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