E3 2005 - Day 1: The Xbox 360 Updateby Anand Lal Shimpi on May 18, 2005 6:52 PM EST
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Xbox 360 - The Controller
In our original article about the Xbox 360 we stated that the new 360 controller appeared to be physically smaller than the current Xbox S controllers. Our first goal at the show was to play around with the new controller, and we were not disappointed.
All of the 360 controllers at E3 are unfortunately wired (more on why later) and thus are probably a bit lighter than their wireless counterparts that will launch with the console. The controller itself is significantly lighter than the current generation S controller; we were unable to test force feedback capabilities of the controllers, so it is possible that these controllers had smaller motors or didn't have any at all.
Ergonomically the new controller is a huge improvement over the current Xbox controller. We were originally skeptical about how comfortable it would be to have two sets of buttons at the top of the controller, but our fears were put to rest after just minutes with the new controller. It is extremely comfortable, much lighter (although that may change) and the layout is quite well done.
The four buttons at the top of the controller are easily accessed with one two fingers, one for each side.
The 360 button in the center was also quite impressive; it's got four independent quadrants that light up according to what controller number you're holding.