The RetroCON is your basic PlayStation controller — you have your two analog sticks, your directional pad, start and select, L1 through R4, and your four action buttons (triangle, circle, square and X). But there are two differences. One, it glows blue. Really blue. Like, really, really, bright blue. It is absolutely awesome. Two, it is fashioned after an old-school NES-style controller in the way it is laid out, etc. The aesthetics on this controller just plain rock.
Why does that allow you to own the competition? In itself it doesn’t. Well, it doesn’t aside from the blue-ness blinding them. But it’s also a very comfortable controller. The force-feedback built into it works very well in itself; it’s not so strong that you drop it, but not so weak you aren’t sure if you were hit or not. The controller also has rubber grips around the side of it so when your hands get all sweaty from trying destroy the girls in Duke Nukem, you won’t be struggling to grip your controller.
Downsides to this controller? Occasionally you’ll find it sucks too much power from your PSX, and if you have a multi-tap or wireless controller, or even one or two extra RetroCONs, you may find your RetroCONs dimming, or the multi-tap/wireless controller receiver being weakened or not working properly.
On the plus side, if you’re not a PSX fan, these will also work in the PS2, and there are N64/GC/DC/PC versions out there somewhere.