Which controller has the best d-pad? (any generation, excluding handhelds)

Which controller has the best d-pad?
(any generation, excluding handhelds)

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gamecube

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not this mushy piece of shit

      not this tiny uncomfortable piece of shit

      NES/SNES

      NES is OK, SNES is a piece of shit

      Really it is the Saturn JP/model 2 pad that is supreme. PlayStation D-Pads are also generally great.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The SNES D-pad is perfection, you Sega fag.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Agreed, hyuck hyuck

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            What game dude?

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Beyond Oasis

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      literally the worst, stiffest, most vestigial dpad in existence. ruined the potential of the gameboy player

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    NES/SNES

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    tested tons of them.

    1.DS original
    2.Vita
    3. SNES
    4. HORIPAD xbox one. ps4
    5. I buffalo snes pad

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      what horipad specifically

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        probably talkin bout the FIGHTAN KOMMANDAR

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >tested tons
      >doesn't have saturn as number 1
      Fucking have a nice day seriously

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Wii U and Series X ironically.

      Vita slim Dpad is shit.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The Vita Slim d-pad is identical to the original and it's still great.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Ds original
      Kys.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As a guy who actually had a NES, Genesis, SNES when growing up its definitely Xbox Series controllers. People hype up the saturn and I recently got one and it's mushy bullshit. If they made a saturn dpad with the crispness of the xbox it would win.

    Never tried hori fight pads but they may be good.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My man. Xbox d-pad is so far beyond the competitors it isnt funny. Only device that I can make super metroid wall jumps more precisely then with the original snes pad. Better get those headphones with active noise cancelation though because those things are louder the cherry blues

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >those things are louder the cherry blues
        kinda love this about it because i can hear the input. helps that the wife got used to it

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I played a lot of 2D games with the first Xbox One controller and never had many problems. Ironically I bought an 8Bitdo SN30 Pro because they said the dpad was "perfect" and I wanted something better than the Xbox and ended up trading something functional for a garbage almost impossible to use.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Pressing the dpad until it clicks doesn't activate the button, and pressing it all the way down makes it click rapidly because those metal dome clickers are garbage. There's a reason every God dpad in history has membrane buttons, and there's 70000 postings on eBay for replacement Xbox dpad domes that don't actually fix the problem.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I tried using that fucking thing until it got me killed in Luna Nights because while the clicking helps a lot it will still press adjacent directions without actually pressing on that side of the d-pad like the 360, the hell are you people talking about

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Xbone or SexBox?

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    SNES or PS3. Fucking Xbox still hasn't gotten one good one in all this time, and I wish they would get their shit together because that's the only controller I use on pc.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >buy a xbone controller out of the blue
      >its the 20th anniversary one
      >feels nice
      >try playing anything that requires the Dpad
      >get double inputs

      I just want to be able to play tetris connected without fuckery

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I like the dpad of the Series X, i use it to play Project DIva

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Saturn - no contest.

    The best one after that is on the Hori pads, followed by ibuffalo.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    1- DualSense
    2- DS4
    3- SNES

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like the SNES one personally, though I play all my games on analog sticks now anyways unless it's menuing.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The best dpad I found on a cheap controller was from Hori Pokkén Pro Pad. As far as I know, is the same dpad of the simplest model of the Hori Fighting Commander that is highly praised by those who play fighting games. The difference in quality compared to the dpad of the garbage from 8Bitdo is absurd. The Hori Fighting Commander Octa has a dpad that is apparently even better, with even a programming function in software for you to determine things like diagonal sensitivity.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Here the Octa model, the dpad is not cross-shaped like the original Pokkén or Fighting Commander. But this controller is no longer low-budget. I paid about $15 on my Hori Pokkén and it is still good even with over two years of use.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        that d-pad design gives me Xbox 360 vibes

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this is super mushy and feels awful, cannot comprehend why anyone praises it.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        People praise it because it gets results. My performance in various games improved considerably after I replaced my shitty Sn30Pro with a Hori Pokkén.
        I have seen some Mario speedrunners recommending this controller as well, like the guy in SMB3 who makes several world records. He used Pokkén Pro to play Mario Maker or whatever on the Switch.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Hori
    They're good while they last, it's a crapshoot whether they'll shit out on you in two months

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's a real problem, I think Hori's best controllers are the niche ones. I have pic related which is their version of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and it has not lasted long, the analog stick is horrible with no precision and considerable dead zone. It's simply a bad product that I don't recommend.
      But the simpler controllers are much better. I played 500 hours just Mario Maker 2 in my Hori Pokkén and even today is the controller I use when I need a good dpad.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Arrows on a keyboard, not a single controller has beaten this.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Funny enough it's this lil bro. A ps1 clear yobo. I have a few in stock because nothing else feels nearly as good.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Playstation 2, 3, and to a lesser extent the PSP.
      >waaaah its not a solid cross so it sucks
      All the cardinal directions are accurate. All the diagonals are accurate. It doesn't replicate the function of a cheese grater whenever you try to roll through one direction into another. It therefore has full and equal functionality to the Nintendo thumb annihilators and then further functionality beyond that while simultaneously being more comfortable making it objectively superior.
      >what about xbrick
      I don't think any sane human being could claim their dpads are anything short of pure squidgy dogshit, not even in jest. Truly awful and useless.

      That's a real problem, I think Hori's best controllers are the niche ones. I have pic related which is their version of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and it has not lasted long, the analog stick is horrible with no precision and considerable dead zone. It's simply a bad product that I don't recommend.
      But the simpler controllers are much better. I played 500 hours just Mario Maker 2 in my Hori Pokkén and even today is the controller I use when I need a good dpad.

      >floaty disc dpads
      I think I'm actually going to vomit. Fuck you.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        bro you don't know so shut the fuck up. It's the best d pad for fighting games ever.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >accidentally mess up the finger position a little
          >the godforsaken circle pad captures 4 different inputs when I just wanted to press down and ruins my macro
          Not him but, no thanks.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            This gay here liked it:

            ?t=1480

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That wasn't the yobo was yo. The yobo out of nowhere was a beast and had excellent longevity

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Well I'm positive it's not the xbone controller. Clicky dpad instead of membrane and 75% of them are flaky after a month

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hate how shit D-Pads are now. They are all mushy and have no click/feedback to them.

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    N64

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like I'm the only person who likes the D-Pad from the 3DS/Wii/Wii U era of Nintendo.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the original 3ds has a perfect dpad
      the only problem is the placement being kinda cramped but its surprisingly ok

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Old 3DS with about 9 years
        >since a few years ago, pressing the dpad a bit too hard causes the SD card to disconnect

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      SNES Controller and controller for EVERYTHING below 4 face buttons, 2 shoulders and no sticks (Godsend for GBA).

      Wii classic controller Model 1 for everything else

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Wii classic controller Model 1
        Why that over the pro?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Analogue Shoulders

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            did a single game even use those?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        bro clean that fucking wii classic controller

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my faves from best to just good:
    -WiiU Gamepad
    -NES
    -new3ds
    -Xbox Series
    -SNES
    -Xbox One
    that's it

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Xbox controller for modern games, DualShock for retro games that are focused on dpad. Ultimately use what feels more comfortable to the game you are playing.

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like the clicky kind. Xbox Series, Nintendo DS/SP, Joycon

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the vita, no joke

  22. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    doesn't matter but we all know that sony has never made a good d-pad that wasn't chained to a dead handheld

  23. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    any dpad where you cant push in all directions at once is decent at least, any dpad where you can is terrible

  24. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gameboy Advance SP. Has some extreme longevity and feels really crisp.
    >but that's a handheld not a controller anon

    There's an OEM GBA to GC controller adapter that lets you use it as a controller so it actually is a controller as well.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Done that while trying to get a fast 100% clear in Metroid Fusion, it's pretty good. Though I do prefer the ergonomics of the original GBA.

  25. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    PS-Vita

  26. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    speaking of d-pads is it possible to switch the normal d-pad from the switch lite to something more robust like the PSP's d-pad?

    trying to play alpha 1 & III is a real killer on the system

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The psps d pad was fucking shit like all the playstation ones are you literally retarded?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you couldnt be more wrong even if you cut your dick off and became a woman you fucking retarded gay

  27. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Nintendo 64 Controller rand its not even close.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >almost no games use it
      typical monkey paw shit

  28. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why aren't there any controllers that feel like the vita dpad? They're just metal dome contacts aren't they? Having a definite click on every direction press feels so fucking good.

  29. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do the PS controllers make anyone else's thumbs hurt? I play a lot of hardcore platformers and they work great inputwise but after an hour or two of playing my thumb hurts like a motherfucker, much more than with any other dpad. I think the shape of the edge just claws into my thumb.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ps4 and ps5 analogs are great now compared to ps3. Ps5 dpad is better now since they brought them closer together, but its still shit since they made it to where they are all sperated by the plastic case like the face buttons.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What makes a good d-pad is when they are sessentially one button like the vita and saturn. Other dpads like on nintendo consoles are close in this respect but another factor is the diagonal inputs that the vita and saturn dpads designs achieve. Nintendos are close, but no cigar in my tastes, only a small step up compared to ps controllers.

  30. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You posted the pictureof it there.
    >NES had sharper edges and was smaller
    >N64 was on the part of the controller no one touched
    >later consoles only ever had it small and secondary to a joystick
    >handhelds are also small
    SNES had the best one.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      NES and SNES d-pads feel nothing alike to me

  31. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Last revision Alps DualShock 2 that shipped with 90k consoles
    There's more than a dozen variations of the DS2 from three different manufacturers but this one's the best. On the contrary the early M variant has one of the worst dpads ever made, stiff as fuck.

  32. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The SNES Dpad is overrated, it's too small for fighting games. All Dpads should undergo the fighting game test to see if it can do stuff consistently as well as comfort.

  33. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like the clickiness of the Xbox One controller, but it seems to wear out after a couple years and then the clicking and input registering won't match anymore.
    Does the new Series controller also have a clicky d-pad?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the clicking and input registering won't match anymore
      my xbone controller's dpad has always done the click at a lower pressure than the input and it's infuriating

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >the clicking and input registering won't match anymore
      my xbone controller's dpad has always done the click at a lower pressure than the input and it's infuriating

      Little recording of my Xbox Series X/S Controller
      https://streamable.com/ra65f3

  34. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    honestly, so far for me it's the DS4/dualsense, really good feel, not too hard or clicky, not too mushy either, I'd say the Dsi and 3DS are great but those are handhelds. I haven't tried saturn.

  35. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    M30 from 8bitdo is my favorite by far for 2D platformers. For other genres, I prefer analog or a fightstick.

  36. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Xbox SeX controller. I know my shit.

  37. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For fightan: is a separated d-pad more accurate and better than a conventional d-pad that's one chunk of plastic?

  38. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The one you posted. Only D-pad I could do SF2 Ken/Ryu moves on consistently.

    Pic was second because of how easy it was to get those angles on.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      People talk shit about the master system's dpad but I always found it to be accurate. Now Xbox 360 gamepad, that's the worst, most inaccurate piece of trash I have ever seen

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i'm in the saturn and vita camp

      SIDE WIRE

  39. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    doesnt get more precise than this

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      WSAD + Numpad 1235 can be rather a comfortable way to play 2D platformers

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      hard for me to do circular motions on a keyboard

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Bro, fuck that, use 4826

  40. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Vita pad

  41. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The GOAT
    I pity the one who has not experienced heaven at his fingertips

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I had one and it stopped working. Broke my heart.

  42. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this. it clicks so nicely. extremely high fidelity good for twitchy games

  43. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    PS Vita

  44. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I tend to go with Hori products. I put over a thousand hours into Bleach DS on OG DS dpad and hundreds into TvC on wii pro dpad so those were solid. I play Viper in sf4 and only the Hori products work for me. DS4 is okay in general.

  45. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I honestly can't quantify what makes a good or a bad dpad. I just touch a dpad and I either like it or I don't but I don't get why.

    I gotta say though I bought a 3 button sega controller a few weeks ago and its dpad has a ball bearing pivot and it feels like sex, that's definitely a favtor that makes a dpad feel good.

  46. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Original Megadrive controller. The housing for the d-pad is made of brass. And no, the new copies don't have that. Get an old one with an adaptor.

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