Built on the design of the Precision Pro, the Force Feedback Pro differed only in the inclusion of motors for the force feedback effects, and the lack of USB compatibility. Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site. So that means you’ve got two choices nowadays — either get more buttons and less comfortable control, or keep your nice Sidewinder look and feel, but lose two main buttons, and the Mode and Start and M buttons who used M, anyway? Is there a solution of this problem between de software versions Windows 98 and Windows 7 Home Premium. Retrieved 19 October Wanting to take advantage of the novice gamer and with the possibilities of packaging with new systems – Microsoft succeeded in making this device one of better creations coming from Redmond.

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The Precision Pro introduced a new stick that was far more ergonomic than the “geometric” design of the 3D Pro. The Strategic Commander is a highly ergonomic device, and resembles a large mouse in shape, contoured for the left hand.

One of the main gamepa in the Force Feedback 2 was the removal of the power brick.

Microsoft SideWinder Plug & Play Game Pad

The Freestyle Pro, released inwas a unique gamepad, as the up-down-left-right directions in analogue mode were controlled by the physical movement of the controller, more precisely by the absolute pitch and roll position of the pad. You can follow the question or vote as helpful, but you cannot sidewindsr to this thread.

Views Read Edit View history. This joystick came in two varieties: Microsoft also gave the rest of the Precision Pro a more rounded design, replacing the rectangular base buttons with more rounded versions at the top of the base, the slider-based throttle with a wheel-based throttle, and the base itself was made more rounded.


This new iteration incorporated new Microsoft BlueTrack tracking technology, intended to provide better tracking on non-standard surfaces. The overall size sidewinedr weight difference was not so great with the use of smaller motors.

The Game Voice is an early voice chat device. Sure the buttons are a little fatter and sidewnder, but it’s clear! I personally love to stare at the wiring and guts of my gadgets, so I’m more than happy with the new changes. Fred Iyc and Edie Adams [10] are among the 17 people who have signed it.

Retrieved 5 August USB connectivity being what it is, you won’t just have to plug this thing in and begin playing.

The sale box contained the game port-to-USB adapter for free. Using the Precision 2 design once again, Microsoft introduced a value-oriented SideWinder joystick, simply called the SideWinder Joystick.

Microsoft Sidewinder Plug N Play Game Pad PC Controller

For its electronics, the Precision Pro featured a refined hybrid system, resolving some of the hardware compatibility issues with the 3D Pro. To provide power for the puck LEDs and drive the voice command and channel functions, a USB microdoft was also required. Xbox on Windows Phone Zune games.

It features up to 30 programmable macro keys, volume control, media control, a detachable numpad and backlighting. Finally in Jedi Knight controller worked correctly even if I lost! As of OctoberMicrosoft no longer has any Sidewinder branded products on its hardware website. Infollowing a collaboration with Razer in creating the Microsoft Habu and Microsoft Reclusa, a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard sold under the microsof Microsoft Hardware brand, Microsoft resurrected the SideWinder brand with an all-new SideWinder Mouse, designed from the ground up for high-end PC gaming.


The line was first launched in By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. However, due to a flaw in the design of the Precision Pro, in rare cases the stick would build up a static charge in its electronics and require either a complex process to discharge that was not always successful, or simply needed to stay unpowered for a number of hours to slowly discharge on its own.

Microsoft Sidewinder USB Gamepad

However, these competing software packages do not offer voice command systems. As Microsoft’s first SideWinder joystick, the 3D Pro was responsible for setting the overall design as seen in all of Microsoft’s future joysticks.

As a result, the Game Voice ultimately lost that market. The original Microsoft SideWinder gamepad had a digital directional pad, six fire buttons, two trigger buttons, and a “Mode” and “Start” button.

Trending Microskft New. Microsoft discontinued the product in Retrieved from ” https: The device also has three movement axes; X, Y and Z rotation. The joystick was widely praised in its inception and was one of the few joysticks with multiple buttons that did not require a keyboard pass-through.