Site Overlay


Four action buttons and two triggers are easy to use without having to look at the pad. In March , Microsoft released a second gaming keyboard, the Sidewinder X4. Did this solve your problem? The only moving parts were mechanical on the throttle and joystick pivots which gave this joystick virtually unlimited lifetime. Anyone else a little bitter about the whole “Plug and Play” fiasco?

Uploader: Arashishicage
Date Added: 2 November 2004
File Size: 10.64 Mb
Operating Systems: Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/2003/7/8/10 MacOS 10/X
Downloads: 88730
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]

This item doesn’t belong on this page. One thing’s for sure — it’s definitely slicker than the original Sidewinder in terms of style, without pplay all that much. However, with the widespread introduction of USB in consumer computers shortly after the Precision Pro was released, Microsoft soon re-released the joystick in a USB-compatible form joysticks labeled as Part No.

Show More Show Less. The left ahd of the controller features an eight-direction d-pad which function varies depending on which mode the controller is on.

Microsoft SideWinder

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site. Microsoft SideWinder is the general name given to the family of digital game controllers developed by Microsoft for PCs. Overall though, you should be able to get this to work with nearly everything on this beautiful planet in a matter of minutes, so it’s still a heap of a lot better than the parallel days. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Microsoft Sidewinder Plug & Play Game Pad Review – IGN

Along with this keyboard a new mouse was released dubbed the SideWinder X5. The design incorporated a number of advanced features including adjustable weights, programmable macro mode, on- the- fly DPI change, and a built-in Plzy display, the first ever found in a mouse.


Make older programs run in this version of Windows http: You may also like.

Tell us about your experience with our site. Video game controllers Microsoft hardware.

The 3D Pro had a unique feature in that ganepad could fall-back to an gamelad emulation’ mode, where it could emulate either a CH Flightstick Pro or a Thrustmaster FCS Selectable by a switch on the basein environments where the digital mode would not work.

The Precision Pro 2 had reintroduced potentiometers to save money and thus their lifetime was limited to wear and tear of the potentiometers. This article needs additional citations for verification. It was the first wheel controller to contain force feedback. The Globe and Mail. In spite of its value designation, the SideWinder Joystick was functionally similar to the Precision 2. The stick was especially popular with MechWarrior and Descent players as it was one of the few multi-button joysticks supported by the games natively.

The driver software also allowed it to function as a voice command device using programmable macros. Due to the inclusion of the motors, the Force Feedback Pro was significantly larger and heavier than the Precision Pro, making it easy to differentiate between the two.

By then, the market for voice chat had seen miceosoft competition from downloadable and free-to-use software like Ventrilo and TeamSpeakamong others. Hopefully the direction button is the same that the one of the Game Pad Pro: Software was included for the device to provide hotkeys for a number of then popular games.


Gamepads sold on the website use Microsoft’s Xbox or Xbox One branding. Now I’m pretty stupid in general, but I made sure to look around the box before ggamepad it to make sure that there weren’t any signs that said “product doesn’t actually light up.

Microsoft SideWinder Plug & Play Game Pad “Unknown Device” – Microsoft Community

The Strategic Commander is a highly ergonomic device, and resembles a large mouse in shape, contoured for the left hand. The Dual Strike attempted to blend both mouse and gamepad functions into a single unit. Infollowing a collaboration with Razer in creating the Microsoft Habu and Microsoft Reclusa, a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard sold under the plain Microsoft Hardware brand, Microsoft resurrected the SideWinder brand with an all-new SideWinder Mouse, designed from the ground up for high-end PC gaming.

However, the detachable numpad was removed, and a numpad was instead attached permanently to the keyboard. PC users, on the other hand, tended to spend as much time installing a joystick as they did installing Windows, due to the plsy of port problems and other crap that got in the way of playing your favorite game.

No more “Mode” button, no “Start” button, and most importantly, no parallel port interface. The Precision Pro also added a shift button to the base, doubling the number of possible button combinations.