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So I want to be able to play fighting games on a 360, but the D-Pad on the standard controller is terrible. I don't really want to use an arcade stick either.

Are there any controllers for the Xbox 360 that are specifically designed for using the D-Pad to play fighting games?

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Shopping recommendations are considered off-topic on this site, so I'm voting to close. Please read the FAQ. – Mana Jan 12 '11 at 13:54
They actually make a very specific controller just for this use case. Its the Silver Play&Charge Controller. You can't buy it without the charger kit, but the D-Pad does adjust (by rotating it) from 360 standard to a classic D-Pad – tzenes Jan 12 '11 at 15:55
@Mana I reworded it so it is not a shopping recommendation. IT IS RELATED TO GAMING, so please explain, HOW IS THIS OFF TOPIC? "Shopping recommendations are considered off-topic for the website. They are too specific, often localized, and are open to a lot of subjectivity." Well I hardly see this as too specific or localized, so can this please be reponed? @bwarner @Oak – theorise Jan 18 '11 at 16:39
There are discussions on meta for the justifications for why "X recommendations" are off-topic. Please open or add to a post on meta if you'd like to discuss it. – Dave McClelland Jan 18 '11 at 17:41
Because of (1) danixd's edit removing the reference to price and (2) tzenes' edit changing "better for" to "especially designed for", I'm reopening the question. If anyone still feels strongly that it should be closed or that it shouldn't have been closed in its original form, please do so in the appropriate discussion on the meta site. – Oak Jan 19 '11 at 8:24
up vote 2 down vote accepted

MadCatz released, along with arcade sticks, a FightPad. I haven't used it myself, but I've read good reviews.

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Thanks, this looks like the best option before an arcade stick. – theorise Jan 20 '11 at 9:50

There is new Razer Onza pad in development which looks very promising. D-pad design is different from other controllers (they also call it "Precision D-Pad" whatever that means), but most importantly there are 2 extra programmable shoulder buttons and analog sticks with adjustable resistance (and hopefully less dead zone). Regular buttons should be different too with faster response (similar to mouse buttons). There is no in-depth reviews yet, but it is just about to start shipping.

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You should get the Silver Play&Charge Controller. It comes with a specially designed D-Pad that can be "rotated" dropping away the plastic in-between and making for a more classic D-Pad feel.

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It seems this controller has bad reviews for fighting games.… – theorise Jan 20 '11 at 9:50

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