PlayStation Systems and Accessories
There has been a long line of PlayStation Controllers over the past 20 years. While we can’t cover each minor change, we will cover the major updates. We can provide you with any controller you need to play your favorite games with. And we can find any specialized revision to help complete your collection!
The first controller was the simple iconic controller that is so familiar to everyone. It was based on the button configuration of the Super Nintendo controller, with a better grip.
Sony soon added two analog sticks to the basic controller and called it the Dual Analog controller. There are three modes of operation: Digital, which disables the Analog sticks, Analog (as also found on DualShock/DualShock 2 controllers) and a unique Analog Flightstick mode that is not available on the DualShock or DualShock 2. The Dual-Analog controller is highly sought after by collectors who like the Ridged Buttons, longer grip, and there is no distraction from the dual shock vibrations of newer controllers. The Dual Analog was only made for a short period of time, and is becoming quite hard to find.
Sony soon added a vibration feedback feature, and called the new controller the DualShock. There are versions for the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4. The DualShock Analog Controller, a controller capable of providing vibration feedback, was based on the on-screen action of the game (if the game supports it), as well as analog input through two analog sticks. The controller’s name derives from its use of two (dual) vibration motors (shock). These motors are housed within the handles of the controller, with the left one being larger and more powerful than the one on the right, so as to allow for varying levels of vibration.
With the release of the PlayStation Two (PS2) console, Sony released a new DualShock 2 controller. The new controller is basically the same as the DualShock, with a few cosmetic changes. The buttons and sticks were noticeably stiffer, giving smoother control of the game.
All controllers are basically forward, and backward compatible with each other. Any unused buttons are simply ignored by the game. So pick your favorite(s) for you collection!