Summary: I got this for my kids who play video games from time to time on our home pc. I thought it would be easier for them then using the keyboard keys. All I did was plug it into the back of the pc & it worked right away without any type of extra set up. We have only had it for about a month so only time will tell about the quality of it...but so far so good.
Summary: I got this controller to play old school 8-bit system emulators. It works fine, but after the first 5 minutes of use the 3 button began sticking and started becoming stuck down. It doesn't seem to affect game playing, but it makes the controller feel weird. It's kind of slippery and bulky. Similar in appearance to Xbox controller. It's probably not the best controller for what I'm doing. I would not buy another one.
Summary: I play some racing game very occasionally. My old gamepad needs a game port but my new computer does not have it. So I figured that maybe I need a basic gamepad. For the price, the gamepad is a good buy. Overal build quality is good with typical plastical feel. The connection to computer under windows vista is smooth and calibration is accurate. The biggest complain is that the direction control is not comfortable to hold.
Summary: NEGATIVES: Well, this controller is cheap in price. I got what I paid for. Only used for one day and the R2 button can no longer be pressed it is permanently locked down. It was working fine at first, until it suddenly stopped working without explanation. I used it with normal gameplay and no harsh usage or dropping. Also disregarding the broken button on the first day, the directional pad is not very fun to play games with when it requires accurate and quick actions.
Summary: I bought this planning to prepare my new computer for games. For the price it's a decent pick. The buttons are nice and there's enough of a USB cord to move around. My only complain is that not all games are configured to it and some of the ones that are keep telling me about a ninth button, which there isn't. Other than that it works great.
Summary: This is a SIMPLE controller that WORKS flawlessly. I've used this for years, playing Fifa 07, Fifa 08, Madden, Prince of Persia series, and many more. Never failed to me. And just needed to plug in to be instantly recognized and ready to use. The first one of these I got (about 4 years ago) is still in use, and looks and works just like new. This shows the high quality of these controllers.
Nicely constructed controller, and not too expensive.
John Prothero, Amazon
5 May 2009
Summary: I use this controller for Windows XP which locates and installs the driver right away. There doesn't seem to be much need for calibrating it that I've noticed, but to get the most out of this controller I recommend a free program called "Xpadder" which will allow you to assign keyboard functions to the D-pad and the eight buttons. Xpadder can be downloaded from the Major Geeks web site at majorgeeks.com.
Summary: It's no secret that this gamepad does NOT really look anything like the controllers used for the old consoles, (NES, SNES, etc.) That said - this is a GREAT, affordable game controller for the classics. This controller feels quite solid even though it is SUPER-light weight. The buttons (including the D-pad) are very responsive. The D-pad is the directional control pad on the controller by the way.