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    best controller to get for a pc?

    just realized i prefer playing games with a controller so where can i get one that will let me programme buttons on the keyboard to ones on the controller?

    im guessing they all do that but which one should i get?

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    The Xbox 360 control pad is magic. Loads of games support it natively, so you don't need to mess about with mapping buttons or any of that nonsence. And you can map keys and keycombos to buttons if you like. There's some custom drivers out on t'interweb somewhere (their name escapes me, sorry) that can do all that sort of stuff for you.

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    dxx;5496485

    The Xbox 360 control pad is magic. Loads of games support it natively, so … The Xbox 360 control pad is magic. Loads of games support it natively, so you don't need to mess about with mapping buttons or any of that nonsence. And you can map keys and keycombos to buttons if you like. There's some custom drivers out on t'interweb somewhere (their name escapes me, sorry) that can do all that sort of stuff for you.



    i have a 360 so i would be used to the layout/ feel of the pad but i am also fond of playstation controllers aswell, i am mostly going to be using this for emulators like ps and n64 aswell as some older consoles so a pad would be best as you would expect, pc games i dont mind that much playing with a keyboard as i play RTS games mostly and i leave shooters for the console but i am looking to play a bit of counterstrike and team fortress aswell so a pad would be useful for that

    dxx;5496485

    The Xbox 360 control pad is magic. Loads of games support it natively, so … The Xbox 360 control pad is magic. Loads of games support it natively, so you don't need to mess about with mapping buttons or any of that nonsence. And you can map keys and keycombos to buttons if you like. There's some custom drivers out on t'interweb somewhere (their name escapes me, sorry) that can do all that sort of stuff for you.



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    Well some one has posted a deal up here > hotukdeals.com/ite…36/

    Would that be any good?

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    I hope its for Racing and RPG's and not FPS!!

    lmgtfy.com/?q=…ads

    Try the first link.....:roll:

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    I hope its for Racing and RPG's and not … I hope its for Racing and RPG's and not FPS!!http://lmgtfy.com/?q=top+ten+pc+padsTry the first link.....:roll:



    cheers for that one mate

    It can depend on what kind of pad you're familiar with or have used before, but generally you'll find that most will recommend one of 2 pads. People who have used Playstation pads prefer the Logitech Rumblepad 2 (corded or wireless, your preference) and for those who have played on a Xbox, as other have already mentioned, there's a Windows version of the Xbox 360 pad (again corded or wireless).

    The Xbox 360 pad has greater native support since there are now a lot of console game ports from Games for Windows, but the pad itself is quite pricey compared to the Rumblepad 2. Also be wary that some people seem to have problems with the wireless Xbox 360 pad on Vista, this might be down to driver conflict or just general shoddiness of Vista.

    If you're going to use the pad primarily on older games via emulators, especially a Playstation emulator, then I'd have to suggest the Rumblepad 2 because it's basically a Playstation Sixaxis clone. However, I've never liked how the D (directional) pad is split into separate buttons on the Playstation/Rumblepad controller, I find that this makes it difficult to pull off arcade type moves such as those found in Street Fighter games (the quarter circle or semi circle moves). This isn't so much of a problem on the Xbox 360 pad plus, as mentioned earlier, with better native support for more current games, this is probably a wiser purchase.

    Something you might find handy if you intend to play a lot of games with a pad, particularly those that don't support them, is ]Xpadder (that's version 5.3 which is the last free version, it seems the developer has started charging for later versions). As the ]website blurb says it "will simulate keypresses and mouse movements using a gamepad". It takes a little while to set up profiles, but I use it all the time and find it invaluable.

    If you buy a pad other than a Xbox 360 controller, you may find that in some games (usually ones that are badly ported from consoles, such as Grand Theft Auto 4) will only let you use a pad if it's the official Xbox 360 one. Some smart folk have come up with a ]Xbox 360 controller emulator which does exactly that, tricks your PC/game of choice to thinking you have a Xbox 360 pad plugged in so you can use any other pad you desire for that game. Again, you'll need to spend some time to set it up right for whatever game you choose to use it with, but it works well.

    I use a wired Xbox 360 controller using the XBCD drivers.

    xbcd360guide.50webs.com/

    Works perfectly and retains full functions including rumble etc.
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