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Xbox 360/Games For Windows Controller
This is basically an xbox 360 controller, no difference at all. I'm not going to focus on that, if you want that console experience on your gaming pc this is the answer.
People playing shooting games on PC generally prefer the keyboard and mouse, but for things like driving games (dirt3 for example) the keyboard is not your best ally.
I found that playing modern warfare 2 on pc had me at a distinct disadvantage using the controller. Keyboard users are faster and the mouse is a lot more sensitive.
But ultimately it comes down to taste. As a seasoned ps3 player I struggled to get to grips with mouse aiming. Whereas the xbox controller was almost immediately a perfect solution.
If you are familiar with the layout, expect nothing new. There's a quick release connector near the USB connector so if you yank it it won't pull your computer along with you, which is a nice touch.
Another plus is of course that you have an xbox controller to take to your friend's place for that all night forza session.
Overall of it's a casual item I'd consider going second hand, used xbox controllers are now around £10. A toothbrush and some all purpose cleaner will get rid of any gak from previous owners and get it looking brand new :)
Whatever you do don't just hunt for a Games For Windows device. If you see a normal 360 controller cheap it is the identical product. DO NOT OVERPAY.
There's a substantial cable (9ft if I recall!) so it isn't worth going wireless and paying the extra for a receiver as well, then cost in batteries which the wireless ones munch.
Overall this is great. On certain games it is plug and play. (dirt3, left4dead, portal 2 and many more)
I purchased this controller in order to play my computer games in a more traditional games console styled fashion. After looking around I decided to go with Microsoft's own gaming controller as I have used it many a time before and have always found it reliable.
The controller itself feels very sturdy and well built, which is something I like about the product. The weight on it is fairly light considering the components within the controller itself. When using the controller, the face buttons feel well spaced and whilst the analogue sticks feel well positioned and easy to rotate and at the same time being firm in a sense. The triggers on the controller feel natural and well shaped when the controller is used on a driving game or action / adventure shooting game for example. The vibration within the controller feels very sufficient in providing force feedback to the player and there are a vast amount of games that support the feature.
A recommendation I would make to use the controller on more older games that do not support a game controller is to download 2 applications; xPadder and Pinacle Game Profiler. Both of these applications supports the xbox 360 controller for windows and allows you to assign the keyboard keys and mouse to the controller buttons. Pinacle Game Profiler is better in a sense because there is a large community that provide files that can be downloaded and imported into the application, this then automatically maps the button layout to the controller so the user doesn't have to.
I would recommend this controller to anyone wanting to play pc games with a game controller as it is supported by a multitude of games and can have it's features expanded as well.
I was mainly a console gamer through my childhood and most of my adulthood. Having sold my PS2 and moving over to a PSP to avoid TV wars, the PC seemed like a perfect platform for gaming that was not limited by the processor of handheld gaming.
However, many people moving from console to PC find teh use of a keyboard/mouse very limiting/daunting and so, like them, I went out and bought some more console friendly gamaing apparatus; this controller being one of them. I decided on the cabled version as i wasn't likely to be miles away from my PC and to save on batteries.
The controller itself comes with a long cable that connects via USB. Setup is easy with a disc provided - can't remember if it works with Win 7 or know if you really actually need the disc, but hey, its easy enough to set up.
It is sturdy and comfortable, with XBox fans recognising teh moulded shape, shoulder trigger buttons and left analog stick where the old d-pads used to sit - a nice feature. Those not used to Xbox will take a little getting used to, but on a very easy learnign curve.
In most games, teh controller is recgnised and OSD instructions change to reflect the controller buttons rather than the keyboard, a feature which makes gaming a lot easier (when compared to non-proprietary brands that do not have this feature like some Joytech products I will have reviewed).
This is a very nicely designed controller. It sits very nice in your hands and you have access to all the buttons on the controller.
The buttons included are 'LT, RT, LB, RB, Y, B, A, X, Start, Select, Xbox Home, Two Analogues and a 4-way Dpad. All the face buttons are very easy to access for anyone with even the biggest of hands!
The controller connects via USB to your PC and of course it is fully compatible with your Xbox 360 Console, so you essentially get two for one with this product!
The only issues that I found with the controller, is the DPAD. If you are a serious fighting game fan, you would probably ignore this and buy an arcade stick. The DPAD is horrible to control and really is nothing compared to the PS3's DPAD!
If you don't have the money or aren't a serious fan of fighting games, then the Dpad is just so annoying and it is very hard to play with. It is very difficult to gauge direction on it and recently Microsoft has released the new Xbox 360 controller with a raised Dpad (due to the amount of complaints received about the controller)!
The controller works out the box with Windows 7 and the majority of 'Games For Windows' games work with the controller! Also a lot of Steam games work with it as well (useful for Super Meat Boy)!
I picked this up because im mainly a console gamer, i bought myself fallout 3 on the pc to play in my spare time because its very addictive and lasts a long time.
I was use to playing it on the xbox 360 so thought i would get one of these controllers so that i could just simply pick up and play instead of having to look around for which button to push and what button does what.
Its a straight plug in and play set up, i found it very easy to use, i just had to select the controller setting on my laptop and i was away.
the button configuration was pretty much the same as they were on the xbox version.
For me it was the best option because im so use to using the xbox 360 controller, this has the same layout, the same weight and the same looks(apart from the sync button)
I would reccomend buying the wireless adapter for the controllers instead of this because you can just use your original wireless xbox controller with it anyway and it woudl work out cheaper.
- Easy to use
- Good size
- Best button layout
- Good feel
- No need for batteries
- plug and play
- Easily configurable
- Identicle to the xbox wires controller
- Not built for small hands(no problem for me personally)
- Wired - Buy yourself a wireless controller adapter instead and use the xbox controller.
This beast is a bit of a 'Jack of all trades'! Not only can you use this in conjunction with the Xbox 360, albeit wired, you can use this on the PC with a similarly wired USB cable.
I think this is a good alternative to get the 'console gaming experience' without splashing out on an expensive console. This is of course assuming you already have an up to date computer. Many of the games which you can purchase on the Xbox are also available to buy for Windows. This usually means that when you use one of these games on the PC with the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows you get a very similar gaming experiance. You can make this experience as realistic to a console as you want by designating the different keys on the controller to perform certain actions - so much so that you don't ever need to touch the keyboard or mouse for the entirety of the game play. I however mainly use this on the PC with emulators for SEGA and N64 games and it works just fab.
The device is solidly built and comfortable to hold with its ergonomic design. Buttons are intuitively placed and after a short while of usage you can find all very easily and quickly. I find it much easier to play platform, 1st person and arcade type games with this type of controller but for strategies and simulation I prefer to use the mouse and keyboard. I really like having the option to choose how I want to play a game as this makes it much more user friendly. It has been dropped, smashed and battered numerous times and it looks no worse for wear and still works like it did out of the box. The only part of it that has shown any wear and tear is one of the joy sticks and that is only because I actually sat there and picked at it in a bored moment! Whoops!
I have never had an issue with my controller and it has been used with both the Xbox and Windows. Obviously it is compatible with any Xbox 360 and I often use this as the second controller if I have friends round. If I'm being honest I probably wouldn't have purchased this if it only worked on the computer but because I can use it on the Xbox too it made to product seem much better value for money. Infact there is also a wireless version of this but it is much more expensive, nearly £10 more, and I just could not justify this when this is primarily a secondary controller. Oh and you can buy this in black too, but again, is more expensive. This particular version I paid just £17 for on Amazon.
To use with the computer the device may need some installation. I however didn't need to go through this process as Windows 7 simply found the drivers itself so it was basically was plug and play. Although if you are running XP or Vista the drivers can be downloaded from the Windows website but I also recieved a CD with them on when I purchased.
Overall I am very happy I choose to buy a controller that would work with Windows as well as with the Xbox as I feel as though a controller which otherwise would rarely be used has been a much more economical purchase.
If there's one thing I can praise about Microsoft's Xbox 360 without any reservations, it is their excellent joypad design. Picking up with the frankly terrible design of the original Xbox's controller, they have refined the basic design into a really, very well put together piece of kit. The wired version comes with a USB connection, another excellent choice and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 right out of the box. This is such a good feature that they've taken the also excellent decision of packaging it separately as a PC accessory.
The controller itself really is a pleasure. It's fairly light and with a smooth but tactile surface. It has a nice feel which is clearly plastic but evokes something ceramic. The top is a light creamy colour while the bottom is a simple grey and it boasts a full complement of buttons. As is the standard these days, it features two analogue sticks and two pressure sensitive triggers. These are responsive, comfortable and well designed. The Xbox 360 controller is a joypad built for this era of mass video game consumption. It is comfy even after hours sat too close to the tv, slaying dragons or stealing cars and fits with a lot of hand sizes.
The decision to make this compatible with the PC is an excellent one. So many of the Xbox's releases also see PC release and if you have a good, powerful PC to run them then it's nice to be able to use the console's controls if that's your preference. Many of the games ported to the PC actually feel designed for this controller more than a keyboard and mouse arrangement and it's good to settle into these games comfortably.
Installation is an absolute doddle and if you're running Vista of Windows 7 then it's just a case of plugging it in and then configuring it to preference with specific games, a job that differs from game to game. Windows XP should also take to it straight away if it has been kept reasonably up to date but it might require drivers which can be found on the microsoft website after a quick google.
The controller is as responsive on the PC as it is on the console and many of the games also available on the Xbox have included an automatic configuration so there are no differences in playing. This is particularly useful in games like GTAIV and Mass Effect which become incredibly convoluted affairs on a keyboard.
The build quality is superb, something that I was quite surprised at as I have had big problems with Microsoft hardware before. It's nice to see them branching out and supporting PC gamers with Xbox hardware. If you're looking for a decent, high quality PC joypad then this is the only real option. Anyone looking to buy a joypad is probably hoping the emulate the console experience on the PC and this masters that perfectly.
The price is around the £20 mark if you hunt one own online and I really recommend that you do. As a bonus for Xbox 360 owners, this still functions as a standard Xbox controller so its really worth picking up.
I opted to purchase this controller for use on both my pc and xbox 360. This was intended as a second controller for my xbox 360, while allowing me to use it on my pc as well.
I initially had the choice of purchasing a wireless controller and pc receiver or this wired controller. In my opinion, this was the better option as not only is the price generally lower, but the wireless controller also requires batteries which often need replacing.
I would definitely recommenced purchasing the 'controller for windows' version over the standard controller as the pc drivers are included, meaning that you do not need to go onto the internet and find batteries.
I find the xbox 360 controller probably the most comfortable of the pc and console controllers currently available. The inclusion of two triggers is useful for shooting games and the analogue sticks are in handy positions.
All in all, I would use this controller with my pc even if I did not own an xbox 360 and it is worth buying the 'for windows' version.
I am currently using this controller with my PC for many of my PC games. It has really transformed the way I play PC games, as before I had it, I would lose interest quickly, and get annoyed with being hunched up next to the screen with a keyboard and a mouse. Now, I can sit back and stretch out as I play PC games just like they were on a console, which is just great.
This controller is very very comfortable, it fits in your hands just perfectly and is the most ideal weight for medium - long playing times. All the buttons are where you would want them to be, and the shoulder buttons are great along with the triggers which are an absolutely great shape for using constantly.
The snap apart cable design is ingenious, as when someone inevitably trips on the cable draping across the floor, the cable will come apart about a meter from the USB port, so it doesn't drag the PC/360 from the desk to its death.
There are plenty of games that support this controller out of the box, and plenty more can be added using 3rd party software like xpadder. All the 'Games for Windows' games (apart from the strategy and flight simulator ones) will support the 360 controller by default which means you won't have to configure it, the game will recognize it and change the controls automatically.
I am now playing PC games much happier, and it is just such a great controller.
I bought a couple of these to use for PC gaming after having little luck getting my wireless controllers to work using the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver For Windows (which seems a poorly supported product).
Installation involved just a driver install and then plugging the controllers in via USB, very quick and painless!
The controller is the same as the standard Xbox 360 wired controller, offering a well designed button layout and high build quality (I have never had any Xbox controller fail). Obviously the wires can be a bit of a nuisance, but the improved reliability over using the wireless version make them worth it in my opinion.
By far the biggest benefit of using this product is that the majority of modern games have pre-mapped controls for it, meaning you can load up a new game and play it without the tedium of mapping all the controls yourself. That has long been a bugbear of using controllers with PC games, and is gladly avoided, though you do still have the option of re-mapping should you wish to.
I bought this product for my PC mainly for flight simulation type games and so that I could practise a bit more using a controller when all of my mates have games consoles and not PCs.
In terms of build quality and ergonomics it is flawless in design but as a PC gamer it serves no purpose in any game bar flight sims and occasional use in Arma 2 when using aircraft. It is also ideal for driving games but it does seem rather pointless in FPS games and any game where you control a person or a map. I love the analogue controls on the controller as it enables you to accelerate steadily and slowly and unlike keyboard and mouse you have full control over steering as opposed to full lock one way and full lock the other.
You cannot debate the fact that this controller is built like a rock and that that it fits perfectly into your hand. It's a real shame that the controller for the worst console ever made is amazingly good and is the only reason I'd purchase a 360 over a PS3 as well as price.
Other great attributes include the mammoth cable that is included but because I'm a PC gamer I keep it coiled up near my monitor. I also love the fact that it is interchangeable between the PC and Xbox so that if your mates have a 360 and no spare controller for two-person gaming sessions you can take this along and play together to your heart's content.
For PC gaming involving flying or driving it is unbelievably amazing but for anything else it is rubbish, unless you are a console gamer at heart you will not be able to control it fast and effectively in FPS or RPG games.
I bought this initially for gaming in Windows and whilst I must admit that the unit is very solidly built and very comfortable to hold, it falls well short in this department. Put frankly I've not found a Windows game yet that is better controlled using this controller over a standard Windows keyboard and mouse setup.
From a technical point of view it's simple, it comes with a driver disk, install drivers, plug in USB connection to any USB port on your computer. If the game supports it (and I say if as a number that I tried didn't) you're away. I think my biggest peeve was lack of buttons, it made a number of First Person Shooter games not impossible, but difficult to handle.
On a more positive note? The controller works fine in an Xbox 360, plug and play and no hassle whatsoever, the cable is very long which means you're not sat on top of you're 50 inch TV or whatever size you have, you can sit back and enjoy it's full glory. Just in case you're worried about people tripping over the cable there's what I can only call a 'link' in the cable designed to come out easily when it's caught, but stay tight when not - which it does. Nice and simple that, and rather brilliant really!
A sure buy for a 360, a no go for a PC.
The Xbox 360 wired controller is a refined version of the original Xbox controller S. Taking design hints from the Gamecube controller it was smaller and more ergonomic than the original black brick that was the original design, making it more appealing to a Japanese audience, the pad was so well received they brought it over to the US and Europe.
The Xbox 360 wired controller is a stylish white with a grey band on the underside of the controller. The face buttons are green, red, yellow and blue matching that of the original Xbox design. There is a metallic Xbox button surrounded by a green glowing ring of light in the centre of the controller, which has four quadrants one of which lights up depending on your player number. The analogue sticks and D-pad are grey as is the cord. The pad will look fine just about anywhere with its discreet minimalistic looks.
On the top of the pad you have the two triggers RT: right trigger and LT: left trigger, the triggers are used most commonly in shooter games which they are well suited for simulating firing a weapon. The triggers are also great for driving games as you can use one trigger for accelerating and one for the brakes. Then you have the replacements for the black and white buttons on the original Xbox controller, the right and left bumpers RB and LB. They can be used for any number of things from casting a spell, to quick selecting a weapon. At the top left and bottom right of the controller you have the analogue sticks, this placement is very comfortable and makes playing shooters much more enjoyable.
The D-pad is located just below the left analogue stick and is great for quick selecting things in game. Above the D-pad you have the back, start and Xbox Guide button, the back button usually isn't used much in gameplay merely to, as its name suggests, go back in the menus. The start button is usually used to pause the game.
The Xbox Guide button is used to bring up the Xbox dashboard anytime so you can access your friends list, custom soundtracks, profile settings etc. Finally to the top right of the pad we have the four coloured face buttons A, B, X and Y these are your main action buttons which you will no doubt mash in your gaming sessions. The layout of the controller is very natural and as a result the pad fits very comfortably into your hands.
The 360 Wired Controller is very comfortable to hold, it has two grips on each side which your palm and 3 fingers hold. The triggers are operated with your index finger and the face buttons and analogue sticks are used by your thumbs. This pad is more comfortable than the wireless pad because there is no battery box on the back leaving your fingers with ample room to move around, on the wireless pad my fingers would cramp up. It is also lighter without being to light and making it feel cheap.
Features I like:
Being wired means that you don't need to put in batteries or remember to charge it up, this may sound like a small thing but when your wireless pad suddenly decides to pack up during a match of Halo 3 it can be extremely annoying. The rumble in the wired pad also seems to be much stronger than the one in the wireless controller, this doesn't really matter a great deal but it's nice to be able to "feel" crashes and such a bit more. The wired controller also comes with a cord protection system from the controller S which releases the pad if you pull it hard enough so your console doesn't come flying down. The 360 pad is also usable on your PC without any additional hardware, just plug it in, download the drivers off the Microsoft site and you can use it in many games, most Games For Windows support this controller straight away even changing the button names in the game so for example it will say "press A to continue" instead of "press enter".
The controller does look slightly worse than the wireless pad, the grey band on the bottom of the controller is a shiny silver on the wireless variation and the analogue sticks feel like they're made from a cheaper plastic. The quality of the buttons is good apart from the D-pad which is dreadful and unresponsive often failing to recognize diagonal presses. This issue remains on all variations of the 360 controller. The pad is also marketed in two ways which is confusing and unnecessary, firstly as the Xbox 360 Wired Controller and as the Common Controller. There is no difference apart from the packaging so I fail to understand why they did this. It is also wired so if your always getting your controllers tangled up and hate wires this obviously isn't going to be for you.
You should be able to pick up one of these controllers for around £20-25 at all good video game stores like Game and Gamestation and of course online retailers such as play.com and amazon. The wireless pad is available for slightly more at £30-35. Third party accessories are also available, often for less money but I don't recommend them as they are cheaper for a good reason!
To buy or not:
If your looking for a second controller for your 360 or need a good gamepad for your PC or both, this controller fits your needs perfectly. Its a great looking pad which is easy to use and has the most comfortable button layout of any controller I've ever used. If you have large hands you'll probably prefer this over the wireless one as there is more room for your fingers. I recommend this highly. 4/5
I sold my Xbox 360 for the love of PC games and that the majority of Xbox 360 games that are worth anything come out for the PC in either a port (Clive Barker's Clive Barker's Jericho... By Clive barker) or a total conversion (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter thats right xboxers... it's a good first person shooter on the pc). Along with selling the Xbox I thought (ironically I guess, that I would like some of the things I play on my PC to feel like Xbox games.
By now you probably think I'm a little odd and make no sense but bare with me, in essence in the right games (ones with support and the list is fairly black or white... YES or noooooo!) this controller is perfect, Jericho (by Clive Barker) even uses the xbox controller's buttons as the names of the quicktime events, the vibration feature feels exactly the same and on every game that I've played on both platforms, the controller (when supported) already has the exact same controls mapped for it.
However, with the fact that it does exactly the same as an Xbox controller does comes the problem that you must use it with a computer and as I found out Vista Ultimate 64-Bit no likey. Installing it was as simple as plugging it into a usb port and although the drivers weren't on the system waiting for it, windows update downloaded them, installed them and told me to restart the computer wait a minute! (urgh).
Now after a restart it works fine, occaisionally if its plugged in when I'm playing Crysis and a few other games, it makes the sound as if it's being unplugged and plugged back in which can make the whole "immersion" thing we crave in games a little bit useless.
All in all, it's not bad, if you play new games rather than old then it works great, older games would take configuring and would make annoy the hell out of me. The vibration function feels a lot stronger in windows than on an xbox which is always good now if I could just stop it from pretending to leave then walk back in the room, I could enjoy it fully. Oh yeah and the light on the front flashes on and off constantly.
I had the opportunity to try a little this pad on my pc with windows xp, I think it's a good pad but nothing exceptional but let's start gradually.
The installation was very easy, I downloaded the driver from the net, connected the pad to a usb port and windows did the rest, simple and effective.
The playability is good but I don't have the same grip I have with the ps2 pad, the xbox360 pad is a little larger and the lever is in the higher pad instead of the lover part on a ps2 pad, after some times you will probably get used to handle it
It's a microsoft pad so it has the best support for windows you can have , for some game it's better than the competition, to make some example:
NFL Madden 2008: you will have the exact letters used on the pad a,b,x,y directly on the screen, instead if you use a ps2 pad you will have on the screen button 1, 2, 3,4 and so on and you will have to translate it to triangle, square, circle and so on, so that for that kind of game is probably the better choice.
Pro Evolution soccer 2008: the support it's great even there but surely you the larger pad at least for me it's a little worse to handle, the ps2 pad is instead very thin and it's surely the best choice for most gamers.
you can find this pad for £ 19.99 on most online stores , even less if you look on the ebay probably, £ 26 to 30 for the wireless pad version
can be worth it but much depend if you already have a ps2 pad or not, if you have probably the best choice is the "USB Dual PS2 to PC Convertor XP" available from play.com for around £ 7 , it will work fine with windows xp, I am not exactly sure with vista.
In the end probably the best choice depends on your needs: if you already have a ps2 pad, the convertor works fine, if you do not have it , you can buy a normal pad for probably half of the price of the microsoft 360 version, the 360 pad it's great for some games like madden, but in general it's like the others.