Published on Dec 29, 2019

PlayStation Joystick Background Images

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Ask children about joysticks and you will get to know their true level of intelligence. Joysticks are as popular among children as chocolates are, mainly because joysticks help children in playing video games. With the help of this device they can easily control various facets of a video game console. Joysticks are those input devices which consist of a stick that can be turned around on a base; they can report its angle or direction to the device it is controlling.

It has one or more push-buttons which is interpreted by the video game computer to act depending on the sequence, speed and pressure in which the buttons are directed or pressed. A trendy distinction of the joystick used in modern video game consoles is the analog stick. In actual practice joysticks have been in operation to control aircraft, particularly military fighter jets. These are also being used in trucks, cranes and utilized as input devices in various mobile phones as well. In the past this device was developed for aiming missiles towards its target.

The first video game joystick was created in 1967 by the Magnavox Odyssey console. These devices were analog, which used two potentiometers to measure position. Later on – digital joysticks were developed and improved upon by the Atari Corporation it contained a single ‘fire’ button and had a connection via a DE-9 connector. Joysticks were generally utilized as controllers in the first and second generation game consoles, but with the coming up of Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Master System in 1985 and 1986 they were recognized as gamepads. Now days traditional joysticks – particularly arcade-style joysticks are popular after-market accessories tailored to individual games.


Lately analog or thumb sticks have become the norm on video game consoles. They have the ability to designate the stick’s disarticulation from its neutral position. In other words while using these sticks the software does not uphold the track of the position or guess the speed at which controls are moved. These devices in actual practice use magnetic flux detectors to verify the position of the stick.

A majority of joysticks are two dimensional and contain two axis movements similar to that of a computer mouse, but there are also other joysticks available which come in one and three-dimensional forms. A joystick is usually configured so that turning the stick left or right signals advancement along the X axis, and moving it onward (up) or back (down) signals advancing along the Y axis. In three dimensional joysticks, twisting the stick left or right signals movement along the Z axis. The analog joystick is always in a continuous state, while a digital joystick contains on/off signals for four directions. These digital joysticks are now common use among generation video game consoles, modern home computers and arcade machines.

Joysticks Buying Guide

  • Check whether your joystick has a USB capability.
  • Whether your joystick is compatible with your console and the specific game/software you plan on using it for.
  • Check about how much warranty the joystick is carrying. If the joystick has a good warranty this means it will last long.
  • Check whether it is comfortable in your hands and its buttons are easily accessible.
  • Buy a joystick that supports force feedback.

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