Advanced Controller for XBOX
So you've got your XBOX and you're looking for some extra gamepads so you can enjoy your game with upto 3 friends. So what do you do? Do you splash the cash on some extra official gamepads or do you look at what third party gamepads are on offer? Should you want to go the more inexpensive root, and let's face it most of us do, then you'll have to be careful as the choice ranges from very good to very poor. One of the main third party developers of console hardware is Joytech and today we're going to look at their Advanced Controller for the XBOX.
The Advanced Controller, to be fair, is perhaps not the most beautiful of the third party XBOX gamepads. Joytech have definitely put the emphasis on performance rather than looks. The gamepad is less curvaceous than the official gamepad but looks can be deceptive and I found the Advanced Controller comfortable to hold. As you hold the Advanced Controller you'll notice it doesn't force your hands out towards the base of the gamepad like the official one.
The button layout is basically the same as the official offering. There are two exceptions though. The start and back buttons are closer together and are triangular in shape as well as being slightly larger. This makes them easier to press without looking. The A,B,X,Y buttons are also slightly different. Rather than being domed, like on the official gamepad, they are uniformly raised. I found this makes them easier to press quickly and that it solved my problem of my thumb continually falling in between the buttons. It would have been nice to see them spaced out more traditionally like on the Controller S though. One improvement that has been made is the directional pad. The official gamepad has what must be described as an awkward directional pad and thankfully Joytech have gone for a more conventional design.
To look at the performance of the Advanced Controller we put it through it's paces with some of the top XBOX titles:
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You may have noticed that we haven't mentioned force feedback. In all honesty the force feedback was very good and was definitely not far off from the excellent force feedback in the official gamepad.
Overall Score 8.5/10