The PlayStation controller has barely changed at all since the PSX debuted in 1994. The PS3 version added rumble feedback and a largely useless Sixaxis motion-sensor, but it remains reassuringly familiar. If you were raised on Sony's previous consoles, the Triangle, Square, Circle and X buttons are embedded in your fingertips like DNA. Instant gaming gratification.
Microsoft's first stab at an Xbox controller was a huge and unwieldy affair that was roughly the size of New Zealand's south island. Thankfully, the current X360 iteration is a lot sleeker and more user-friendly. It also has a significant benefit over its PS3 rival: proper triggers. If you're an FPS fan (and these days, who isn't?) the addition of triggers is a huge boon. On the downside, the colour-coded buttons aren't as memorable as the PlayStation's iconic shapes, which can lead to frequent mistakes during quick time events.
Verdict: Draw. It really comes down to personal preference.
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