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XFX XGear Gamepads

XFX are a brand well known for their Nvidia graphics cards, but with a name in gaming hardware, they're now looking to move into new areas. Behold, then, the XFX XGear Controllers.

The controllers are standard USB gamepads, featuring dual analogue sticks, a standard four-button face arrangement and 4 shoulder triggers. They support macro recording of keypresses, as well as the ever-present 'Turbo' mode, which I don't think has been used since the days of Sonic on the MegaDrive.

The controllers come in both corded and cordless versions, the latter having a USB dongle to connect to, and featuring switches for vibration control and power on the back of the unit (both to save power).

The corded version costs around £9.99, with the cordless at £19.99, with roughly £/$ 1:1 pricing in the States. They're not on the virtual shelves yet, but they will be with your favourite XFX e-tailer in days!

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The wireless controller comes with the receiver dongle and four AAs to power it, as well as a manual and CD of drivers. Unfortunately, the CD is a mini one, meaning instant spinning death to slot-loading users.

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The front right has a diamond-style configuration. Rather than go for any kind of fancy button design, XFX have kept it simple and gone for a simple 1-8 numbering system. This makes life a lot easier, since games that assign a function to 'Button 1' don't leave you guessing as to whether that's the red one, or the green one, or whatever.

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The two triggers are different sizes, unlike PS2 buttons. You can also see here the wireless control buttons.

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Rather funkily, the dongle lights up an XFX logo when it's connected - the button on top syncs it with the controller. You can see on the right that the D-pad has rather a lot of play. This will come as something of an oddity to those used to the small amount of travel in the PS2 Dual-Shock pad.