Release Date: 11/22/2004
Colors: Black, White (EA Sports), Green, Red
The Good: Fantastic design and ergonomics, stays connected all the time, no lag, great battery life
The Bad: Receiver is huge and bulky, triggers are a little to be desired
After loving the Cordless Precision controller for PS2, I had to get one for the Xbox. Now, the Xbox controller is great, but I don’t like cords strung across my house, but back in the day, wireless controllers were expensive and there just weren’t many good ones. After picking up a generic wireless controller a couple of weeks ago I ditched it in the trash. It lagged, constantly cut out, had to be reconnected from the receiver end, and was just glitchy and cheap feeling. The Logitech controller feels solid, literally melts away in your hands, and has a nice weight to it.
The arms of the controller are bent out more and are a bit longer so you have a more solid grip. The black and white and back and start buttons are closer to your thumbs and are a bit bigger. The triggers aren’t really better than the OEM controller, but they still feel nice and are a little less stiff. The analog sticks feel great, and just like the PS2 version, they are a tad loose so it takes getting used to.
I found it puzzling to have memory card slots on the receiver end as it makes it big and bulky and the Xbox has an HDD, so why do we need memory cards? I understand transferring saves to a friend’s system, but couldn’t have been built into the system? Anyways, the controller connects without a hitch and never needs to be re-paired. Just press a face button and it connects with zero hassle and this is why I absolutely love these Logitech controllers.
The back door to the batteries is much easier to get off than the PS2 version and you get 50 hours of battery life off of two AAs. Overall, this is the go to wireless controller for Xbox as it feels better than the OEM one and is just a seriously solid and amazing product. They tend to be a bit cheaper than the PS2 versions as there was only one version released. However, a new controller will still run you over $100. The black version is the most common while the green is second but will run you a little more. The red one is nearly impossible to find and the white version pops up every once in a great while.