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'Xbox Controller S' - Overview

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 11:02 a.m. PST

Xbox Controller S is Microsoft’s answer to gamers that wanted more choice, and a controller that better suited their style of play. Smaller than the standard Xbox controller and featuring a new button layout, Xbox Controller S allows gamers to choose the controller most comfortable to them.

The following are differences between Xbox Controller S (available at retail) and Xbox Controller (available at retail, and packaged inside all Xbox Video Game Systems).

  • Size/Comfort — Xbox Controller S is smaller. This design enables gamers with smaller hands a proper fit and is more comfortable for them during extended periods of play.
  • Primary Button Placement — With Xbox Controller S, the new button placement is a more traditional cross layout. The four primary buttons are easier to reach, which is an important feature in certain games where quick button combination selection is necessary.
  • Ease of Reach for Secondary Buttons — The black and white buttons are located below the primary buttons instead of at the top of the controller.
  • Revised D-pad Surface — For improved directional movement, the surface of the D-pad has been modified into a cross pattern.
  • Start/Back Buttons— These buttons are now located below the left thumbstick.
  • Thumbstick Surfaces — The surfaces on the thumbsticks have been changed slightly, and an increase in surface area allows more thumb room.

Xbox Controller S is slightly different from the Japanese controller in the following ways:

  • Cable Length — The length of the controller cable has increased from 2.5 meters to 3 meters.
  • Updated Button Appearance — To more closely resemble Xbox Controller, the look of the primary buttons has been updated.
  • Revised D-pad Surface— Minor improvements in the D-pad surface make it more comfortable for extended play.
  • Revised Start/Back Button Height — To reduce inadvertent actuation of the buttons, the height of the start/back buttons has been lowered by a few millimeters.
  • Stronger Springs in the Triggers — For better tactile feedback and a more intense gameplay experience, the springs in the triggers have been reinforced.
  • Jewel Color—The green jewel has been replaced with a black Xbox jewel.
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