Monday, October 24, 2011

Goodbye, DualShock 3! Hello...Xbox Controller?

For ages, those who HATE the DualShock 3 - for a better term, let's use "absolutely fucking despise" - there's only been a few third-party solutions while we wait for Sony to revise their controller design from 15 years ago. You've got Nyko's Raven and Power A's PS3 Pro Elite, among a smorgasbord of bullshit that others think can do the Xbox controller justice. Power A's controller (above) has been deemed "the best PlayStation 3 controller right now, precisely because it's not shaped like a PS3 controller." Well said, Gizmodo. Well said.

For those who feel the Xbox 360 controller is the best controller on the market (this guy does, among many), the only solution we've had for actually using an Xbox controller on the PS3 was Ben Heck's sexy amalgamation that gutted the Xbox wireless controller, crammed in the DualShock 3's innards, sprinkled some magic and unicorn blood in it and got this wonderful beauty you see on your left.

This is, by far, the best option in terms of form and functionality (if you don't have the cunning, or cash, don't even bother). However, I lack the soldering/bread boarding skills that Ben has and the cash that anyone that's not working for retail has themselves.

I did, however, find this:

This, my friends, is the XCM Cross Battle Adapter. Simply plug this into your PS3, plug a wired Xbox 360 controller into it and shazam! Your Xbox controller now works on your PS3!

"But Tim, doesn't this cost a fortune? Plus, all my Xbox controllers are wireless."

Ah, therein lies a wonderful fact. Yes, it sells for $50, but if you're frugal, get on eBay. I just scored this adapter and a wired 360 controller for $40 shipped ($25 and $15, respectively). That's the price of a new, third-party knock-off 360 controller replica.

I'll post impressions once it arrives.