New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

From launch, in November, Microsoft has claimed that they will fully support the XBox and most importantly, that they will listen to the gamer. Unfortunately for them they have had to make good on their promise quite a few times. First it was the defects presentedin some units causing the scratching of the game-disc. Microsoft were swift to respond and replaced all defective consoles. Now it was about time that they reacted to, the many, complaints about XBox's controller.

From its release one of the points of criticism of the XBox was that the controller was very large and uncomfortable. Microsoft, probably in an attempt to convince that their console was aimed at adults, created a controller which most found tiring to use while the button arrangement was almost impossible to master. Gamers reported not being able to perform as well in XBox versions of games.

The release of Xbox Controller S marks a positive Microsoft move towards consumer demands. Initially the new controller will be available as an extra and will cost US$39.95.
If MS have been doing their homework though it should soon become available as standard in certain versions of the console.

The most important change in the new controller is the button layout. The black and white buttons have been moved closer to the thumb while more resting room is available on the thumbsticks.

The full feature list of XBox Controller S is:

-Six analog buttons with 256 panic control
-Two analog pressure-point triggers
-Two vibration feedback motors
-One eight-way directional pad
-Two menu navigation buttons
-Two expansion slots for memory cards or other accessories (sold separately)
-One 9.8 foot cable with inline release

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New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Agent u r the reason why people think the GC is a kiddy machine. U make me ashamed to own the console. Fact is none of the consoles is wholly bad and none are good enough to totally overwhelm the competition. Xbox has raw power on the plus side but a poor controller and the least developing support that bring it down. PS2 has a decent controller and great titles with loads of developer support but it is the weakest of the 3 and only has 2 controller ports. NCG is a developers dream and has some great games in development, the best controller and is the cheapest but it has an (unjustified) image problem.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

the problem with PC games is that they are all the same. look at the boxes on the shelf. it is either some guy with guns drawn or some mystical creature. everything is either an FPS or an RPG. i am so SICK of these games now. half-life is the same as quake3 is the same as return to wolfenstein is the same as unreal tournament. i don't like RPGs, but they too, are all similar.i like platform games, but they are DEAD on the PC. of the few sports games that are on the PC, they ALWAYS SUCK. the playability isn't smooth as on consoles and are subpar.the major problem with PC games are BUGS. almost no games play solidly straight out the box. you always have to download a friggin' patch, then another patch, then yet another. with a console game, you don't have to do this. they get it right the first time.if you like first person shooters and role playing games over and over and over again, then a PC is for you. but if you like variety, then a console is for you. PC games SUCK as far as true fighting games. i can't play old classics like street fighter II or mortal kombat to the newer fighting classics like soul caliber or tekken tag team force unless i get a CONSOLE. i can't even get a super mario bros. type of game.which is why when i play games on my PC, i am almost ALWAYS playing with an emulator!! if companies would only sell their old games, they could make a KILLING. they can, but they won't, so what am i to do?

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

CONSOLES ARE GREAT FOR FIGHTING AND PLATFORM GAMES. BUT HOW LONG CAN YOU PLAY THOSE GAMES? THEY GET BORING IN NO TIME. AND THIS IS TRUE IF YOUR NOT PLAYING WITH YOUR BUDDIES. YOU ALSO FORGOT ABOUT FLIGHT SIMS FOR THE PC...RTS FOR THE PC. FIFA WORLD CUP ON THE PC AND TONY HAWK PRO LOOKS AND PLAYS ALOT BETTER THEN THE CONSOLE VERSIONS. ITS UP TO THE DEVELOPERS TO MAKE THE GAME SOLID FOR EACH PLATFORM. THE PC HAS MORE RAW POWER TO DO THIS, HOWEVER DEVELOPERS ARE ATTRACTED TO WHERE THE MONEY IS....CONSOLES. HOWEVER WHEN NEW TECHNOLOGY COMES ABOUT...THEY ALWAYS TURN BACK TO THE PC......

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brian, play FIFA WORLCUP, play Tony Hawk pro skater. Those two games play better then the console versions.The reason why sometimes sport games play crappy on the pc as in comparison to the console is solely because the developers just rush the game through. They concentrate more on the console version because that is were the market is right now. However, when they do take their time and make the game right, it always plays and looks better then the console version. It's just getting the software house to do that. I would like EA to make more quality titles like FIFA WORLDCUP for the pc. Target the game for high-end pc users. The game would look sweet then, because all the power a pc can pump out.......

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

It's hard to swift through people pressing caps lock and swearing away to try to prove a point. So halfway through this I decided to stop reading when swearing became main course of the responce. That and to just pass on anything with all caps lock, I still have yet to understand why people feel the need for that.Anyways, Props to Microsoft for coming out with a new controller. If you didn't have a problem with the one before more power too ya.PC games are good sometimes, but most times the real fun is in console games. There isn't the kind of deverse gaming market in PC that there is in consoles so really there isn't a comparason.PC isn't the perfect gaming machine, it's a perfect all around machine but it faulters in some of the area's because it does that.I wouldn't trade my PC for a console, but I wouldn't buy a 500 dollar graphics card when I could just buy a console and be just as happy and be able to afford a few games as well.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Malice has beaten me to the poin I was trying to make, Dr. Death. it all comes down to pricing. the dream system that you sprayed off doesn't come for $1000 figure I gave you earlier. I will be the first to admit, being a PC fan, that given an unlimited amount of money, PC games usually do look better, but I don't have an unlimited amount of money, and if you can find a PC for $1000 that beats an Xbox with 15 games and 4 controllers (thats about what 1000 bucks is worth) then I will retire from this debate with acgknowledging you victor.

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i read through all the old posts, and Dr. Death, I don't know what you are thinking, but the PC version of any Tony Hawk game is a lot worse then the PS2 version. that game belongs to PS and PS2, because it was designed for thier controllers, and ANY other controller including Xbox, and especially a keyboard or PC gamepad, is a fowl injustice to such a great game.

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Hello,Well I have to say this debate is a good one but keep in mind as computers evolve so can you upgrade your current one. When a console UGRADES you pay out the YING YANG for a whole new console. Which 9 times outta ten won't play the old games ya loved. I have 4 consoles.....Genisis, 32x and Sega CD, Playstation, Dreamcast, Saturn and a PS2 and I rarely play ano of them. If you ask me the other big problems is once they upgrade, wether you do or not, they no longer support the consoles they orignaly had. I mean I was a hella fan of the Zelda series and still am but on N64 it was good, this new on is the worse peice-o-shit I have ever seen. I would rather enjoy playing the new game on a Nintendo 8bit

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Congratulations Megagames! Its great to see another example of the shithouse opionionated crap that can sometimes appear on this site. MS are listening to the gamers of the world and modifying their product accoringly, and yet you still manage to have a winge about them "Unfortunately for them they have had to make good on their promise quite a few times".Actually, MS love to have user feedback on their products. They enjoy changing what they have to better fit the needs/wants of the products user base.I suppose you wouldn't care about that though, as long as you get to have your say.Don't quit your day job kid.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

you people need to calm down on the xbox bashing. the system is a good all round gaming machine with a good game selection and more games coming. I've played all three consoles extensively, and they all rock, but I bought an xbox because of microsoft listening to thier customers. f**k you anonymous for dissing megagames, because they are just try to give review on a controller, and f**k you xarbia, because your not open minded enough to see a race between three good consoles doesn't need any bull shit mindless comments from someone who in fact, sucks monkey balls.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Well, I'm back and here sits a topic I couldn't resist speaking on.Sloose, before I move on allow me to tell you yet again what I think. Go, forth and seek the other 3/4's of your mind my little friend! I'm sure it's just sitting in a jar on some doctors shelf as an example of nature gone horribly wrong. Check the other boards around Megagames for more. But, I digress.I fail to see the NEED for a new controler for the Xbox. I own the 'classic', actually 3 of them, I love the Controler to death. It's a lot better than using the PS2 dual shock / thumb smashing excuse for a game pad. And the less said about the travesty that is the Game Cube controler, the better.Everyone sales the Xbox controler is 'to big', I fail to see the problem. I have a little sister who's 4"11 and she loves the setup, having little problems reaching any of the buttons. But, Microsoft has listened to the gamers, the XBox Pad-S will undoubtidly solve some problems for the whiners in the group, heck I may even get one sometime in the future. Point of fact, atleast Microsoft listend to its gamers and did something about it. I here people complaining about the 'thumb mashing' problem w/ the PS2 Dual Shock constantly, and has Sony ever released another offical controler to address that issue? I haven't see any. Viva La XBox Contoler!

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Hmm, i'm shocked Tagge, resorting to such childish remarks like that. But I digress, the fact is the xbox controller is big, and uncomfortable to 'alot' of xbox owners. The single biggest complaint I've heard about the xbox is the controller. It was practically shunned in japan when first shown and prompted MS to release a smaller one over there (forming the basis for the S controller). Since when did you and your little sister make up the majority of sbox oweners? If PS2's controller ever had this so-called 'button-mashing problem' then it was probably only the complaints of a few and wouldn't warrant a recall. PS2 and even gamecubes controller feels like a second skin and the fact that you can't even acknowlegde that shows you've never even held either one.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Sloose,I reduced myself to your level in hopes of somehow reaching that insignificant portion of your brain that actually functions. More specifically that portion of the Cognitive side of your brain that deals with reasoning. Unfortunetly, I see I've failed completely and totally.Anyway, back to the matter at hand here. The point I was trying to make is even people with 'small' adpendages like the Xbox controler, it's more a matter of some people picking and poking and trying to find something to complain about rather than a real problem. Perhaps it some peoples skill level rather than the actualy controler hrmm? I mean blame it on anything but your own abilities, right?Lastly Sloose, why don't you leave the predictions on what I have and haven't used to somene w/ ESP. Or, better yet... TO ME, the person who's used the controlers. I dislike the PS2 controler because of the placement of the analog joysticks. Whoever put them side by side in the controler design needs to have their heads examined. And, the GC controler has far far too many problems for me to even begin to delve into. I have a number of friends who actually ditched their PS2's in favore of an Xbox for the simple fact that the Xbox's controler is a more intelligent setup. But, good for Microsoft for developing the XBox Controler-S, one less excuse / crutch for people to use when playing the Xbox. Heck, I may even buy one for myself, just to see if it's any good.

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Zog. I don't own an xbox, and Im not sticking up for xbox. I'm just sick of seeing shithouse articles bagging xbx and MS using up space on this otherwise awesome site.All i want to see is megagames articles without bias, and for the opinions to be left for the forum.If they want to express their opinion they should write reviews with valid criticisms, not news articles.I understand that this might seem rather extreme for someone who has only read this article, however my thoughts stem from the past 6 months worth of "console wars" articles, not just this one.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Sloose: Microsoft like taking user feedback, thats who.MS reviewed thousands of gamers in the production of the xbx. MS products, overall, have the longest and most extensive beta phases. WindowsXP was out in beta more than a year before its official release.MS had/has thousands of gamers beta testing is xbx live network.Most importantly, MS actually LISTEN to their users. Products get changed based on user opinion.I'm sure MS did spend millions of dollars hiring people to answer "hate mail" for the xbx, that's been my point all along, now they are spending millions more to keep those customers happy.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

I have Big Hands so the Xbox Controller suits me just fine. I could understand why smaller hand people ( girls, younger males, and Japanese) might not find it comfortable. I'm happy that Xbox is listening to its customers and I think ultimately that people will appreciate their concern.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Zog, you ass clown. The Xbox is doing the /best/ of the main consoles right now in terms of profit. They have released the most games, and have over 70 more coming out this year.I don't know where you get your info, I'm guessing you make it up based on your opinion...

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Actually sales of consoles are pretty even now for both xbox and ps2 due to the price drop with nintendo lagging in the sales. I have no doubt xbox will do pretty well in North America, but how about Europe and especially Japan. If anyone has recent sales figures concerning them I'd appreciate if you could post them. Also, overall, ps2 will have the most games out by the end of this year.And if anyone has ever taken user feedback or user comments, then they would know that it's a pain in the ass. "Microsoft like taking user feedback, thats who" - i don't think so. Their "making a better console" is costing them alot of extra cash. And I was exaggerating when I said they spent millions for people to read hate mail, but I'm not to far from the truth.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

I own both controllers, and I think the S is better for some games (mainly shooters and skateboarding) and the original is better for racing and adventure. Hey hhhhhhh, this is NOTHING like the GCN controller. Its closer to a PoS2 controller then it is to the Gay-cube one.Spacejanitor, I'm not dissing you or anything, but your wrong about the 70 games. Microsoft said there'll be about 200 more by Christmas, and 80-ish more between than and the end of the year.When Unreal Championship comes out, Xbox will annihalate the other 2, cuz all you little f**ks are gonna go get one.BTW, I think PS2 is good console, but xbox will kick its little blue and black ass any day!

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Sloose,Using quotes now are we my friend? Big mistake. I can counter quotes until the end of time."A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."- Sir Winston ChurchillA quote that I think particularly applies to your point of view. Remeber quality over quantity.

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I highly doubt a single game will "annihalate" both the ps2 and gamecube. Besides, if any game has a chance to make a dent in any system it would have to be the Grand Theft Auto series. I'm pretty sure though that if Unreal Championship doesn't sell very well on xbox then I'm confident it'll see a port to pc, where it would be highly successful in my opionion. And Tagge, although my quote was not directed towards you, I found your quote to have little bearing. If you really wan't to follow the motto "quality over quantity", then I suggest you invest in a gamecube.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

ACTUALLY, UNREAL 2 AND UNREAL TORNENMENT 2 WILL BE OUT FOR THE PC. UNREAL CHAMPANIONSHIP WILL BE RELEASED FOR THE X-BOX. THE VERSION FOR THE X-BOX WILL PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE PC VERSION. BOTTOM LINE, THE X-BOX NEEDS TO SEPARATE ITSELF FROM PC GAMES. FOR IT TO SURVIVE IT WILL HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT. IF NOT, JUST GO AND BUY A PC.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Hey Sloose, GTA 3 and SOE are coming out on xbox too, so lick my sweaty balls, bitch. I don't know where you guys live, but everyone down here cherishes the xbox, even the PS2 owners. Every single one of my friends say they are gonna get one.And I was just exajorating when I said it would annihilate the other two.One of my friends who only plays PC games and thought the GCN was the best console just bough an xbox. And also, don't use the "PS2 has more games!" excuse cuz I've heard that shit too much. Its been out for over a year and xbox/GCN were released this November!!

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Actually, GTA3 is exclusive to ps2 and pc for a couple of years so don't get your hopes up. Where did I get this info, straight from Rockstar Games press statement. And yes SOE is coming to xbox (I assume you mean State of Emergency), but that game is so terrible I don't see it acting as any incentive to purchasing an xbox.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

This is a good step... I didn't like the convex buttons on the old one, or the button positioning. After a new controller and price cut, Xbox is starting to look a little more reasonable. I still like the feel of the GC controller most, though I'd hate to have to play Street Fighter with it.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

Actually, GTA 3 is NOT exclusive to PS2 and PC for a couple of years so don't get your hopes up. Where did I get this info, straight out of Sloose's ass. Oops, um, I meant that I got the info from the Rockstar press release that sid they are going to release it on xbox since they didn't meet their 3rd quarter expectations.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

"Grand Theft Auto 3 and all future titles in the GTA franchise will be exclusive to PlayStation 2 until October 2004, SCEA announced today at its E3 press conference. The hugely popular "thug simulator," developed by DMA Design for Rockstar Games, was the best-selling game title across all platforms last year, and earned IGN's PS2 Game of the Year award amid dozens of other accolades. This announcement means it's curtains for the planned Xbox version of GTA3, which was to be released later this year."[url removed] could be wrong but unless you provide the evidence that gta is coming to xbox then I'll continue to believe what I already saw.

New Controller... Because Microsoft Listens

sloose, whether GTA 3 is coming out on Xbox is not a huge issue. remember it is a solid console, with plenty of good titles lined up, with not one, but now two excellent controller layouts (yes, I know, everyone has an opinion, well here is mine). oh, and i just bought an S-controller, and I agree with xbox_will_win about the controller, even if I don't agree entirely with his name. stick it Tariq.

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Shut up you stupid f**kin wise-ass. You are the only one in this forum that sucks monkey ball bart. And sloose, I was seriously just joking, after all we are only talking aboot games right! I was wrong about the GTA3 thing, cuz I read an article saying it would in April, but since this one is newer, I'll take it that yours is more reliable. But xbox will still get Brute Force, Unreal Championship, True Crime: Streets of L.A. (not exclusive), Tom Clancy Splinter Cell (not exclusive), and MGS 2:Substance (also not exclusive)

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Those were the main ones off the top of my head (for 2002). Also, you've got to remember that PS2 has been around longer so lots of developers are comftrable with making games for it. Also, its a 2nd generation console, while xbox is 1st. That means that it has had more of a chance to build up a fan database. If it was 1st generation, and released the same day as xbox, then xbox would win! But thas not gonna happen, so sucks for me (the date thing, not the winning part, cuz xbox still has a really good chance, especially after price cuts)!

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ALL THE GAMES XBOX_WILL_WIN LISTED ARE PC PORTS...AT LEAST MOST OF THEM...X-BOX HAS TO DO BETTER THAN THAT TO OVER-THROW SONY AS THE LEADER IN THIS RACE. YOU SEE, MOST PEOPLE WILL PLAY THE GAMES ON THEIR PC'S BECAUSE THEY WILL LOOK BETTER...X-BOX HAS TO BE INOVATIVE AND NOT JUST A WANNA BE PC.....

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Bloody hell I read some stupid narrow minded comments on this site.Xbox is nothing like a PC. "But it has PC hardware and PC game ports" I hear you winge.That argument is pointless. The reason that an XBX is totally different to a PC is because it lives in your loungeroom. You play the games whilst sitting on a comfortable lounge, on a big t.v, and a growing number of people play audio through a 5.1 speaker system.Comparitivly a PC is usually in an out-of-the-way room, at a desk, it has a shitty small monitor (hi-def I know, but still tiny), and pissy little speakers.The environment that consoles live in is totally different to that of a PC, and that makes the gaming experiance totally different as well.When is the last time you had a group of mates come over and you sat around your pc eating lunch/dinner and playing games?

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