Microsoft XBOX Controller S
Too big!, designed exclusively for Halo, too heavy! These are just some of the comments that were made about the original XBOX controller. Of course the original controller, in many ways is an excellent gamepad. The analogue sticks are simply superb and the triggers are also brilliant and I find them to be essential in driving games. However I find that the real weakness with the original pad is not the size of it, although I admit it is big, but rather the layout of the primary (A,B,X,Y) buttons. These buttons are oval in shape and laid out in a skewed style that makes control in fighting and sports games simply chaotic. Of course games such as Halo where you can occasionally afford to look at the gamepad are fine but with almost every other game they prove very awkward.
is the Controller S in games?
If you play games where you use the triggers a lot such as Halo or Project Gotham Racing you'll notice the feel of the triggers is slightly different on the Controller S. The triggers don't seem to have as much travel on the Controller S. This is probably due to the fact that the controller is far smaller and doesn't have the internal space to house the same size triggers that the original controller has, maybe, I honestly don't know. The triggers are fine but if you've used the original triggers a lot then it will take a while to get used to the feel of the ones on the Controller S.
The analogue sticks are just as superb and accurate as they are on the original controller. The placement of the analogue sticks is retained from the original controller which is pleasing especially as they feel more natural than those on the PlayStation's Dualshock controller which has them both in the middle.
Over the last 10 days or so I've played something like 25 XBOX titles and I can honestly say that the Controller S is not only the best controller for the XBOX but is also one of the best controllers ever made. Even if you're perfectly happy with the original controller I'd strongly advise you to get hold of a Controller S for fighting games or sports games. The decision to release a smaller controller that featured a more conventional positioning of the primary buttons was a wise one and can only help the XBOX become more desirable.
Overall Score 9.5/10 The ultimate XBOX controller.