Microsoft Corporation XBOX Controller S - 'Akebono' Rev C

While the rest of the world received the larger Xbox Controller "Fatty" or "Duke" bundled with the original XBOX in Japan the "Controller S" also known as the "Akebono" was included instead.

Due to arguably fair criticism of the Fatty controller design by 2002 in the US the Controller S had replaced the Fatty as the pack-in controller and in Europe the following year. The Fatty could however still be purchased as a separate accessory.

Both the Fatty and Controller S offer two analogue thumb sticks, a directional pad (pressure sensitive), two analogue triggers, six 8-bit analogue action buttons, 'Start' and 'Back' buttons, two vibration motors and two accessory ports.

An often overlooked innovation is the controller, console and often life saving 'breakaway' cable which separates just past where they connect to the XBOX should you trip over them; usually killing your dude but not pulling your system onto the floor. The cables weren't damaged in the process and could be easily reconnected.

The controller connects to the XBOX using a proprietary USB interface, however with a little jiggery pokery and 3rd party drivers they will work on a standard PC USB controller.

The two accessory ports found to the rear of the controller accepts eight megabyte memory cards to which save game data can be saved either in-game or from the XBOX dashboard memory manager utility. This allows most save game data to be moved from one XBOX to another, however some games prevented this feature.

The XBOX controllers are not natively compatible with the XBOX 360 or XBOX One.

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