“The Duke”

Worst Video Game Controllers

The original Microsoft Xbox controller was bad.

Like, really bad.

Compared to its more svelte and ergonomic contemporaries, such as the DualShock 2 for the PlayStation 2, as well as the default controller for the Nintendo GameCube, “The Duke”, as it has since been named, is more of a dupe than anything else.

The only thing royal about the original Microsoft Xbox controller is how it will go down as the king of worst video game controllers, and it’s not just because of how bad it is, but also because it was the default controller that the original Xbox came with.

Thankfully, Microsoft was smart enough to dial back on its design and release the “S” a few years later, which sports the same design philosophy that would be used later for the default controllers for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.