This is a quick video on the topic of product design and how video game controllers have evolved over the years. In this video I focus on Sega and Microsoft controllers as they appear to stem from the same family (Note the Microsoft logo on the front of your Dreamcast). I look at how the design has evolved and developed from one console generation to the next. From the very basic 2 button Master System controller right up to the current generation wireless Xbox 360 controller.
**Note to all Sony/Nintendo/Vectrex fanboys**
This is a video about Sega and Microsoft peripherals and the product design history specific to these companies products.
Other manufacturers products are not relevant here. But why you ask? Well, I am not looking at who invented what or who introduced which feature into the console market first. I am only looking at Sega and Microsoft's design choices from one generation to the next. I am not saying who or what (if any) external influence affected their design choices.
Product design, branding and marketing are topics I personally find very interesting. I collect peripherals from all the manufacturers and for most consoles, both old and new. I am NOT a fanboy. Maybe in future I'll make a video about Sony or Nintendo controller evolution.
**Note to all internet experts**
I didn't forget the Mega Drive six button controller. I know it exists! I own a few variations of the 6 button Mega Drive controller. Unfortunately I didn't have an official Sega controller to hand at the time of making this vid so decided to omit it and keep the video more streamlined. This goes for the SG-1000 controller, Master System Control Stick, Mega Drive Mega Fire and any other official variant of a standard controller (with the exception of the 3D Saturn controller).
The button in the middle of a 360 controller is called the Guide button.
The smaller Saturn controller was the original controller for the system. The Saturn came out in Japan before NA and this is the controller it shipped with.
The Duke (big fat Xbox original controller) was the original Xbox Controller. The Xbox came out in NA before Japan and this was the controller it shipped with.
Unfortunately I've had to switch comments to approve only. This is because some people believe it is acceptable to flame bait, troll and post abusive/rude remarks. I'm really sorry if you have a genuine comment to make as it might take a little while for it to show up.
Thanks for watching!