The Evolution Of The Video Game Controllers (Joysticks)

Do you know that how the first video game controller looked? or how video game controllers aka joysticks looked in early days?


Don’t miss the complete evolution of video game control schemes-including handhelds, joysticks, paddles, game-pads, and one notable glove–this pictures shows how gaming input has evolved from simple knobs to directional pads to touch screens.

Magnavox Odyssey first demonstrated in April 1972 and released publically in August 1972. This is the world’s first commercial video game controller.


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Fairchild Channel F is a home video game console released in 1976 by Fairchild Semiconductor. The controller was made available at a retail price of $169.95 at that time and is equivalent to $700 as per recent days.


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Atari 2600 was released by Atari, Inc in September 1977


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Atari VCS (2600) paddle controller look very similar to the driving controllers.


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Bally Astrocade (Released in 1977 and discontinued in 1983)


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Magnavox Odyssey 2 is released in 1978 and discontinued in 1984


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