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Ludwig over at Joystiq passed this little gem onto us today. Looks like the 360 will be getting an arcade stick after all, courtesy of Mad Catz. While it's obvious that the stick should be perfect for old school favorites like Galaga, certain elements are rather curious. First of all, the controller has both a joystick and a D-pad, suggesting that the stick is in fact analogue. Also, the triggers and shoulder buttons don't appear to be on the face of the controller at all. As such, hopeful Street Fighter purists may still be left without a suitable control.

The original item on EB Games has since been yanked from the internet, but we managed to snag a shot of the page, which lists the controller for $69.99 (ouch) with a release date of October 1st. That's a pretty hefty price for a decent game of Pac-Man.

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Joe1

8-18-2006 @ 10:55AM

Joe said...

According to other sources the actually retail price will be $49.99 and the stick itself will come bundled with a few arcade games.

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Scott2

8-18-2006 @ 11:03AM

Scott said...

Ugly. Looks like it is seriously unbalanced and a PITA to try and hold too.

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NightFang3

8-18-2006 @ 11:34AM

NightFang said...

you mean a puta? :P and yea it does look pretty annoying. so wait, since it has all the buttons you could possibly use it as a regular controller for games......eeewww :P

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Michael Zoran4

8-18-2006 @ 9:03PM

Michael Zoran said...

Microsoft Employees: Please Read

D-Pad Analysis of Xbox 360 Controller:

The Xbox 360 D-Pad is on a counter-clockwise angle. The top of the D-pad is not pointing towards the "12" on a clock; it is pointing towards the "11" on the clock. This causes the motion of "Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward" to be less precise when you are facing toward the left (the player-2 staring position in Street Fighter 2). The reason this is less precise is because of the counter-clockwise angle.

You see, rather than pushing Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward, the player ends up with the motion of Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward, Up-Forward. The reason for this is because the final motion being pushed by the thumb is in the Left direction. If the D-Pad was balanced properly so that the Up direction was facing toward the "12", and the Left direction was facing toward the "9", and the Right direction was facing toward the "3", and the Down direction was facing toward the "6", then this would be fine.

However, when a player does a Dragon Punch, the final direction they are pressing ends up being the "10" on the clock, which the controller and the game interprets as Up-Forward--causing you to jump towards your opponent. This needs to be corrected if a different controller is ever released.

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Michael Zoran5

8-18-2006 @ 9:05PM

Michael Zoran said...

Microsoft Employees: Please Read

D-Pad Analysis of Xbox 360 Controller:

The Xbox 360 D-Pad is on a counter-clockwise angle. The top of the D-pad is not pointing towards the "12" on a clock; it is pointing towards the "11" on the clock. This causes the motion of "Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward" to be less precise when you are facing toward the left (the player-2 staring position in Street Fighter 2). The reason this is less precise is because of the counter-clockwise angle.

You see, rather than pushing Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward, the player ends up with the motion of Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Forward, Up-Forward. The reason for this is because the final motion being pushed by the thumb is in the Left direction. If the D-Pad was balanced properly so that the Up direction was facing toward the "12", and the Left direction was facing toward the "9", and the Right direction was facing toward the "3", and the Down direction was facing toward the "6", then this would be fine.

However, when a player does a Dragon Punch, the final direction they are pressing ends up being the "10" on the clock, which the controller and the game interprets as Up-Forward--causing you to jump towards your opponent. This needs to be corrected if a different controller is ever released.

Recommendation: If more 2-D fighters using the Dragon Punch motion are going to be released, it would be nice if a minor adjustment would be made to the Xbox 360 controller. All that needs to be done is rotate the D-pad clockwise so the Top, Bottom, Left, Right arrows are facing 12, 6, 9, 3 on the clock, respectively.

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oyunlar6

8-19-2006 @ 8:13AM

oyunlar said...

Yuhhh! 70 dollars for a joystick? My wallet hurts just thinking about it :)

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