The Good Unique twisting directional-pad design; slick new color scheme; new concave analog sticks; convincingly outperforms existing Xbox 360 D-pad; works well with vintage XBLA games originally built for D-pad controllers; includes a black play-and-charge kit.
The Bad Expensive; forces consumer to pay for play-and-charge kit; new face-button colors may confuse novice users.
The Bottom Line The Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with Transforming D-pad is a must-have for 360 gamers who demand a precise D-pad response.
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller w/Transforming D-Pad and Play and Charge Kit
Microsoft learned about controller design the hard way after the original Xbox's gargantuan controller was scrapped in favor of the much more practical Xbox Controller S.
When the Xbox 360 was released in 2005, gamers and critics alike greeted the console's controller positively. Aside from its wonky directional pad, it's widely regarded as one of the best input devices for a game console in quite some time.
The problem with the D-pad primarily comes into play when games take advantage of that section of the remote for weapon selection or other uses. It certainly was not an uncommon practice at the 360's launch, and by now it's a staple.
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Microsoft VR headset details to be revealed at December event
You caught a glimpse of the headsets during the Windows 10 event in New York last week. You'll find out more in a matter of weeks.
Microsoft drops Xbox One price to $250
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HTC says it will ship Vive VR system within three days
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Minecraft arrives on Samsung's Gear VR
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Xbox One controller will work on PC in 2014
Microsoft's new console controller will be PC compatible, but not until after it gets a software update.
Is Microsoft making AR goggles for the Xbox One?
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Microsoft prices Xbox One acessories
The Xbox One will ship with a single controller, with an additional controller costing US$60 and a new headset US$25.