The Budget Gamer: Special Edition - Titanium X-Joy Converter
Written By: J.
So Iím sitting watching
G4TV right, I
know, I know, itís a pretty crappy channel, but what can I say, when
nothing else is on my TV usually ends up there sooner or later,
anyway Iím sitting watching G4TV when the guy on
starts talking about how to turn an Xbox controller into a USB
gamepad for the PC. Itís incredibly simply how itís done too: you
basically cut the cable on an Xbox controller, cut the cable on the
end of a USB connector, and twist the wires of corresponding colors
together. Connect it to the PC, download some drivers, and youíre
ready to play. So Iím sitting there, watching him play
on the PC, thinking ďHoly crap! Thatís the coolest thing Iíve ever
seen!Ē The only problem was you essentially have to destroy a
perfectly good Xbox controller and perfectly good USB connector in
the process. So I figure if itís that easy to do there must
be something out there that converts the controller without
destroying it and pretty much limiting it to PC use only. Enter the
Titanium X-Joy Converter.
This has to be the best $13 bucks Iíve ever spent. Iíve spent years
looking for just the right gamepad for the PC, but have always kept
a limit on how much I was looking to spend. I knew I didnít play
that many PC games that worked better with pads, and spending
$50 on something to play emulated NES games was a little
counter-productive, so Iíd just keep waiting until the right thing
came along. Well, the wait is over. This little beauty lets your
Xbox controller pull double-time, working as a PC pad AND
your Xbox controller on the fly. You connect the X-Joy Converter
to your Xbox controller through the little ďbreakawayĒ point that
looks like a PS/2 end. This act of pour genius makes switching from
the Xbox to the PC as simple as humanly possible - unplug, plug,
install drivers, enjoy: no cutting, no wire twisting, and no
senseless destruction of a perfectly good pad. You can leave the
other end of the Xbox controller and the X-Joy connected to their
respective systems and just switch the pad back and forth whenever
you need to - essentially getting two pads for the price ofÖ well,
none considering that the Xbox comes with a free one and you
couldnít find a descent PC pad for $13 if you tried!
ok, so by now Iím sure youíre thinking ďInterestingÖĒ, right? Well,
what if I told you that the drivers FULLY SUPPORT ALL XBOX
CONTROLLER PROPERITES? I am not joking - Iím talking full analog
support, full stick support including the ďinsideĒ click
buttons, AND force feedback where available! Everything the
controller can do on your Xbox it can do on your PC. It can handle
even the most complex button configurations for games like Hitman
2, and the pseudo-six button layout of the original (i.e.
Gigantor) Xbox pad can fill in for any of the older console
controllers, you emulation gamers out there.
If you have an Xbox and spend any
time with PC games that just donít fit the mouse/keyboard
configuration, there is no reason to not have this thing.
Itís cost effective out the yin-yang, itís nearly idiot-proof to
install, it doesnít limit your Xbox controller to just PC use or
ruin a perfectly good USB cable, and its just plain old cool as
sells them for $10.09 + $3 shipping and handling, providing links at
the bottom of the page to where the drivers can be found as well. In
four days your package will arrive straight from Hong Kong and
youíll be able to enjoy some truly righteous budget hardware!
Cheap as hell.
Piece of cake to install and configure.
Two pads for the price of none.
What, you donít have one already? It really is as amazing as it
sounds. Sports titles, racing games, action-adventure, old-school
emulation, it does it all! Go order it now!