The Bottom Line
- A standard controller for PC gaming.
- Comfortable, ergonomic design.
- Compatable with PC and Xbox 360.
- Wireless and corded versions.
- Excellent for first and third person action games.
- Requires software installation.
- Wireless version requires an extra $20 perpherial.
- Doesn't perform as well as mouse/keyboard in RTS games.
- Vibration feedback ensures riveting game play every time.
- Play in total comfort with award winning compact ergonomics.
- Works across both Xbox 360 and PC Platforms.
- Wireless verison lets you control the action from up to 30 feet away.
Guide Review - Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (Corded & Wireless)
Now there are some small differences other than just the packaging that are worth mention; the PC versions do come with a CD-ROM with necessary accessories software, but those files can be downloaded directly from Microsoft, on the Microsoft Gaming Hardware download page. Other than that the controller itself is identical to the Xbox 360 controller.
The Xbox 360 Controller for Windows along with Games for Windows brand finally gives PC gaming a standard game controller that is has been lacking for the past 20+ years. In order for a game to have the Games for Windows label it must meet the requirement of supporting the Xbox 360 controller.
With a nice ergonomic design, the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows provides a comfortable feel and has lightning fast response time you would expect from a console style game controller. The performance is excellent for first and third person action games, but becomes a little cumbersome in real time strategy games. Sometimes you just can't beat the mouse and keyboard!
Both a USB corded and wireless version are available, both of which can be interchanged with any Xbox 360 game system. The wireless version has a range of up to 30 feet but does require a Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, but it is well worth it to keep your desk free of another cord.