Release Date: 11/22/2004
Colors: Black, White (EA Sports), Green, Red
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.
Release Date: 8/28/2006
Colors: Black, Silver (EA Sports), Blue
I have to note that this is the older, and better, model of the Cordless Precision controller for PS2. The newer one doesn’t feel as nice but is more widely available. Besides the official DualShock 2 there isn’t a better controller out there. There were so many third party controllers for the PS2 and they were all mostly terrible. From poor ergonomics to bad wireless technology or lame button placement. Some controller opted for the Xbox style analog stick layout or was just poorly built. Logitech was the king of accessories back in the day, and while they were more expensive, they were worth the money. I had this controller last for over 10 years until it pretty much died on me recently and I had to buy a new one. That’s a long time for an accessory and it went through several moves, was stashed in storage for a couple of years, and was dropped, kicked, thrown, and smashed over and over again growing up.
What makes this controller the best wireless option for PS2 is that it just feels good and is more solid than the official controller. There’s more bulk and it feels heavier and more solid in your hands. The controller fits so nicely with shorter arms and a thicker back with larger top buttons. The D-pad is much improved and works well with fighters as it’s a rolling D-pad over the standard plus D-pad. My only complaint would be that the analog sticks are too loose for my taste and they take some getting used to.
The controller connects the receiver easily with just a press of a button and no need to re-pair it. I never once had to pair the controller over the 10 years I owned it. It shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity, there’s a mode button for switching from digital to analog and that’s all you need. It lasts nearly 50 hours on 2 AAs so get some rechargeables and you’re golden. I also have to mention the battery cover is a pain to get off, but you can’t have everything.
Overall, this is the best controller option for the PS2 bar none. Sadly, it’s not made anymore and can be upwards of $50-60 used and new controllers run over $100. If you can nab one these are worth the investment tenfold. Just another side note, the black version is the most common with the silver being second and the blue one being nearly impossible to find. The silver ones pop up here and there, but I have yet to ever see the blue one.