here is why I don’t like the DS4:

    – Too small
    – positioning of the sticks is to close for my big hands

    –> the ergonomics of this controller feel unnatural and weird to my hands
    – material and buttons feel cheap compared to the X1 controller
    – no rumble motors in the triggers
    – too short lasting, built in, battery (I get 24+ hours of gamingtime out of my play and charge kit)

    As the above article, this is my personal opinion and no facts!

    For the X1 controller:
    I have no problems with the bumpers as they are nicely responsive. I have to say I have bigger hands (no huge paws but above average) and the bumpers are ergonomically perfectly formed for my needs and I never tried to press the inner area of them with my finger tips. It is designed to use the whole fingers as they are conviently resting in this area. Especially going back and forth between bumpers and triggers feels convenient.
    The rumble triggers are the most important innovation in the X1 controller as they give a new feel of control in certain games. I love the feel of the car that you get playing Forza 5. You can feel your wheels spinning and which side of the car is about to break out or if you are applying to much accel. so that your wheels spin. It allows you to hit the sweet spot between traction and wheel spin and between perfect breaking pressure and grabbing of brakes. Nice job with this part of the gamepad.
    The klicking noices and pressure points feel well designed. Gives it a feel of high end material.
    All in all the gamepads ergonomics and control allow me a comfortable way to game for hours without cramping my hands.

    But again: My opinion, no facts!!

    • Demetrius Radford

      my right bumper is messed up but the xb1 controller is confortable aside from that

      • druout1944 .

        Yup I love mine as well as my 360 ones. Looking forward to that Elite one.

  • Ryan

    I own both consoles. Pretty much whichever one I’m playing on at the time, the other one feels ‘off’. Then, when I switch and get used to the other one, the same thing happens to the first. I spend a lot of my time playing Destiny, and most of my friends bought ps4, so I’m more used to it. I like the feel of it, but I have had two controllers break down in three separate ways. It feels brittle by comparison to the xbox controller.

    The xbox one takes a little longer to get used to, but when I was playing the xbox one regularly it was a more enjoyable controller to use for Destiny. That being said, both controllers are very good.

    And, honestly, if your complaint is that the top corner of the bumper button isn’t pressable, why the hell are you trying to press there anyway?

  • Zarbor

    What a dumb article? If you have to ask why its dumb…nothing more needs to be said about you.

  • lj2387

    I agree, the bumpers are bad. If you have to constantly be told that you are using the controller wrong, then it’s a bad design. It should be fluid and natural, and despite learning how to press the bumpers in the “correct” way, I still hate it. That being said, I like it better than the 360 controller and the PS4 controller is a heaping pile of shit.

  • john smith

    I agree, the bumpers on the XBO are pretty much awful. MS messed up there.

  • Deadred

    You say the xbox 360 controller is great, then berate the one controller as being too large? Not much of a difference in size between the two.

  • Press on the outside of the bumpers. If you press the inner part, you’re using the controller incorrectly. Holding it by the outside makes it effortless to press the bumpers and triggers.

  • The Cipher

    The Xbone controller was advertised as featuring over “43 innovations” which is a complete joke. It is cumbersome, and doesn’t fit well in a normal person’s hand. They also removed the P1-P4 light indicator on the logo that the 360 smartly introduced. One inch forward, 2 feet back. If it aint broke, dont break it. This is why Microsoft will make no progress, for the past decade console video games have been the exact same thing, just bought, scrambled, and resold to idiots who don’t know what “progress” “innovation” “Improvements” mean.

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