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Definitely Not the Best Controller Out There
on September 22, 2012
I don't understand why people would say that the Xbox wireless controller is the best, most ergonomically designed video game controller on the market. It really isn't. Number one, it uses batteries, so you constantly have to buy new batteries or use a recharging kit. I tried looking online and conducting research to find out if there's a separate USB cable that could hook the controller up to the Xbox in order to make it wired, but I found no such thing. If anybody knows of a cable that can do this, please comment about it below, but to the best of my knowledge, no such device exists. I see a hook-up port of some type on the superior aspect of the controller, but that seems to be a slot for your headset. As great as that convenience might be, I'd rather have that port be available as a cable hook-up for the controller.
No such problem exists for the PS3 controller. For the PS3, it doesn't have any batteries, and the wireless controller charges while it's plugged into the system. Why couldn't the Xbox controller do the same thing? It's mind boggling...
Another drawback to the Xbox wireless controller is the battery pack itself: do you know how hard it is to remove the batteries from it? It's ridiculous! It was so hard to take the original stock batteries out of it, and then I put in a set of rechargeable ones. Those, too, were very hard to remove from the pack, to the point where I thought I had to break it in order to get them out. Not too good!
Speaking about the design of the controller, why do people say that it's more efficient and "better" than the PS3 controller? I don't see how. The PS3 controller has a more linear style to it, with the thumbsticks neatly arranged in a horizontal fashion, and the trigger buttons are appropriately labeled as L1/L2 and R1/R2. The Xbox calls them LB/LT and RB/RT. What the heck kind of designation system is that? I get so confused when an action calls for using those buttons. Giving them a number system is a lot more efficient.
Overall, I strongly favor the PS3 controller over the Xbox one.