The PlayStation Analog Joystick
(SCPH-1110) is Sony's first analog controller for the PlayStation
, and is the precursor to the PlayStation Dual Analog Controller
. It is often incorrectly referred to as the "Sony Flightstick" (not to be confused with the Flightstick
line of joysticks for PlayStation consoles by third-party peripheral manufacturer Hori).
Announced to the public in August 1995, the Analog Joystick was released to the public in Japan in early April 1996.
The Analog Joystick uses potentiometer technology previously introduced on consoles such as the Vectrex; instead of relying on binary eight-way switches, the controller can detect minute angular changes through the entire range of motion. The stick also features a thumb-operated digital hat switch
on the right joystick, corresponding to the traditional D-pad, and used for instances when simple digital movements were necessary.
A compatibility mode for the Analog Joystick was included in the Dual Analog Controller, Sony's first analog revision of its original gamepad design.
List of games with Analog Joystick support
The Analog Joystick can be connected to the PC via an USB adapter and also via a DirectPad Pro style parallel port interface which can be accessed under Windows using the DirectPad or other drivers. The Allegro library provides the same functionality for developers.