Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows (North America)

At CES 2007, Bill Gates showed off the Xbox 360 controller's compatibility with Windows, thanks to drivers available on Windows Update. And now, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 wireless controller for Windows is available in stores and online retail websites across North America (there is no information regarding a European release). Discover greater precision, comfort, and control. The Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows delivers a consistent and universal gaming experience across both of Microsoft's gaming systems. Experience the ultimate gaming experience on Windows and Xbox 360.

Features

  • Wireless Integrated 2.4 GHz high-performance wireless technology lets you control the action from up to 30 feet away.
  • For PC and Xbox 360 Works across Microsoft's gaming platforms. Xbox 360 Controller for Windows works with most Windows XP-based PCs and Xbox 360, delivering a consistent and universal gaming experience.
  • Vibration Feedback Get a better feel for the game. Vibration feedback ensures riveting game play every time.
  • Ergonomic Play in total comfort. Award winning compact ergonomics provide a more comfortable gaming experience.
  • Enhanced PC Gaming Precise thumb sticks, two pressure-point triggers, and 8-way directional pad for enhanced PC gaming.
  • Xbox Live Play Integrated headset jack for PC headsets and Xbox Live play

Requirements for a Microsoft Windows-based computer:
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or later (also works with Vista)
  • Pentium 300 MHz or Higher
  • Memory: 128 MB
  • Hard Drive Space: 150 MB Free
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Other: CD drive
News source: Hexus Gaming

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the games for windows certification is suppose to standardize the 360 controller for the pc. Game developers have to implement a config for the controller. After that it'll be plug and play.
that's what i've heard anyways
and also this wireless 360 controller via the new usb adapter has been available for a while, after some delay
i ordered it the day it came out, tho i have yet to install. =p

There has been a need for a standardized windows gamepad for awhile now. Maybe this will become the standard button configuration for games to rely on people having. It is really sad to see how lousy the gamepad support is for console ports such as the grand theft auto 3 series.

I also hate how tedious button mapping currently is in games...not to mention how buttons are simply "numbered" 1 through 12 or whatever.

I really hope to see more gamepad/console type games come out for the PC. I would also like to see more same system multiplayer games come to the PC like in console gaming.

I bought a wired 360 controller a few months back (at a bargain price of £15) and it's a really nice controller, I have to admit. The default drivers (at the time) sucked though, so unless they've improved then I advise you to install 3rd party drivers (google XBCD) to really take advantage of it.

LOL
wtf?
this is available for ages...
I ordered some time ago and got it just a couple of days later delivered with UPS (i live in germany, thats soo EU)
the two triggers for perfectly for me (vista+nfs:carbon)

WTF

Glassed Silver:mac

The two triggers act as a single axis on games that do no support XInput. So if the game has XInput support (the controller lights up with player number), it will work fine. It may also work if you have third-party drivers installed (think the good ones are XBCD or something).

The only thing that sucks is the left and right triggers don't act as buttons. So when playing console ports, you sometimes don't have enough buttons to map to.

1st pooooooooooost lol *slaps himself*

why the 150 MB free..? isnt that alot?

it is cool to have a great controller on the pc

Baptist said,
1st pooooooooooost lol *slaps himself*

why the 150 MB free..? isnt that alot?

it is cool to have a great controller on the pc

They always list ridiculous hard drive requirements for little things. Hell my router's box claimed it needed 50mb of harddrive space...and it doesn't require any drivers or any installation whatsoever :P