VideoGameCritic wrote:Actually the Xbox 360 came out a little bit before the PS3, so does the 360 deserve this honor?
I don't think the initial Xbox 360 controllers had recharging built in or in the box. My recollection is that the controller had a battery compartment and, for an extra cost (like $20), you could buy a separate recharging kit that added a rechargeable battery. So it's a dicey area. Hard to call it a good design when it required a separate purchase, but also heard to credit the PS3 when it wasn't doing anything too novel either. Wireless controllers were around since the Atari 2600, but just took til the 2000s for the technology to be practical.
But the 360 controllers were pretty amazing in their own right. That was the first top-tier controller for 3D games in my opinion.. the amount of buttons, button placement, quality of the two analog sticks, size and comfort, etc.. I think Sony's controller is now comparable on PS4, since they improved the sticks, but Microsoft got there first and those 360 controllers were near perfect.