Release Date: 11/6/2006
The Good: It’s an Xbox controller that works on the PC and vice versa, almost every game (that supports pads) recognizes it, third party software fully supports it, generous cord length
The Bad: No profile manager, a bit pricey
When Games for Windows launched for Vista it was exciting for Xbox 360 owners because you could use your Xbox LIVE card and add to your achievement score and experience Xbox LIVE on your gaming PC. Then the Xbox 360 controller came out for Windows and, well, there’s not much to say other than it’s a 360 controller that works on your computer. The layout and functions are exactly the same, and if you are playing a Game for Windows enabled game you can use your controller like you would on the Xbox. The home button pulls up the dashboard, and the game will recognize it like if it were a 360.
Other games tend to recognize it as well (if it supports a game pad) and I have had no problems with it so far. I do wish, however, there was some type of profile manager that allows you to use it for games that don’t support game pads. You have to result to third party software for this (Pinnacle Game Profiler is perfect). The installation was painless and there’s just not much to it. You can use a keyboard or mouse port, but this confused me since peripherals are all moving toward USB now. There is a USB adapter, but including the mouse, port seemed a little early 2000’s.
You can also use the controller on your Xbox so it’s like having two in one. This is great if you’re short on a controller and want to play multiplayer. The cord has a generous length and the force feedback works swell if the game supports it. There is even a port for an Xbox LIVE headset for online play. I highly recommend this controller for PC gamers and Xbox fans since the controller is pretty much standard in every game now.