So, I need yet another new controller. Here's a little background:
I have a Joytech wired Xbox 360 controller that *almost* works great on the PC. The problem is with the drivers which recognizes all buttons but the lower shoulder ones, which causes a serious issue with the amount of bindings you need in FFXI. I encountered the same issue with an Microsoft branded xbox wired controller, so it's a driver issue and not the hardware. Both controllers install the same Microsoft driver, automatically downloaded from their site.
Before anyone points me over to the unsanctioned third party hacks - I've tried them. It seems that once you have installed the Microsoft version of the controller drivers, you can't install the XBCD drivers with any success without ripping apart the registry in your system, and that project has long since been abandoned anyway. Please don't point me to that site, because I am looking for a solution from a reputable company that will work with minimal intervention from me, and XBCD is NOT it.
I have been through two controllers that are designed for the pc but are pieces of junk. They are the retractable cord kind, and what happens is whenever you put the controller down something jars loose and the usb connection is broken for a few seconds. On occasion, this locks up the game. I have been unable to find any wired PC controllers that appear to be of good quality.
While I do enjoy the style of both the Xbox controllers and the SixAxis controllers, it would probably be more useful to invest in another Xbox controller since I have a 360 but no Ps3.
1. Does anyone use the new wireless Xbox controller that is designed for use in Windows specifically with FFXI? The reason I ask is because it is imperative that the lower shoulder buttons are recognized as individual buttons rather than axis, which is what the drivers for the wired versions sees them as. The lower shoulder buttons when playing on the 360 are typically bound to the left and right macro sets, and the left top is bound to the autorun button. This is incredibly convenient and something that is sorely missed when using the wired xbox controllers on the PC. I have had to bind the autorun key to the start button in order to use the top shoulder buttons for the macro palettes, and I can't even begin to tell you what a pain in the ass this is.
If someone could be so kind as to either confirm that all the buttons work, or let me know that they don't work on the newer wireless ones either, I would appreciate it. I am in dire need of a fully functional controller and I am not throwing money away on any more second rate cheap pieces of PC garbage.
I have heard testimony that the Sixaxis controllers work well with the PC, but for now I am only concerned with the 360 controllers.
Thanks for any help you can give!