The Evolution of Game Controllers

Video game controllers have grown more complex over the years since the first video game was released onto the market.  They’ve become more refined to fit the users hands, and their buttons have multiplied for being able to control every aspect of a game.  They have incorporated new technologies, from analog controllers to newer touch screens.  Even more recently they’ve been transformed entirely, with the device itself being replaced by the movement of our own bodies that can be tracked by motion sensors responding to how our bodies work.

Pop Chart Lab released a graphic of the evolution of all video game controllers ever made.  The latest picture is an updated version from one of the groups earlier graphics, from 2011.  The first chart featured over 100 different controllers.  The updated version added over fifty more on top of the original 100.

The latest inclusion features a new addition to the tree of gaming controllers.  This represents the latest trend that shifting in gaming.  Users who are able to game on their iPod touch and iPads.  The smartphone was also added to the list as it continuously grows with the birth of newer technology.  These new touchscreens have redefined how people are able to game by reshaping how we are able to control the games and actual game play.

As society grows we commute to places more frequently every day.  We can play words with friends during our lunch breaks or download an app that plays RPG’s while we shop.  The iPod touch screens don’t fit what users once knew as a controller, but being able to shape the game with the swipe of our hand has been able to allow users the ability to add more control in gaming.  This new revolution is a first in the history of gaming, but is starting to become the natural acceptance for how controllers themselves have evolved over time.