Windows gets Xbox 360 gamepad

It's a widely-known spot of gadget trivia that the controller sockets on the original Xbox were little more than disguised USB ports.Well, it's now mo

It's a widely-known spot of gadget trivia that the controller sockets on the original Xbox were little more than disguised USB ports.

Well, it's now more than just idle tech talk - the wired version of the new Xbox 360's controller will also work with any Windows XP computer.

That's good news in our gaming book. For reasons that escape us, a lot of PC games controllers pale in comparison to their console cousins. The 360's new gamepad, on the other four-thumbed hand, is a slimline and ergonomic little number. It also comes with a generously lengthy 9-foot cable that - crucially for clumsy wire-tripping people like us - has a 'breakaway' two-part design in case you accidentally yank it too hard.

There's no news yet on whether Windows fans will get to play with the wireless version though we suspect a PC USB widget is on the way. An imminent annoucement from Microsoft that the Xbox Live headset also works with PCs wouldn't surprise us either.

The snappily-named Xbox 360 Controller for Windows will go on sale for £25 in early December.

Pick up the December issue of Stuff, out 3rd November, for the full lowdown on the Xbox 360.

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