360 Controller at local retailers already!
The guys at the Windows end of Microsoft just couldn’t help themselves. Aparently, they have released a USB version of the 360 controller that can be used on PC’s with the accompanying software!
Computer Games Magazine from America purchased one from their local retailer and said the following about it:
“As far as the controller is concerned, it feels good in the hands. It feels similar to the current Xbox controller, particularly in terms of the analog sticks, D-pad and four main buttons. The triggers on the top are also similar, but the new buttons on the top replace the current black and white buttons. The form factor of these buttons reminds me a little of the GameCube controller’s Z button, but the actual buttons are much more responsive and springy.
The start and back button are easily accessible from the front of the controller, as well as the orb button in the middle. The controller is pretty comfortable, though the grips seem a tad big. “
If you want a sneaky glimpse at the 360’s controller, pop down to your local PC retailer and see if they have any in-stock!
Official News Update: Official news has just come in direct from Microsoft confirming that a 360 controller has indeed been released for use on both PC’s and then Xbox 360’s once the console has been released. The controller features a USB wire and adapter which allows it to link to both a PC and a 360. It is in fact the same controller that will be included in the 360 Core system package.
Mike Haigh, Microsofts Hardware Product Marketing Manager, said: “For the first time, gamers can simply unplug their controller from their Xbox 360 system and plug it into their Windows XP-based PC,” said Mike Haigh, Hardware Product Marketing Manager. “This is a great breakthrough for the gaming industry as we make it easier for developers to create multiplatform titles.”
According to Microsoft, the controller will not be available untill Early December in the UK (we’re guessing the same time as the 360 in Europe) and will retail at £24.99.