Best PC Game controller on the market?

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#1 Hawk456
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My biggest gripe with playing platformers on the PC v. Console is the controller. 

My Gravis Gamepad Pro has all the functionality of a PSOne controller but the directional pad is too sensitive ... it has trouble differentiating between down-right, down, and down-left.  Help me out...

In your opinion, (i) which is the best PC controller on the market and (ii) why?

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#2 Anarky
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******'s Nostromo gamepads are great but I don't think it is what you are looking for. It is for use with a mouse. I do recommend them for anyone looking for that type of pad.

You can use an xbox 360 controller with a PC. They've gotten great reviews, it would especially be good for you if you are already comfortable with the xbox controllers.

Logitech and Microsoft make game controllers, I've always been happy with anything of Logitech's that I've bought in the past.

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#3 -Unreal-
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Get the 360 pad. It's probably the best. Oh, and Pinnacle Game Profiler lets you use it with ANY PC game at all. And you can customize the controls to a huge degree.
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#4 Geddy_L
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Do you use the DPad mostly, or are you comfy with using dual analog all the time? Becaue that is one of the few flaws on the 360 pad, a very mediocre DPad.
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#5 P1r8te
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Xbox 360 controller or a ps2 controller and USB adapter.
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#6 Hawk456
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I use both the analog and the D-pad but I want a good D-pad.  One that is comparable to the console controllers. 

Can the XBox or PS2 controller be hooked up to the PC?  If so, how?

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#7 Nick_996
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I use a 360 controller for Windows.  Its really comfortable, and it makes you PC feel more like a console while you use it.  Though its a little pricy, Id say its worth it.
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#8 Geddy_L
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I use both the analog and the D-pad but I want a good D-pad.  One that is comparable to the console controllers. 

Can the XBox or PS2 controller be hooked up to the PC?  If so, how?

Hawk456

360 pad can be plugged into a usb port, and the drivers are available from MS. Dual Shock or Xbox 1 controller require an adaptor.

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a keyboard and a mouse.
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This is what Herrick uses. Don't know if it's the breast, but it works fine for me. Only $20.

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My biggest gripe with playing platformers on the PC v. Console is the controller. 

My Gravis Gamepad Pro has all the functionality of a PSOne controller but the directional pad is too sensitive ... it has trouble differentiating between down-right, down, and down-left.  Help me out...

In your opinion, (i) which is the best PC controller on the market and (ii) why?

Hawk456

This is what i use for Racing, Sports games and any other game i might feel like using a controller. This works fantastic for me.

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#12 9mmSpliff
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you can use any controller from a console on a PC.  just with a converter.  Myself I like the Logitech Rumblepad2 as its just like a nice PS2 controller.  My friend loves his Xbox360 controller for the PC too.
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#13 CHAMPANERIA
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I use a 360 controller for Windows.  Its really comfortable, and it makes you PC feel more like a console while you use it.  Though its a little pricy, Id say its worth it. Nick_996
agree, works great too
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[QUOTE="Nick_996"]I use a 360 controller for Windows.  Its really comfortable, and it makes you PC feel more like a console while you use it.  Though its a little pricy, Id say its worth it. CHAMPANERIA
agree, works great too

humm, I never knew you could do that.  Could you also use the rumble pad if the game supports it?

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#15 9mmSpliff
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[QUOTE="CHAMPANERIA"][QUOTE="Nick_996"]I use a 360 controller for Windows.  Its really comfortable, and it makes you PC feel more like a console while you use it.  Though its a little pricy, Id say its worth it. h1dd3n5had0w

agree, works great too

humm, I never knew you could do that.  Could you also use the rumble pad if the game supports it?

you can use pretty much any controller that is geared for the PC.  I use the RumblePad2 and its awesome.  The 360 controller is nice too, I have used it on my buddies PC.

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#16 h1dd3n5had0w
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^awesome, thanks for the tip.
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#17 neojam
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Ive had tons of PC gamepads, and i can definitelly say, that the best digital one is Gravis GamePadPro USB.
However ive never found a perfect analog controller for PC, sometimes it was ackward form, sometimes buttons were not working right, issues with analog sticks & etc.

So i simply bought an usb adapter on ebay(5$) and plugged my playstation2 controller into PC with its help.
Now iam for 100% happy with my chose.
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#18 Gen-Gawl
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you can use any controller from a console on a PC.  just with a converter.  Myself I like the Logitech Rumblepad2 as its just like a nice PS2 controller.  My friend loves his Xbox360 controller for the PC too. 9mmSpliff

Yep. right now i am using a logitech wireless PS2 controller on my pc. I picked up an adapter at radioshack for under $10. Don't limit yourself to just pc controllers. Get one that works best for you and then adapt it. But i have heard really good things about the 360 controller. just make sure to get the corded one. I read an article that said the wireless wasn't supported yet.

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#19 omino
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My friend really loves the 360 pc controller.  He has tried a bunch in the past so I am pretty inclined to believe him.
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#20 GAForte
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get the logitech rumblepad 2, i believe it has the best price to quality ratio.
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#21 Zemus
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at this time now that 360 is out without doubt a 360 Wired Controller.  there are Drivers and its USB  MS made it also for PC gaming not just 360.
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#22 Hawk456
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All good stuff...

I think I'm going to pick up a USB adaptor and use the PS2 controller.  Is there any difference between the adaptors?  I found some SmartJoy adaptors on www.lik-sang.com anyone deal with them before?

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#23 Silicel1
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PS2 controller with USB adapter!!Theres nothing better for me O.K.!

                        

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#24 Hawk456
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I've been using the USB adaptor and LOVE IT.  Anyone that reads this, if you play PC games that use a gamepad, do yourself a favor and pick one up.  I have the PS2 adaptor but I saw ones for XBox and Gamecube as well.  Lik Sang is now out of business, thanks to Sony, but Ebay still has them.

Game on!

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a keyboard and a mouse. teh_destroyer

I am glad somebody finally said it.

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#26 artur79
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I would seriously get the 360 controller. Here are the reasons:

1. I have used it a lot with my PC and it works great. It's called the best console-gamepad out there for a reason.

2. Microsoft gamepad + microsoft software = great compatibility in the future. You have to remember that one of the criteria for a game to be called "Game for Windows" (Vista) is: 360 wired controller compatibility. (I don't get how they will be able to do that with every game, but that's what I read somewhere.) They said that you won't have to configure buttons, you just start the game and play. I've already done that with Marvel and latest Splinter Cell.

3. I don't know if it's confirmed, but I heard rumors about rumble function in future Windows games. But take this with a ton of salt...

4. You just plug it in, no need for extra equipment and the 360 headset works in Skype through the controller.

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#27 Jiggly_Wiggly
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I use xbox 360 for gtr2, racing, and is there a patch to get rumble? Its really missing : /
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#28 Jinded
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Logitech RumblePad 2 or X360 controller. Personally I prefer the RumblePad 2, but they're both great gamepads.
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#29 dmb34
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I had 2 logitech dual action controller wear out fairly quick. The analog stick stop working correctly so now I have the 360 controller and it takes a beating.