"The decision to make Controller S standard in Europe was based on feedback from gamers," said Michel Cassius, Senior Director, Xbox Platform and Marketing. "The majority of gamers preferred Controller S to the original Xbox controller, and we saw an opportunity to further improve the Xbox offering to new gamers. Not only is Xbox amazing value, with a built in hard disc and broadband adapter for Xbox Live gaming plus Dolby 5.1 sound and exceptional DVD playback, but it now offers the gamer's choice in controllers."
Key differences between Xbox Controller S and Xbox Controller are:
Size/Comfort — Xbox Controller S is smaller. This design enables gamers with smaller hands to enjoy 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.
The standard Xbox Controller will still be sold separately at retail while stocks last.