There are different types of joystick or game controller we use today. Joystick is vey popular among people who are font of playing PC game. Before getting started let’s learn about joystick or game controller.
Joystick is an input device which works as a popular game controller. It looks like a box with a button with stick. Though it was actually used in aviation but now we can use joystick at home to control the games we play.
Here in this post I will discuss about different types of joystick or game controller which can help you to choose your own. There are several types of joystick but here in this article we will talk about five most popular types of joystick.
One more things you may have known that joystick is most popular by the name ‘game controller’ as we usually control our PC game by this input device. Let’s go to the types of joystick now.
Types of joystick
There are are many different types of joystick we use now a days. With the development of technology this input device is also takes different shape and functionality.
However, in this article I will discuss about main five types of joystick. The five most common types of joystick is given bellow with more details.
- Digital joystick
- Paddle joystick
- Analog joystick
- PC analog joystick
- Joy pad
Digital joystick is the most common types of joystick we use today. It has 4 buttons and a firing command. The 4 buttons are left, right, up and down.
This type of joystick is also called Atari-style joystick because they are first introduced with Atari 2600 games.
Paddle joystick has a knob and a firing button. The knob is used to control the game. It is the oldest type of joystick.
Paddle joystick use Potentiometer which works in analogue principle to understand the movement of game. The computer has to convert the signal into digital for using this information.
Analog joystick is also a popular type of joystick. It used both the technology of digital and paddle joystick.
Here, the potentiometer checks the movement of game where digital joystick technology is used to manage the game. So, we get both the facility in one joystick at analog joystick.
We can use analog joystick with Apple, Amiga or IBM computer although its connection with PC depends on the manufacturer’s choice.
PC analog joystick
PC analog joystick also a very common type of analog joystick. It was invented by IBM to use with their PC. We can connect it with compute via USB.
PC analog joystick has two buttons although some manufacturers add two connectors to their interface card. However, the joystick interface card is not more expensive and easier to use.
Joy pad is also another type of joystick. This type of joystick is very helpful and easy to use as they work on Bit. It has a directional pad to control the game. Joy pad has no stick to control the game as they have the directional pad for this purpose.
I hope that you have got a clear idea about the given 5 types of joystick now. I have tried my best to make it very easy to the readers.
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