Twitter user Genki rediscovered an interesting interview from the past that explains the true meaning behind the PlayStation symbols.
Even though the answer to this question has been lying on the surface for years now, many people still wonder about the true meaning behind the PlayStation controller's buttons and the mysterious symbols on them.
Are those supposed to represent numbers 1 to 4? Or are they related to pizza? Maybe they have no meaning at all? As great as all of these theories are, unfortunately, they're all incorrect, a fact that has recently been pointed out by a Twitter user known as Genki.
A couple of days ago, Genki rediscovered an interesting interview from the past that explains the true meaning behind the PlayStation symbols. In this interview, Sony Designer Teiyu Goto, who joined the company all the way back in 1977 and worked on its early consoles and controllers, told that he was the mastermind behind the triangle-circle-X-square combination, noting that the goal was to create "something simple to remember".
As stated by Goto, each symbol has been given 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," reads the interview. "People thought those colors were mixed up, and I had to reinforce to management that that's what I wanted."