Microsoft is the biggest software giant and they produce different types of software including online games also. Recently they announced the retail availability of its first cross-platform game controller and the latest addition to the Microsoft Game precision series. They launched the Xbox 360 controller for Windows, it delivers the precision and control that will set the standard for next-generation game controllers.
Microsoft corporate vice president and chief XNA officer, Mr. J Allard said in an interview that This controller is a great example of one of the many areas where the Xbox 360 and Windows platforms complement each other. He also said that Xbox 360 controller is an important step in making it easier for consumers to enjoy gaming on both platforms.
There are so many advantages of this controller such as, it can works with Windows XP-based PCs and the Xbox 360 system. It has a comfortable, enhanced ergonomic design, force feedback vibration support and a familiar button layout across both platform. There are amazing reviews about this controller like director of the Windows gaming and graphics team, Mr. Chris Donahue said that for the first time, gamers will simply unplug their controller from their Xbox 360 system and plug it into Windows XP-based system. Xbox 360 controller can be a path breaker for gaming industry and it will make easier for developers to create multiplatform titles.
The Xbox 360 controller retail product will be available with a driver for Windows XP-based PCs. One of the main advantage of this controller is that the wired Xbox 360 controller will also work on Windows XP-based computers. Users just have to download the available drivers from Microsoft. It will have a 9-foot breakaway cable that is comfortable for USB ports.
The drivers are easily available via download from Windows updates at www.windowsupdate.comand also at Microsoft hardware Web site at www.microsoft.com/hardware. it is also available at a retail price of $39.99 in north America.
The response from the partner companies of Microsoft is really good and they are hoping more from Microsoft gaming environment.
Microsoft also announced controller-free games for Xbox 360 and it is becoming very popular. The controller named as Kinect Adventurous pack and it offers tremendous entertainment value for the whole family. Kinect is the most unique, complete and affordable way for everyone to enjoy controller-free fun and entertainment. Kinect has full body, voice and ability to play games.
With Kinect, you have 15 games available which includes “Kinectimals,” “Kinect Sports,” “Kinect Joy Ride” and MTV Games’ and Harmonix’s “Dance Central” will retail for $49.99 (U.S. ERP). When you will start playing these games,, your living room will become more as a fitness club, dance clubs and sports stadiums. This is a really exciting product from Microsoft and you can just begin a movie by simply saying, “Xbox,play,” or you can browse pictures with a wave of hand. Kinect is a major leap forward in the gaming experience in the gaming experience that will appeal to bothe mainstream and casual gamers.