The Xbox 360 controller for Windows is the perfect companion for anyone who's into gaming, especially on their PCs, as it offers a huge helping of benefits, over standard keyboard and mouse setups.
The controller has been designed to fit comfortably in the palm of its user and as such all the buttons are spaced in such a way that, pressing in combos, is no longer such a daunting task; eliminating the need to ponder over keyboard layouts, in order to figure out what exactly each button does. While it may not offer the exact same pin-precision over a mouse in a first person shooter, it features a rumble function which adds a nice and immersive touch with compatible games.
Other than what you can see in the picture the controller comes with all the essentials you'd expect such as driver discs, and manuals. The controller itself apart from being wired (USB) features an expansion port for additional devices, such as headsets (which are not included). Even though the controller is wired and we're in the wireless era, the cable is sufficiently lengthy to meet most users requirements and with a cable you can be sure there's not going to be much interference with other devices. The controller itself can be plugged into any Xbox 360 system as well as any compatible PC system, offering a pleasant cross-platform interface.
Setting up the controller is as simple as installing the drivers from the provided disc and then inserting the controller into a vacant USB port. Xbox 360 console owners can however download the relevant drivers for their operating system from the Microsoft website and plug in their console controllers into their PCs and get going. Most new game titles that feature the 'Games for Windows' slogan will automatically recognise the controller (if properly installed) and allocate the keyboard configurations onto the controller, while older titles may require you to manually assign a function to each button.
In summary the Xbox 360 controller for Windows is a must for anyone who's looking to break away from their current keyboard and mouse setups, for gaming purposes, and offers a new dimension in PC gaming. Features such as cross platform connectivity and support from current and upcoming titles make this controller a hard to resist peripheral.