Amazon Price: $9.99 (as of May 25, 2013 10:20 am –
Are you still using a keyboards directional keys for up and down, left and right movements in games? Well here’s an 8-way D-pad will let you quickly move and have everything within your reach. The Genius G-08XU
D-pad fits perfectly in your fingers and its much easier to use than the directional keys. And, with 8 action buttons, including 4 ergonomic triggers; you can use both hands to play your favorite game!Worry about changing your gaming from the keyboard?Just grip MaxFire G-08XU, plug in the USB interface to your PC, and meet the challenge head-on.
Ergonomic game controller design
High precision 8-way D-pad
Eight programmable function buttons include four triggers
Convenient plug and play USB interface, no driver required
Supports Windows XP/Me/2000/98
Product Dimensions: 29 x 16 x 17 inches ; 2 pounds
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Item model number: G-08XU
Date first available at Amazon.com: May 23, 2006
Almost perfect for emulators!
It’s no secret that this gamepad does NOT really look anything like the controllers used for the old consoles, (NES, SNES, etc.)
That said – this is a GREAT, affordable game controller for the classics. This controller feels quite solid even though it is SUPER-light weight. The buttons (including the D-pad) are very responsive. The D-pad is the directional control pad on the controller by the way.
The only slight flaw to this controller can be EASILY overcome with some thought. See, this controller has NO designated start and select buttons. I simply assigned two of the trigger keys on the top of the controller to act as the start and select keys inside my emulator’s settings. Works perfect for me!
In conclusion – this is NOT AT ALL for serious (modern) gamers. It does NOT have force feedback, dual shock, or any of those (worthless to me) features. But if you are looking for a comfortable, easy-to-use controller for your classic games and emulators, but don’t want to pay big money for the modified authentic controllers out there – BUY AT LEAST A COUPLE OF THESE great little works of affordable tech.
By the way – I OWN legal copies of ALL of the games that I play using emulators. I just can’t get the consoles to work any more after YEARS of extensive game play.
Nicely constructed controller, and not too expensive.
I use this controller for Windows XP which locates and installs the driver right away. There doesn’t seem to be much need for calibrating it that I’ve noticed, but to get the most out of this controller I recommend a free program called “Xpadder” which will allow you to assign keyboard functions to the D-pad and the eight buttons. Xpadder can be downloaded from the Major Geeks web site at majorgeeks.com. If you use the Firefox web browser, you can find a plug in for that web site for your search bar using Mycroft Project. You’ll be able to play games which normally use the keyboard much better.
sweet little controller, plug and play and go
plug this in, instantly recognised by windows, and start fifa 07 and you are instantly good to go. I played non stop for months and this controller never faltered once, players who are used to analog controllers on the xbox/playstation may miss them but trust me most games function excellently without them. The only game I couldn’t use this on was devil may cry 3, the movement control was locked to an analog stick and it couldn’t be adjusted. Performance at this price is incredible, me and my bro love sports games and this lil baby was made to play them.
So far so good
I got this for my kids who play video games from time to time on our home pc. I thought it would be easier for them then using the keyboard keys. All I did was plug it into the back of the pc & it worked right away without any type of extra set up. We have only had it for about a month so only time will tell about the quality of it…but so far so good.
Great pad for a great price
A lot of PC gamers would be very thankful for this joypad.
PROS: Smooth operation, great response.
CONS: Some slowness on some MAME games, and some floatiness on others.
I got this controller to play old school 8-bit system emulators. It works fine, but after the first 5 minutes of use the 3 button began sticking and started becoming stuck down. It doesn’t seem to affect game playing, but it makes the controller feel weird. It’s kind of slippery and bulky. Similar in appearance to Xbox controller. It’s probably not the best controller for what I’m doing. I would not buy another one.
Good for price
I bought this planning to prepare my new computer for games. For the price it’s a decent pick. The buttons are nice and there’s enough of a USB cord to move around. My only complain is that not all games are configured to it and some of the ones that are keep telling me about a ninth button, which there isn’t. Other than that it works great.