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This is a review on the official controller for the XBOX console. I know some of you may think what the hell am I doing?, well I thought I would give something a bit different for a try, so hopefully this review will be useful to you, and please bare with me.
When I saw this controller (when I got my XBOX console), I thought that it looked a lot like the Dreamcast controller (which I previously owned), and has similar buttons to it, so maybe Microsoft based it on that. The XBOX controller allows you to play the games for the console, and will bring you fun. You may think at start that this controller looks rather big, and may take some time getting use to, well that is true, but size does not matter, as long as you can access the buttons quick and easy (not recommended for small hands).
As on the XBOX console you have the choice to have four controllers at one (four slots on the console), so you will probably end up getting more then one of these. There are two versions of the official XBOX controller, the black version (the basic one that is all in black and the first that was released) and the Crystal version (the one that I own, which is also limited edition). The crystal version is see-through so you can see all the insides of the controller and actually looks better then the black version also, but is probably dearer.
The controller is very durable, I have had my controllers for nearly two years, and not even start to break or show any sign of not working, which is very good, also lasts long, and quite rock solid, but dont start throwing it around, as then you will break it. The controller has one extra feature, like it has two slots on top of the controller for memory cards or expansion packs, or whatever they are deciding to do with it.
Buttons & Rumble Feature
The XBOX controller has many buttons. It has two analogue sticks, which will give you access to move your character around, and view the surrounding area, you have four main buttons, which is A, X, Y and Z (you will be using them buttons a lot), you also have the D-Pad, which is the classic controller pad, and you have the white button, and black button, also a start button, and back button. You also get two back buttons, the left back button and the right, these are normally used for shooting games, like Halo, and XIII to fire your gun or use second function.
All of those buttons are uniquely special for each game; accept the start button, which is always for pausing the game. The buttons are not too far separated, so they are easy accessible, even though as the controller is big, you may think it will be uncomfortable, but the smoothness of the controller makes you feel comforted and ready to play for hours on end. When you push the buttons on your XBOX controller, it works straight away, it responses very fast like most Controllers do, with no problems or buttons getting stuck. Very responsive.
The XBOX controllers do have rumble features on them if up to now you have been wandering. The games you play will have an option for you to turn the rumble feature on or off, if you have a problem with rumble or if the controller does not like to rumble. If you have Crystal XBOX controllers, then you will be able to see the rumble mechanisms at the ends of the controller, which you will see spin when playing a game where the rumble is needed.
Design & Packaging
The design of the controller allows anyone to use this controller, unless you have small hands, then you have no chance. The official XBOX controller is very similar to Sega creations, and it is possible that Sega have had their part in the design with Microsoft. There is a new XBOX controller out, but it is no way near as good as the official original controller, and it is much dearer, so not really worth bothering.
When you buy and XBOX controller from your local game store or an internet store, it will come in a biggish box, with giving you detail about the controller and how to use it, for those whom are dumb, I recommend you read the instructions on how to discover the full potential of your official XBOX controller. The controllers lead, as it is detachable, will be folded in a bag while on the controller, but you can detach it from the end of the lead with the socket that allows you to plug your controller into your XBOX console. If you have any problems with your XBOX controller, you will have phone numbers on the instruction manual that you obtain inside of the XBOX box, but I am sure you will have no problem.
My Point Of View & Product Value
I first got my XBOX console on my 14th birthday, and had two controllers come with it, as I have a Crystal XBOX (limited edition) I would have two Crystal controllers. It was a while later before I ended up getting myself two more XBOX controllers, mainly so I could play four players Halo, which is a lot of fun.
I managed to buy my XBOX controllers for £14.99 each, but now they have bumped the price up to £24.99 from the shop I got them from, but they are £17.99 at play.com if you do decide to get more controllers, there is a good reason to get more controllers, if you have a group of friends round, and money, and XBOX console, also a decent four player game, then it is wise to have a set of four controllers on you.
If searching for Crystal controllers, as you may have a Crystal XBOX, then you will probably not have much luck, as they are probably either Sold out, or temporarily out of stock, like Game and Play.com are, but there are plenty of other places to get an XBOX controller.
The things I like about the official XBOX controller is mainly the look, not too keen on how big it is, but the buttons are in good places, it has a big sign in the middle of the XBOX controller saying XBOX, just encase you forget which console the controller belongs to. Also the colours of the buttons, that are very similar to the controllers Sega made, brings some spark into it. I shall give the official XBOX controller 4 star * * * *, as they could have been better, like been smaller, and more colours, but I would not be able to play my XBOX without them, so they are needed. I recommend this controller to everyone that has an XBOX console and needs a controller or needs more.
THIS CONTROLLER IS
THIS CONTROLLER IS NOT
For Any Other Console Then XBOX
Have Only One Colour
Thanks For Reading
The XBOX standard controller is surprisingly a decent controller! Despite it?s size, which is only describable as ?Overweight? compared to other console controllers the XBOX controller is a well designed piece of equipment. It?s big because someone?s realized it?s not how big the thing is it?s how easy it is to get to the buttons and how comfortable it feels. And lets face it this is the most comfortable controller ever. It?s bulky but it?s shape just fits into your palms. The Trigger?s are perfectly placed for your Middle finger rather than your index finger. You will find it easier to use this controller if you leave your index finger at the top of the controller! These triggers happen to be pressure sensitive so if you?re racing in a car don?t go easy on the Trigger! Unless you want the Milk Van to win? The Two Joystick?s are again placed with accuracy you would think the controller was made for you only. I know I get that feeling. They are also both dual function Joysticks, so in other words both of them click in if u push them down, another button for more fun! They have also included a D-Pad, which is always handy for those who cant use a Joystick on some games. But beware its not always an alternate. Can be used as a menu system or as extra options. The pressure sensitive Y,X,B,A buttons are nice to look at and nice to smash down if you want that extra bit of kick. The nice looking colors and letters are a nice addition to the controller. Apart from the standard set of Buttons and Sticks that the PS2 has set there are two more extra Black and White pebble looking buttons. Very handy for the little things. Changing rate of fire, torches, maps and so on. The length of this controller wire is unreal I?ve never seen a controller cable so long before. I promise wont find your self tugging on the controller until your console falls off the shelf! I know it?s happened plenty of times to me! The designers have a
lso added a strange little feature on to the controller cable. Towards the end of the cable there is an adaptor type thing. Which finally plugs your controller into the XBOX. I really can?t see the reason for this. It?s slightly annoying. I keep forgetting to take that bit round to my mates when I take my controller. Then I can?t use it! You wont believe me when I say this but? IT VIBRATES! Dirty thoughts, and cheap thrills aside this is a great feature I?m glad they included in the controllers design. It wouldn?t be an XBOX without going into shock every time you smash into something or accidentally blow yourself up. I know I?m rambling two more things ok? The memory card ports. Two of them! Pointless... Really... Honestly? What were they thinking? A built in hard drive quite capable of saving enough game memory for over a dozen games easily and they put memory card ports in there. I dunno. Handy though I guess! They have also released the S-Type controller. This was in-fact the original design for the XBOX standard controller. So if you are looking through your game manual thinking that?s not what my controller looks like well that?s why! The buttons do the same things though. Jus different places. Get me? Good Good. But in the end? I have to say it I love this controller! People think its ugly but I disagree. It?s black bulky style with the XBOX logo dead center makes it a fancy looking thing. So I?m impressed. My compliments to the Chef!
The xbox controller can definatly be seen as very bulky when you first see it, and I guess that is true when you compare it to the controller of any other console, but when you use it, you can see why it is that size. In society today, any technology that cant fit into the palm of your hand, aint worth having! But this is not the case, because the size of the controller, it is more ergonomic to use. With 13 triggers, buttons and thumbsticks, it can sometimes get a bit annoying at the start of a new game, as there are so many new functions to remember. But you get used to it! The actual look of it is quite cool. There's a bubble in the centre with the Microsft Xbox logo. And as its all black, the colourful buttons, make it all stand out. An advantage of this controller compard to others, is the length of the lead. It really is long. This means that you can play it anywhere in the room, without having to be too close to the TV. There is a disadvantage to this though, as the lead can get tangled very easily. I dont really understand why only one controller comes with the xbox package. Well, I guess I do, its Bill Gates trying to get as much money as possible by making them buy another controller to play 2+ player games. Never mind! With 4 slots for controllers on the xbox, you can have great competitions with your mates.. but at a big cost if you see the price of them. There are two expansion slots in the back of the controller. These are for the memory units to be inserted, where you can transfer data (a saved game? a character?) from one xbox to another. Of course, the memory units also have to purchased separatly. As we were talking about ergonomics earlier, I forgot to mention about the weight of it. It can be said the controller is a little heavier than it needs to be, but you dont realise it after a while. The vibration function is really effective on the xbox. With the Playstation (1 and
2), it just kinda moves a little, but with the xbox (or it could be my imagaination), if you get shot in a game, or crashed into on a driving game, you can feel it on the appropiate saide. Cool! Microsoft have realised that the size of the controller is a little extrme, and so have bought out an even more ergonomic design. Its called the S-type, and it has a slightly different shape, and a different layout of buttons. My younger sister does sometimes have to lift her hand over the control, mid-game, to get to a certina button, but my hands are alot bigger, so no problem there. Well, there's the xbox controller for ya!
Were to start? The Xbox controller is great! It is so comfortable! The controller have a lot of criticism because of it?s size, who cares what the size as long as it?s comfortable. Lets look at the some of the features of the controller: 1. The triggers ? there are great for shooting games like halo and splinter cell. Have you played Metal Of Honor:Frontline on and PS2? Well if you have it?s much easier to shoot on Xbox than PS2 because of the triggers. 2. Joy Sticks ? the joy sticks give precision movements in driving games like Project Gotham Racing and saga 2002. 3. The cable ? the cable is about 1.5x longer than PS2, no cable extenders needed (xbox - 9.5 feet, PS2 ? about 6 feet) great for if you what to sit a way away from the TV. Well my conclusion on the Xbox controller is, yes it is big and people with small hand may not be able to use it but the xbox controller is so comfortable! Huckleberry
A few months after the XBox was released people complained to Microsoft that the size of the controllers were too big, these comments came mainly from the Japanese and European market. Instead of ignoring the paying public Microsoft did something about it. The Xbox Controller S is considerably smaller to it's older, bigger cousin while maintaining the same functionality, including the expansion slots. Every feature from the standard controller is in the S controller. There are a few obvious differences. The White and Black buttons have been moved below the A, B, X, Y buttons.This will take a little longer to get used to. The 'Start' and 'Back' buttons have been moved to the far left of the controller, just below the left tumbstick. The ABXY buttons have now been placed in a diamond formation...similar to that of the PS2's  X /\ o buttons. The cord is the same length (9.8 feet) and retains the quick release points. The two internal rumble motors remain. The contollers is nicely weighted and balanced for me but compared to the PS2 and GameCube pads it is a little on the heavy side, I believe however this is down to the internal vibration motors. Microsoft have put a lot of thought and took into account the user's feedback of the original and have created a perfect controller which is sutible for pretty much anyone, Children and people with small hands would find this controller more comfortable I'd imagine. The original controller is perfect confortable for me, but feels un-natural, I have one of each controller and prefer the S model, compared to its peers (The Playstation 2 and GameCube) I find it sits more naturally and is a similar to both. The Bigger controller feels uncomfortable after using the other 2. The button layout is preferable to the larger pads too, the main control buttons are more easily to find, the trigger buttons on each side have been revised to give a lighter feel. If there was on
e complaint it'd be the location of the Start and Back button, tucked under the left thumbstick, I think the Xbox logo on the pad could've been sacrificed to enable a better location or them. I would advise anyone buying an XBox to buy one of these controllers alongside the packaged one, it gives you another option when you playing, plus everyone should have at least 2 pads :)
The Xbox Controller At first glance Its looks huge and I supose for the first play it seemed huge, but after I got the actaul Xbox itself I found that the controller was really very good. It is so comfortable to use as I found out, and I also noticed the PS2 controller does tend to get uncomfortable after a while of playing. There are so many buttons on the controller including 2 analog sticks and a pad, but what really adds the flavour are the 2 triggers on the back of it making you feel like your piloting a F-18 or something. Not only does the controller feel great I actaully think it looks great now and has that new computer japan feel, which some may call tacky but I don't. I think the controller completely suits the Xbox and with the high tech look of the computer and the control pad its sure to make your mates faces drop and there time go by alot quicker. I really can't think of a way that the controller could be changed to make it better, only the fussy would change that controller. Maybe add a guchi label to it and apulster it with puple lace drape or maybe, not. Thank you
Most new consoles end up getting a new controller and Microsoft’s Xbox is no exception. Sony recently decided to avoid a major cosmetic overhaul and opted to keep the Dual Shock design whilst adding some clever modifications under the cover. PC gamers will already be perfectly aware that Microsoft have produced some absolutely magnificent peripherals. My personal favourites are the Force Feedback Wheel and the USB Silver Sidewinder controller. Based on this, I was actually very optimistic about their ability to knock out a well-built and cleverly designed controller. The pictures began to arrive and we were presented with this rather chunky and awkward looking beast and I have to admit that I couldn’t see it as a sensible design. But how looks can be deceptive. Now I’m not a typical 10 year old gamer with tiny little hands so perhaps I’m in the minority but the Xbox controller in my opinion is nothing short of bloody marvellous. Yes, it’s huge, bigger than some household pets in fact but I’ve not had a controller in my hand that feels so totally comfortable. Remember the Dreamcast controller? I sang it’s praises too and the Xbox controller is in many ways a bigger and better version of that. You’ll find a few more buttons, a longer cable and it’s black but the key features such as shape and trigger buttons are present. Build: This is probably the weakest point of the controller but remember that is not actually a criticism. By that I mean that the controller is solid, all buttons feel responsive, the D-pad works well, trigger buttons are excellent and the two analogue sticks feel great and perform well. If you’re concerned about some of the comments regarding to the analogue sticks being too tall – I have found no problems with this but again this may depend on hand size. I would still say that the PS2’s Dual Shock controller
feels more robust but the Xbox controller performs better and feels much more comfortable. Features: Where do you start?! Despite the inclusion of a Hard Drive, the Xbox controller does have two slots, which can be used to insert a memory card. Again, very similar to the Dreamcast controller – featuring two slots, one for a memory card and another for future peripherals including the headset add-on. Additionally you’re presented with a seriously long cable. Almost every console ever has come with around six feet of cable but the Xbox controller has a whopping 9.5 feet! Now if that doesn’t really mean anything then think about it as roughly 1.5 times as long as a PS2 controller and you’ll be about right. No need for any cable extenders then. Additionally the long lead has a safety connector which detaches if tugged. So if you accidentally trip over the lead you won't send your beloved £300 console crashing to the floor. Two trigger buttons, six pad buttons, one D-pad, two analogue sticks and Start & Back buttons. Enough to allow a range of actions to be performed without going over the top with a cluttered pad. The main buttons, sticks and triggers are all analogue and it's a joy to play games such as Project Gotham with this pad. The main reason I loved the DC controller was due to the analogue triggers - perfect for precision movements in driving games. The Verdict: A masterpiece – as innovative as the Dreamcast controller (although some ideas appear to have been ‘borrowed’), as effective as the Dual Shock 2 controller and as big and ugly as the N64 controller. I think that Microsoft have created an excellent peripheral that has received some very unnecessary criticism – don’t knock it until you’ve used it. MR.COATES