The scoop on the Xbox S-Controller

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  1. Dan B

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    Gamespy has an article detailing the new S-controller, pricing, availability, and more http://www.gamespy.com/hardware/march02/xboxcontrollers[​IMG][​IMG]
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  2. Kelley_B

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    Great news, its always cool to see a rumor confirmed.
    Just wanted to add that I will be getting this on launch date of coars [​IMG]
     
  3. Camp

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    Stupid name. "S"

    Good to see it coming here...though I'd prefer the Japanese buttons.
     
  4. Eric Samonte

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    S..must have started with the MB S class?....or Jaguar S type?....or Taco Bell's S something.
    Then again must be the S in my surname...[​IMG]
     
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    Makes sense to me - "Xbox Controller S(mall)"

    -Dave
     
  6. Peter Manojlovich

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    Hmmm, looks like the japanese controller to me. Personally, I wish I could see a size comparison of this controller with the regular controller. I'm not surprised by microsoft's latest moves. I've bought two additional controllers, both the mad catz control pad pro. These controllers come and go very quickly from Futureshop and Toys'r'us, while the standard controllers just sit there. Which comes an no surprise to me. What they mention in the gamespy article as being complaints concerning the standard xbox controller, the mad catz addresses already.
     
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    I dunno - the standard controller works fine for me.
     
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    I really like the standard controller. I mistakenly bought an "I"? controller for the Xbox, I forgot who makes it, but it blows chunks.
     
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    The "I" controller is made by Interact, and I agree, it does blow chunks. But there are worse (much worse) as far as 3rd party controllers go.
     
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    Count me in as someone who has had no problems with the original controllers. Actually, I've tried one of the madcatz ones, and I find the right stick is a bit more of a reach than on the standard-seems like it's due to the wider button spacing.
     
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    I will instead be buying two Joybox Ps2/Xbox converters so I can use the VASTLY superior PS2 controller.
     
  12. Camp

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    Peter,

    I can assure you the Mad Catz Xbox controller does not out sell the Microsoft pad. Not even close. You're seeing better re-stocking of the Microsoft pad not a quicker selling Mad Catz pad.

    I like the standard pad too. The black and white buttons are a bit hard to reach though. I also feel pain after extended play when reaching for the shoulder buttons.

    I ordered the Japanese controller just for something different.
     
  13. Tim Hess

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    I've held the 'new' controller. It's the same size as the Japanese one, jsut with adjustments to the Trigger, Buttons and cord legnth (US is 9', JP is 7').

    I like the JP one for fighting games, THPS, etc., the US one for the 'other' games.
     
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    I've got large hands, so I'm comfy with the standard controller for extended amounts of time (i.e. late night Halo or Jet Set Radio Future). I'll likely pick up an "S" as my kid brother and wife both prefer something smaller.
    Only thing that worries me is that www.teamxbox.com (or one of the other bigger X-Box fansites) gave the japanese controller a bad review.
     
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    Good. Personally I fnd that the standard controller is very comfortable -but then again, I have fairly large hands.

    Good to see that this controller is on it's way stateside.
     
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    Camp,

    from what i understood in the article they only changed the length of the cord and the shoulder buttons. Oh well, I plan on ordering the grey japanese controller just for something different.
     
  17. Camp

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    I thought the main action buttons on the US version were changed too. I thought they were like the ones on the original pad.

    I might be wrong though
     
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    I think you are wrong Camp....I had to reread the article about five times before settling on my thinking that they only changed the chord length and the trigger buttons. I still plan on getting a grey japanese one though, I think they look kewl.
     
  19. Tim Hess

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    The Start and Select buttons are less convex as well.
     
  20. Camp

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    I received my gray Japanese pad today so I can now compare. I'm making my comparison with this image of the US "S" controller:
    http://www.gamespy.com/asp/image.asp...trollers/1.jpg
    The Start and Back buttons are exactly the same as in that picture.
    The X, Y, A, & B buttons are very close but there is at least one subtle difference: the button letters (A, B, etc.) in the Japanese version are molded into the button while the "S" version is just like the standard Xbox pad (that is, the letters are underneath the buttons).
    In the Japanese pad this creates a very jewel-like effect in the buttons.
    The Xbox logo is also reversed in the Jap pad.
    The coolest thing about the gray Japanese pad is that the gray has a metallic look to it...very nice.
    The cable is shorter than the US version (a big plus for the "S" model).
    It is very comfortable...the button layout is 10x better than the standard pad. I have large hands and think I'll end up with a preference for this pad over the standard US pad.
     

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