New One Handed Controller - Your Thoughts Appreciated

Image of a prototype one-handed video game controller. (c) LEPMIS and Geoff Harbach.There is quite a shortage of one-handed controllers available today for non-Wii games consoles. You may be one of many people who tried and failed to get hold of the elusive "DragonPlus RPG DuoCon2" controller. OneSwitch and Broadened Horizons can supply people with some one handed controllers, but these still don't suit all.

Help may be at hand. Geoff Harbach of LEPMIS is working on a new design of one-handed controller that will come in left and right handed style (see prototype photo above).

To help him design the best controller he cans - he needs to hear from the people that count. Those that would potentially use one...

Do you think the idea of the two joysticks, top and bottom is a good idea? You would control one with your thumb, and one on your leg / gripping surface (see the black and white image above).

Would you want "ALL" of the buttons of a conventional JoyPad controller?

If it is not possible to fit all the buttons into the hand-held controller - what switches or functions do you feel would be the most important to have easy access to?

Would you actually just prefer the "DragonPlus DuoCon2 RPG" style over the grip-stick prototype?

Please contact Geoff with any thoughts you have here: Geoff@LEPMIS.co.uk. It would be greatly appreciated.

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6 Responses to 'New One Handed Controller - Your Thoughts Appreciated'

  1. # Blogger N

    Great Design! Really like the ergo look to it. Would like to see the right and left triggers on this though.  

  2. # Blogger for a freind

    make it on a base of some kind.triggers @ least on the joystick lb then rb on top finger. think modern warfare aim and shoot. top finger pulls trigger.finger below aims. for starters anyway.  

  3. # Blogger for a freind

    put it on a base my friend needs a left hand design. I've been thinking of a very similar design like yours.  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I only have my right arm. The hardest thing about one-handed controllers for me is controlling both the analog button and directional button with two fingers (or a thumb) on the same hand. I suggest having a joystick act as the directional button and have the analog button at the top of the joystick controlled by the thumb. Then have a bunch of programmable buttons along the grip for your fingers to use.  

  5. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I only have my right arm. The hardest thing about one-handed controllers for me is controlling both the analog button and directional button with two fingers (or a thumb) on the same hand. I suggest having a joystick act as the directional button and have the analog button at the top of the joystick controlled by the thumb. Then have a bunch of programmable buttons along the grip for your fingers to use.  

  6. # Anonymous Geoff Harbach

    The ORTHROS one handed controller is now in production. The shoulder buttons are located on the back spine of the handle and can be accessed by either left or right handers.

    gharbach.magix.net/website/orthros.18.html#Orthros  

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