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The Strange PC from 24 Years Ago: Microsoft's 1999 Controller Upgrade

In 1999 Microsoft presented a new controller for the computer system and need to be particularly more pleasant. This model has nearly absolutely nothing in typical with contemporary devices. In 1999, a gaming controller came onto the marketplace with the Sidewinder Double Strike who was focused on PC players. That was still before Microsoft introduced his first Xbox.


Due to the fact that this only appeared in competitors with PlayStation 2 in November 2001. Today's gamers are most likely to see the design of the controller rather skeptically. This controller is now far from today's ergonomic devices. The design came onto the market for $80 (today around 100 euros) and could not convince everybody. Maybe a reason you will not discover this model amongst the very best controllers for PC and Xbox:

Controller already used modern-day functions in 1999 that everybody uses today

What could the game pad? The Sidewinder Double Strike offered a great deal of buttons. On the left there are a D-pad and 3 buttons.

On the right side, 4 buttons on the front of a flight stick, which was linked to the left part by a huge ball. Behind the ball is the concept of being able to intend exactly on challengers. This ought to make the mouse in shooters unnecessary in the long term. All other buttons in the keyboard were on the other secrets of the controller. In this regard, the device currently offered some contemporary functions in 1999, which we likewise understand from today's hardware: So you could configure 8 buttons with 16 functions. Thanks to a switch feature, you might double all buttons. A feature that now integrates all major makers such as Racer, Rocket or Logitech into their hardware. You can see a test video consisting of unboxing on YouTube:

tester slammed a much too steep learning curve

At that time, the tester was just able to convince the brand-new controller, which was mainly due to the strong competition through the mouse and keyboard. The ideas were creative, however the mouse and keyboard already worked excellently in PC video games and many were just too intricate with the Sidewinder Double Strike. The British magazine Gamer explains video gaming with the model, as if you are trying to play System Shock 2 by solving a Rubik's Cube. For lots of, it was merely unworthy infiltrating a control that did not work as well as mouse and keyboard. You provided a strange sight at every LAN celebration where you revealed up with such a controller. 6 crazy controllers with which you can truly play


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