The Xbox and Xbox 360 controllers have extra connections a few inches after the male USB connector. What is the purpose of this extra connection?


It's so that the controller becomes unplugged at the breakaway point when the cable is pulled a little, rather than yanking on your console or controller. This design mitigates the age old "tripped on the controller cable; yanked my NES off the entertainment center" conundrum.

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    Don't forget bent and ruined connectors and wrecked cables. – SevenSidedDie Apr 11 '13 at 3:49
  • Haha. So why not use a magnet, sort of like apple. Those are the only connectors I've ever seen actually disconnect when tripped over. – Sponge Bob Apr 11 '13 at 5:47
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    Really? I thought I was always lucky when I was wading through the mess in my room and tripped over the Xbox cable. You're telling me Microsoft designed that for me? <3 – Joetjah Apr 11 '13 at 6:48
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    @KeeganMcCarthy: Well, Apple has a patent on those connectors. – André Paramés Apr 11 '13 at 8:28

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