Which portable console has the best d-pad [poll]

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by fikatr, Aug 31, 2018.

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  1. 3DS

    9 vote(s)
    13.2%
  2. Vita

    16 vote(s)
    23.5%
  3. DSi

    4 vote(s)
    5.9%
  4. DS Lite

    6 vote(s)
    8.8%
  5. DS Phat

    9 vote(s)
    13.2%
  6. PSP

    7 vote(s)
    10.3%
  7. Switch (please don't)

    3 vote(s)
    4.4%
  8. GBA

    5 vote(s)
    7.4%
  9. GBA SP

    9 vote(s)
    13.2%
  10. GB micro

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. fikatr
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    fikatr GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    In my opinion it's ds phat because it's so big and feels 乇 乂 丅 尺 卂 tight
     
  2. Sakitoshi

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    you should just delete the switch option is just taking the space of the gba (but you'll need 2 extra spaces for the sp and micro), that's not a d-pad but simple buttons.

    the psp d-pad has the right size but has rubber contacts while I prefer tactile switches, luckily the pspgo features those, so it feel right, the only hindrance is that is sunken.
    dsi has a very responsive d-pad because has tactile switches a fair size and is not sunken, but the vita is something else having good response, the perfect shape and size and plenty of space around to maneuver.
     
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    The Vita's D-pad is probably my favorite out of them all, I think my only complaint I could have is that it's just slightly smaller than I'd like. But otherwise, probably the best for me, nice tactile buttons and has that satisfying click noise.

    The DSi's is a close second though.
     
  4. Catastrophic

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    DS Phat hands down. It's tactile, durable and comfortable.
     
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  6. shaunj66

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    Bingo! Incredible d-pad. Clicky with no mushiness, short travel and so precise for diagonals.
     
  7. Taleweaver

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    I'm pleasantly surprised to see that the vita is leading. It's also my choice, and the one D-pad I wish was on GPD's products. Nintendo has good D-pads, but the PSP and vita (which I consider sort of the same) have the best ones. :)
     
  8. JellyPerson

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    DSi XL's dpad is underrated.
     
  9. Stephano

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    It’s a tie for me between the vita and DS phat
     
  10. Trash_Bandatcoot

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    Why is nobody voting for the SP?
    That's just the fucking best D-Pad ever. It doesn't require much preassure and it works and reacts perfectly.
     
  11. shaunj66

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    It's a smaller version of the DS Phat d-pad.
     
  12. Trash_Bandatcoot

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    I never touched a Vita but from that D-Pad it doesn't look like the best feel in the world.
     
  13. zacchi4k

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    Am I the only one who hates the DSi D-Pad? Diagonal movement is impossible...
     
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  14. Hanafuda

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    GBA-SP for me, with DSPhat a close #2. I like the short-throw, clicky d-pads, and I prefer the slightly smaller size of the GBASP's over the DS Phat.

    My regular-sized "New 3DS" has a great d-pad for a 'tall' type pad. Very reliable in DKCR.
     
  15. rustinrj

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    Vita's d-pad gets my vote. Very responsive and reliable.
     
  16. Arecaidian Fox

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    PSP for me, no question. Specifically the 3000. It lacks some of the "clicky" feedback most people like, but the raised buttons and concave inset provide a level of comfort that more than makes up for it. DS Phat in a close second.
     
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    I must say that i absolutely loved the D-pad on the original GBA, it was always on the perfect position in my hands with my finger always at the D-pad. The SP is a bit to slim for me to really like the D-pad positioning.
     
  18. DarthDub

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    Very comfy indeed. I also have a model 3000 PSP and it feels great!
     
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    GBA SP for me, but maybe it's just nostalgia
     
  20. Song of storms

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    The Nintendo DSi! A big improvement over the DS Lite. I dislike the thing they did with the Switch. As I mentioned in another thread, I get why they did it: so you could use one joy con as one controller. But my hands are bigger than a 5 years old and to be honest if they made a left joycon with am actual d-pad I would buy it in a heartbeat. I really miss it.
     
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