Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
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im not a big xbox fan - can you tell?
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Member Name: stacey10304
Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
Disadvantages: chunky, poor d-pad design, heavy, expensive
Im not a massive fan of the XBOX 360, being a PS3 fangirl myself. Never the less we have one in our household for those few XBOX exclusives that arent released for the PS3.
XBOX's are quite renowned for being unreliable and can often go faulty - this isnt the case for the controllers however. Somehow they have managed to build a controller that can stand the test of time, I dont think I have ever had one go faulty on me.
The controller itself is quite chunky, which I find quite difficult to use - probably because I am so used to using my PS3 controller which is a lot smaller and slimmer. I also find the controllers to feel quite heavy in my hands, especially with batteries in the back of it aswell. This is another negative aspect that needs mentioning, the controllers are not rechargable and need batteries to work, and they drain the power from the batteries very quickly so it costs quite alot to keep it powered. This is unless you invest in a play and charge kit, which allows you to plug your pad into your xbox and charge it as you need to, it is worth mentioning however that the standard price for this is is around £17.99 - which is a hell of a lot of money for a rechargable battery. The shape of the controllers also means that it gets quite dirty really easily as thhey are lots of gaps and nooks where dirt and dust can get stuck, and they can be quite difficult to clean with the aid of a toothpick or something similar (my hands are very clean i feel I should mention, but yet my xbox pad always manages to get dirty somehow).
The buttons on the xbox are resonably responsive apart from the d-pad. The d-pad is possibly one of the worst designed I have ever tried to use, its in accurate and incredibly hard to actually get it moving in the right direction - this is particularly noticable when your trying to use the onscreen keyboard.
The controllers retail for around £35-£40 (it is also worth noting that you can buy a limited edition silver controller with a play ad charge kit included for £44.99 from certain stores). They now also come in a range of colours, off white, silver, black, pink, green, yellow (the last three very rare), you can also get limited edition Halo and Modern Warfare pads, the latest to be released are the chrome series, which come in red, silver and blue. There is also a new white (actually white not that dingy off white colour like the older ones) that come with free england flag decals.
Overall, I am not a fan of these controllers. I find them too big and chunky and too expensive to maintain, but if you wanna play on the xbox then these are the best things for it. I realise that I have criticised microsoft alot here, but this is just how I feel about them after being an avid player of the Playstation for most of my life.
Summary: big, chunky and expensive
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