Big Red Button – Multi-system – 2005
The big red button on a Buzz controller (and other, similar controllers) really gets to the heart of what being the most important button is about: size, redness and lighting up at appropriate times. Like the secret, emergency Batphone of videogame controllers, you can’t help but want to use this button the moment you see it.
Above: Do not hit your screen
The only noticeable drawback of the alluring button is that it lacks the weight that we’d like to see in a giant red button. The controller feels light, so there’s a click – but not a solidly tactile punch – when you press and depress the button. If this button were full of gummy bears or fruit punch, it would have received a perfect score.
Triangle Button – PlayStation 3 – 2006
A handsome coupling of green and black, the Triangle button incorporates both a minimalist design and capitalization on the Triangle button of the PS1 and PS2. At first, it’s difficult to discern the nuanced differences between the modern and last-generation triangle buttons.
After careful consideration, however, it’s easy to see why the PS3’s triangle has finally ousted the X-button’s top spot on the PlayStation-button list. For those who are concerned with function as well as form, the triangle is fully pushable and located on the upper-right of the PS3’s controller face. We’ve pushed it several times, and encountered no difficulties whatsoever.
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