Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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An improvement on the old playstation controller- em not sure
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Member Name: Bullydc1
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Date: 19/10/11, updated on 19/10/11 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Ergonomically comfortable, robust, good functionality
Disadvantages: Uses AA batteries so quickly, weighty
Prior to owning my xbox 360, I had both the Playstation 1 and 2 and I had grown accustomed to the playstation controller. One of the main set backs for me was that it was hard to get used to the controller when I first got my xbox 360. First up, it is much heavier then the Playstation controller even when that has the heavier dual shock vibration "rumble pack" feature added.
The design of the controller is more ergonomical then the playstation, points of your hands wont hurt as much after a few hours gameplay. But again it all seems to add to the weight. So it has the standard four multicoloured dialoge fourway buttons that you`ll be used to seeing all the way back to the super Nintendo. In addition, you have four upper buttons on the top of the controller. These are RT, RB, LT and LB buttons, that being left and right top and left and right bottom. These extra buttons give you much needed adaptable gameplay and functionality buttons, these days it seems unless you have nearly a dozen buttons you simply dont have the options you need to play a modern game.
One of the biggest changes over the years in controller design was a move away from the standard four way direction key buttons that you see on the centre left of the controller. In the past consoles controllers had these as the only keypad you could use to actually move around, many a thumb has been bruised using this for hours at a time. Even as soon as 1998 the directional keypad was replaced with the more sensitive directional 'mushroom' buttons, two of them. Sony were the first to use these buttons. Now not only do you tend to use the left button to look in a different direction (if its a first person shooter) and the right mushroom to actually move in a direction, now some bright spark came up with actually being able to press the mushrrom buttons for extra functionality. You obviously get a select and start button and the famous X (xbox) button in the middle of the controller which you use to turn it off and on again, indicated by a repeating green light....its actually quite colourful.
The other thing you can do with the controller is that if you hold the X button down you can decide to turn off the console or the controller via infrared. You also get the standard vibration rumble pack effect.
The two problems with this controller are the weight, which you simply dont get with the dual shock playstation controller, is the fact that if you have an unwired version (infrared) then it goes through batteries (which fit into a AA battery pack thats designed to fit into the back of the controller) like the coalition go through cabinet ministers. Its the most annoying thing, I spend a fortune on them, and it doesnt even properly use them up , they stil have about 20% charge left in them which isnt enough to power the controller. If I had the choice I would put up with a wired version (as you got with the old xbox controller) or a rechargeble battery pack but this will set you back.
These controllers will set you back £25 new on Amazon and you can normally get them in black and white as well as more specially designed controllers like exclusives that you get with 'just released' games.
Summary: The controller costs enough, and you`ll spend 4 times that on batteries
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