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Japanese Like PS3, Xbox 360 too (a little) |

Xbox 360If the latest poll figures are to be believed, Microsoft is doing very well in Japan compared to last time around.

According to Famitsu, 23.9% of Japanese gamers are interested in aquiring an Xbox 360. The number one reason for getting the Xbox 360? The controller. And you know, I have to agree with them. Unless Sony enhances their controller for the next gen, Microsoft’s controller will be the one to beat. Hey Sony! Are you listening???

That compares to 63.2% of gamers who are interested in buying a PS3. Number one reason? The features. Kind of nebulous, I know, but there are a lot of them to choose from. And the number three reason not to buy the PS3 was… the controller. Surprise surprise.

As the interface to the console, the controller has to be just right. And it looks like Microsoft is getting it this time around. And while the DualShock is a great controller, it’s getting a little long in the tooth. It needs to be a bit more ergonomic, maybe some online functionality. But most importantly, it needs triggers! I’ve mentioned this before, but got no reaction. Anybody at all agree with me?

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  • Scott

    I have to agree, alot of the reasons i dislike the PlayStation controllers to date is the lack of the triggers which are vital for first person shooters.

    And with the Xbox 360 controller Microsoft has give the best of both worlds with triggers and shoulder buttons and its no surprise the controller is such a hit with any market.

    I will consider picking up a PlayStation 3, but only if they change the controller design to that of the PlayStation and PlayStation 2.

  • todd

    I agree, I’m an xbox owner and the triggers rock. They would be great on a PS, esp when playing something like F1 where it’s great to have an analog accelerator…

  • I don’t really care much that the PS3 controller looks funky. I just care about how well it works. Will it feel good in my hands? Will they add triggers? Etc…

  • Todd: I just reread your post and got it now. Ha ha! (Inside joke.)

  • Francois Methot

    IMO, the best way to aim and look around in a FPS is to use a mouse and a keyboard. I hope the PS3 support them for all their FPS (not just for the first or two FPS title like it was the case for PS2), that would be the only chance of detroning the PC as the best FPS platform.