Remember "GameShark?" How about "Game Genie?" For older gamers, these
names bring back memories of a time when game cheats required extra
hardware, as our consoles weren't exactly equipped with extra memory or
Internet connections -- things that make entering cheat codes easy
today. These days, it's pretty tough to cheat when playing online, and
that's a good thing. Companies have implemented technologies such as
PunkBuster in order to keep the playing field level, but now, Xbox 360
users can get a leg-up on the competition.
The XIM3 is an upgraded version of the XIM2, but it's so much more
advanced that it's hard to even remember what the old model looked like.
The purpose of this peripheral is to give Xbox 360 gamers the ability
to control gameplay with more than just a traditional gamepad. Many
console users would greatly prefer to use a keyboard + mouse combo
rather than a gamepad, and this adapter makes that possible.
It also allows gamers to utilize their favorite PC gamepads instead of
the Xbox 360 gamepad, and it's able to transfer commands in real-time so
there's no controller lag to worry about. The onboard full-color
display makes the configuration of your new controllers an easy process,
and it's even upgradable in the future via firmware updates. The
company is expected to re-open their web store on Monday following a
slam of orders over the weekend, and there's a video below showing how
much your game could be improved if you're more inclined to handle
fast-paced action with a mouse + keyboard combo.
It's $149.99, though, so definitely not an impulse purchase.