Xbox 360 special edition controller: The review

This one, in case you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about:

I don’t actually recall how I first heard about it, possibly via one of the Inside Xbox chaps (AceyBongos, most likely), but I do remember my first thoughts being along the lines of “Ooh, pretty”, closely followed by “Whoa, expensive”. I forgot about it for a bit after that.

It’s a “special edition” because that makes some people want to buy it more. I suppose it’s also got something to do with the rotating d-pad thingy; Basically, it twists from the normal, mushy d-pad into one that feels like a more defined, cross-shaped one. I spent most of my gaming today playing a game that doesn’t actually use the d-pad though, so maybe it wasn’t a fair test. It feels a bit better, so there’s that.

That’s pretty much it. Oh, there’s a slight lip on the analog sticks to stop your thumbs sliding off too, though these will inevitably wear off like the normal controller. As you can see from the image above, the colours have been removed from the buttons, which would be a brave move if they were planning on manufacturing these alongside the normal pads, but I suspect they’ll stop quite quickly. It’s probably not a good idea to give this controller to someone who doesn’t play on consoles very often, unless you really want to win.

Ash’s verdict: Highly recommended if one of your old controllers is completely shagged and decides you always want to go left, even if there’s a cliffside or nasty-looking monster there, and a certain retailer lists it at £30 while you have a £10 voucher for said retailer. So, in summary; s’alright, innit.

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