“$150 for a gamepad? Hell nah.” When Microsoft announced the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, those were my first thoughts. Then, like a fool, I decided to try it. You can probably see where this is going.
The Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver is one of the hidden gems of PC gaming—it lets you play loads of Windows PC games from the couch with controllers you already own. This fall, a $25 dongle will let you do the same with your Xbox One gamepads, too!
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will do their damnest to sell you on PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii. But maybe, you’ll have already spent your money on an alternative game console: a Steam Machine. Today, you can pre-order the fabled Steam Controller, the Steam Link streamer, and one of two different Linux-based gaming PCs.
A few weeks ago I found a crazy idea on Kickstarter: A gamepad that basically lets you touch your television without leaving your couch. It promises to track your fingers and display their location on the TV before they touch down. Now I've tried it. It's promising, but needs work.
Back in 2013, Lifehacker asked its readers what the Best PC Gamepad was, and predictably, console controllers took over 80% of the vote, with the Xbox 360 Controller getting the lion's share. If we ran the same poll now, the DualShock 4 and Xbox One Controller would take a chunk of the votes, but the result…
A lot of you read Giz using Google Chrome — which means a good percentage of you should be interested in the news that Chrome will soon have plug-and-play gamepad support added. It'll work on any computer (or Chromebook) running the Chrome browser, and according to Google, will be a seamless experience.
Similar to apps like Darwiin Remote, which turns any Wiimote into an OS X-compatible motion controller, TiltPad can let you use your iOS device as a motion-sensitive gamepad as well.
The iPhone gamepad case is back with an overhauled design that brings controls to the front, and adds dual analog nubs (the same as the Pandora gaming handheld). There's also an internal battery that charges the iPhone while playing.
Seriously, those green LED eyes would stare questioningly, deep into my soul while I tweak its switchable analog/digital nipples. It's modeled after the DualShock controller, and supports the PS3, PS2, and PCs. It looks bizarre, and I like it.
Natal may be the latest gaming breakthrough, but it's just one of many evolutions and revisions in controller designs over the years. Whether it was the gamepad, analog controls, or a fishing rod, there have been plenty of neat innovations.
The iControlPad bore many signs of vaporware: desirability, no official authorization and a low budget. We now know that there's at least one working version, and that promises of production aren't, you know, lies.
Evergreen's new Genius Navigator 365 is described by the English translation of Impress as "a USB gamepad deformed laser mouse", and we couldn't agree more. The mouse is 1600dpi, the gamepad has eight buttons and a D-pad, and it sells for $33 (¥3,499). Be warned, of course, that you get what you pay for. [Impress]
Really, does size even matter to gamers? Personally, I think the smaller the joystick...the better...right? Yeah, it allows for quicker and easer thumb...action. Regardless, Buffalo has released a gamepad that is probably the smallest functional gamepad out there. It folds in half for portability and also include a…
Saitek is the third company to release one of these keyboard game controllers. The company must have lacked research skills when developing its Pro Gamer Command Unit (PGCU) because this product has the same problems of its predecessors. There are 21 keys total, including an awkwardly-placed "shift" key that gives a…