by Christian Witka
No matter which is your side in the everlasting console warfare, you are familiar with them: The
X, the Circle, the Triangle and the Square. These iconic shapes are featured in all of the
PlayStation controllers so far, but... What do they mean?
Teiyu Goto, the man responsible for designing all the three PlayStation consoles and their
controllers, decided to spill the beans on an interview with Famitsu (Whole deal in 1UP). He
claimed it was "pretty tough" to come up with them, and here's how it went:
"Other game companies at the time assigned alphabet letters or colors to the
buttons. We wanted something simple to remember, which is why we went with
icons or symbols, and I came up with the triangle-circle-X-square combination
"I gave each symbol a meaning and a color. The triangle refers to viewpoint; I had it
represent one's head or direction and made it green. Square refers to a piece of
paper; I had it represent menus or documents and made it pink. The circle and X
represent 'yes' or 'no' decision-making and I made them red and blue respectively."
He also says: "Getting to use such simple symbols in a design is an extremely rare opportunity,
and it was really a stroke of luck to me."
And now these "simple symbols" will be forever engraved in gaming history. Congratulations,
Teiyu Goto, for your successful design.
Sometimes I go looking for articles late at night and find cool ones like this. I know we're a bunch of Wiibles around here, but I think just about anyone can appreciate this little piece of gaming evolution.