Last Week on #DailyPoll – 6/24/16


This is Last Week on Daily Poll. Each weekday, a poll is posted to the PSNation twitter account, @PSNation, for all to vote on. Then, once a week I compile those polls into a post. Last week was all about controls.

While buttons have been the defacto standard for a while (either on a controller or keyboard), one alternative control method has gained a lot of traction in the last decade. The advent of smartphones has lead to a lot of touchscreen based gaming. But is this preferred to buttons?

Preferred? Looks like tolerated might be a better way to phrase that. The “better than buttons” category didn’t even have any votes at all for most of the day. Sentiment, at least amoung our crowd, puts touchscreens somewhere around “I’ll begrudgingly use it.” Some admit it works for some games while others don’t want it at all. RetroRay seems to fall in the middle.

Time to ask the same question but this time about motion controls rather than touch. Motion seemed like a big thing when the Wii was selling gangbusters. But that dried up and neither Move nor Kinect really caught on last gen. Lets see where you all fell.

Surprisingly, motion controls seem to a little better received than touch. There still aren’t many who think they’re better than buttons but more people voted favorably. I expected the opposite, with how touch gaming has caught on but motion hasn’t. Maybe the new stuff with VR is on people’s minds.

I was struggling to come up with another control scheme to ask about. Voice control came to mind but it has been used so infrequently I decided to change the question a little.

Not a lot of fans of that, with 44 percent saying they don’t want it at all. Even those who didn’t answer that way couldn’t muster more than a shrug. Perhaps being so infrequent, these people aren’t sure what to think of it.

Without more control types to ask about I opened it up to the future. Should we be looking for more ways to control our games besides a traditional controller?

Mostly not fans of this, with a little over fifty saying traditional controls are fine. There only slightly edge out those who would be up for seeing more innovation in the controller space. Just don’t make them all one-off parts for George.

Finally, Friday’s poll asked how often people use non-standard controllers. This broader category includes things like fight sticks or racing wheels. Just any peripheral controller.

Wow, over half said they never use any peripherals. I’m not too surprised that very often wasn’t high as there aren’t that many games or genres that necessarily use peripherals. But I also wasn’t expecting fifty percent to say they never use them.

That’s all for this week, join us every morning on Twitter for a new poll!

Written by Andy Richardson

Andy Richardson

A longtime PlayStation fan who enjoys JRPGs and rhythm games when he’s not tweeting about his parrot.

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