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Contrary to what many people thought about the original Xbox controller.. I did in fact enjoy it. Though it does have some big flaws, for me personally it was a great controller. It had the perfect amount of buttons, all in the right spots. Whenever I would play shooters or Madden, it would just feel so natural that I very rarely would have to look at the controls in the manual. It also has a very comfortable fit in the hand. Though keep in mind that I have pretty big hands, so I can definitely see that people with smaller hands would feel that the controller is "giant".
However, I think the Xbox controller gets such a high rating from me because it was the first one I ever got attached to. I think it was much better than the Gamecube controller (which was essentially the same design.. but smaller) and I could never get used to the whole dual-stick layout of the PS2. And when you spend hour after hour fragging people on Halo.. how can you not love the controller that helped you do it? Personally I feel that although people will ever complain about it being vastly oversized, nearly everyone would just suck it up and deal with it if it meant playing the Xbox, one of the greatest consoles of all time.
When the first Xbox was released this was the gaming controller that came with it. As you can tell if you were used to playing on the playstation the xbox controller would of been extremelly difficult to get used to. It was totally different to the playstation but then again it had to be for anyone to take interest in it.
With this coming with the console I didn't pay a set price for it. They were selling for around £30 each when they were first released though. That is the price you expect to me for controllers these days but this particular one if you still have the original xbox should be a few quid I think.
Description and Usability
By just looking at it you can tell that it looks extremelly awkward. When you first play with it for the first time this is exactly what it is. I have a big set of hands and I still found it annoying to play with because it is just different to what I was used to. If you forget the sheer size of the controller all of the buttons and logo are presented in a very nice colourful way which is pleasing on the eyes. After using it a fair few times it will start to grow on you a bit. It did split the market because it just doesn't make sense to have both console. With the awkwardness of the controller aswell it will be hard to change between the two.
Even though you have to get over the inital difficulty of using this controller you will learn to be able to use it quite easily. Xbox wanted to change the market and I think by releasing this they wanted to bring out something totally different to playstation. Not the nicest of controllers but it was a nice change once you got used to it.
This controller was the original one for the Microsoft Xbox games console.
The first thing you will notice is the sheer size of this unit, it is absolutely massive and that is its biggest problem.
To comfortably hold this thing you will need to have very large hands. If you do not it will leave you with a sore hands as you cannot properly reach all the buttons, this was my main problem.
The black and white buttons are in a very inaccessible place unless your thumbs are twice the regular size!
The controller is also not very pleasant to look at, the faces dominated by an obnoxious larger Microsoft logo, surely there was no need for this they could have just taken at off or reduce its size and made the controller far more easy to hold.
Unless you have dustbin lid sized hands you will not get along with this controller. You can get it used for around £10.00 if you really must try it out for yourself.