A Brief History Of Virtual On Twin Stick Controllers

By Spencer . August 4, 2009 . 9:16am

After listening to consumer feedback Hori redesigned their premium priced Virtual On Twin Stick controller for the Xbox 360. Before we get to the new design let’s take a look at some old Sega models.



Sega Saturn



Sega Dreamcast



Xbox 360, original version



Xbox 360, revised and currently final version.


Notice how the controller got ridiculously large? If you’re spending 30,000 yen ($315) you want something sturdy, but Hori could have designed a simpler controller for much less.

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  • Parable

    Playing Vitual On without the giant arcade machine just sounds sad to me. I’ve been a big console gamer my whole life ever since I got a Sega Master System but I have fond memories of Virtual On at the arcade. And honestly, with how easily pissed people get at games and the furor with which some people play games, wouldn’t a heavier and/or bulkier Dual Stick Controller be more likely to increase handling and improve gameplay? This is one of the few times that I don’t believe smaller/thinner is better. Of course this is my personal opinion and I know it may not hold true for most people.

    • Badfish

      Agreed. I believe you should have a sturdy controller. I too remember playing this at the arcade and dreamcast.

  • TurkeyPotPie

    The odd thing is how the distance between the sticks seems to vary between the two Hori prototypes (and compared to the older Saturn and DC sticks). I would assume they would try to match the arcade cabinet’s stick placement?

    Anyway, I never saw a Virtual On arcade cab, and I could never get into the Saturn or DC ports. I bought the DC Twin Sticks thinking that maybe they would help me “get” the game, but I never found the DC game all that fun (it didn’t help that none of my friends were interested in playing the title). However, as the posters above have noted, a heavier base is a definite plus especially given how you move the sticks for this game. I doubt a smaller stick would have resulted in much of a price reduction; the high price is probably due more to the limited numbers and Hori knows they can charge a high price to people who are fanatical about this game.

  • Name

    Lol, I actually have the saturn controller. Most durable controller I have

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