Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
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Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Date: 30/10/10, updated on 09/11/10 (37 review reads)
Advantages: Fine positioning of buttons.
Disadvantages: Plastic not the best quality.
The console controller for all past and present gaming developments has
been key to both the usability and appearance of each system. The Xbox
360 controller is arguably the most usable, nicest looking controller around
today as it combines excellently positioned buttons and mini joysticks with a
stylish, pure white exterior. However, how does this model compare to the
previous Xbox's controller design, and how does it fair against new
consoles, like the equally popular Sony Play Station 3 system.
Well, unlike the PS3, in comparison with its previous model, the Xbox
controller has been completely revitalised. The PS3 simply added two
triggers at the back instead of buttons (R2 and L2) and included a new
button for turning the console on and off in the centre. The Xbox 360
controller, since the original Xbox, has had a completely new shape and
new positioning of triggers, buttons and joysticks. It does mimic the old
controller on some wave-lengths, but the 360 device is much smaller,
more compact and perhaps vitally, easier to use.
The joystick sensitivity is at the perfect level. By sensitivity, I don't mean
how quickly moving the stick operates the game on screen, I mean how
weighty and controllable both sticks are physically. Their rubber coating
and indented top allow for ease in grip, and a unique spring-back system
and light level of manoeuvrability allows for accurate game-play on screen.
The controller's main buttons are very similar to the old Xbox models.
They are materialised in hard transparent plastic (probably HIP), with a coloured
underside inscribed with each individual buttons lettering - A, B, X, Y. The
buttons are easy to press, are evenly separated to minimise double-pressing,
and have a very low wearing capacity which allows for longer life.
The 'D-pad' or cross-pad is a feature included in most consoles dating back
to the end of the 20th century. They are a necessary part to the controllers
of today, despite having similar functionality to the joystick. Basically, D-pads,
instead of being used to move a character/car/plane/etc, are being used as
'option pads' for such tasks as changing equipped weapons and swapping
tactics during a football match. This is simply because of the joysticks greater
accuracy, but it didn't stop Microsoft developing the D-pad to a fine state.
The controller's on/off button which also acts as a 'home' button, linking
players to the consoles interface or window which opens in the centre of the
screen has also been designed well. Its made of a similar if not identical
material to the main buttons and when held down can bring up an option to
turn off the console altogether. Similarly, clicking it once when the console is off
(whether using a wired or wireless pad)will turn the machine on.
The general durability and wear of the product over time (having owned a
single controller for over 3-years) is very good. The only issue I've had with
my wired controller is that the rubber coating on one of the joysticks has
started to rupture and erode - believe me it's had a lot of use!
The controller's wire, which splits into two sections to stop you pulling the
whole console off its desk if yanked, is also very durable and well made.
Altogether, this is a product which will remain in public use for a long time
to come. I can't wait to see how Microsoft and other developers manage
to improve new designs as time goes by. We really are at the beginning of a
very long, very expensive era in the gaming and computing industry which
is sure to bring new and exciting hardware and software concepts to the
Summary: A controller many millions have used and enjoyed.
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