Xbox controllers-buttons losing responsiveness?

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  1. Chris Bardon

    Chris Bardon Cinematographer

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    Has anyone else noticed that their Xbox controllers have lost some responsiveness? I noticed that while playing Splinter Cell today that I had to hit the A button pretty hard to get it to take, while I can remember it responding to a very slight tap before. Now the controller saw a lot of (ab)use with Tony Hawk 4, which does involve holding that particular button down quite a lot, but this is the first time I've really noticed something like this. I can't say that I've ever broken a controller through normal use (hell, my original NES controllers still work), so is this just the overall fragility of the Xbox sticks? I mean I've had them since a month after launch, but that's still no excuse.
     
  2. Dave F

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    The A button on my first S Controller was the the same way. After a while it seemed like I had to pound on it. If you have access to a copy of Dead or Alive Volleyball, it'd be interesting to check the calibration option with that controller & see how the A button responsiveness compares to the other buttons.

    I'd check mine, but I ditched it before I got the game.

    -Dave
     
  3. Jason Borchers

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    The same thing happened to one of my Dreamcast controllers after playing through Fur Fighters. It's a third-person shooter that uses the Turok control method, where movement is controlled by the face buttons and looking/turning by the joystick.

    Holding down the Y (forward) button for the majority of the game seemed to wear it out. I have to push Y a lot harder now to get it to register. I haven't experienced this yet with my Xbox controllers, but I haven't played any Xbox games that require sustained button holding.
     
  4. Benjamin_L

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    Though I've never had a problem with the regular buttons, I have had the right triggers on not 1, not 2, but 3 seperate Mad-Catz X-Box controllers die, following some intense but hardly unusual Halo deathmatching.

    Criminal. [​IMG] At least my regular and s-controllers still work fine.
     
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  6. Eric_E

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    Not to rub salt in your wound, Benjamin, but why do you keep buying them if they keep breaking? Pay a little more up front and do it right the first time - you'll save money in the long run.
     
  7. Benjamin_L

    Benjamin_L Stunt Coordinator

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    Eric,

    Good question.

    Answer: because I was a fool! [​IMG]

    Actually when I picked up my lil boxen I bought one extra controller... once we discovered the glory of Halo my friends were muy eager to join in... necessitating a few more controllers. They didn't start breaking until a few months later.

    Remember the bad hype the original X-box controllers got? I never found them that unweildy myself (and my hands are damn small for a guy), but my whiney friends bitched about them, so I picked up the Mad-catz variety instead. I blame them.
     

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