The FINAL FANTASY XIV Controller combines the comfort of a controller with the multifunctionality of a keyboard. With two analog sticks, a d-pad and vibration feedback, the FINAL FANTASY XIV Controller is a full-featured gamepad – and thanks to its 12 digital buttons, users can access all of the special functions of the F1-F12 keys directly on the controller itself. The special driver that makes it all possible is available for download here.
Final Fantasy is the latest episode of the world-famous Final Fantasy Saga and the second trip (besides Final Fantasy XI which sold millions of times) to the exciting world of online roleplaying games. The official Final Fantasy XIV Controller for PC does not only offer comfortable console-like game-play, but also features specially construed buttons for Final Fantasy XIV as well as short-cuts. And since Final Fantasy XIV was designed for the use of a controller, the official controller makes your gaming-experience even more exciting.
Of course the universal USB controller can be used for more than just Final Fantasy XIV. Virtually thousands of PC games that require the use of a game controller can be played with this game-pad. Simply plug into your PC and your controller is ready to go. On the snakebyte website you can find drivers for the special Final Fantasy XIV buttons. The controller is also recognized by other systems that support USB controllers, like PlayStation3 and can be used with those consoles as well.
The Final Fantasy XIV Controller is not just a versatile game-pad, but also comes with a bunch of cool features. With a 3m cable you can easily play from the comfort of your sofa. The Final Fantasy XIV Controller also comes with a Dual Vibration feature which can be turned on and off. This way you get to fully enjoy the vibration and rumble-effects of your games.
Games Aktuell says:
"If you prefer to play Final Fantasy 14 for the PC with a controller instead of with a keyboard and mouse, then we’ve found an extraordinary device."
"While the analog sticks are just as good as those of the DualShock 3, we liked the digital d-pad even more. The construction is solid, too."
"In sum: A prime PC controller for gamers that can live without analog triggers."
Rating: 6/6 "Very Good "
Games Aktuell, 11/2010, pp. 107
"The controller comes in sleek white, is well-made and fits comfortably in the hand."
"The fine piece of gear has a bonus feature: it also works with the PlayStation 3."
"The total package won us over and it’s a worthwhile purchase for Final Fantasy XIV Online players that don’t want to game on a keyboard. For “normal” players the pad is definitely an option as well, though not a necessity."
"The controller’s design is based on that of snakebyte’s PS3 controllers, which received top ratings in our test last year."
"The Final Fantasy 14 controller comes with a special feature for MMORPG fans (and not just FF14 players): The function keys F1-F12 can be mapped to special buttons on the controller itself, giving gamers easy access to those keyboard functions."
"What’s more, the Final Fantasy 14-Controller is also recognized by the PlayStation 3 and works like a charm. "
"The build quality is typical snakebyte: well-made and robust with analog sticks that move smoothly and buttons with good finger feedback."
"Right off the bat, the controller feels nice and sturdy in your hands. I've read about folks complaining about / mocking the way the controller is shaped, but I love how the grips are longer on the sides, which fits people with bigger hands (like myself) perfectly."
"Of course, the main attraction to playing with the Final Fantasy XIV controller is actually playing it with Final Fantasy XIV, which is (surprisingly) a vast improvement over using the standard keyboard and mouse option."
"The controller makes use of the 'custom' FFXIV driver, which nearly eliminates the need to methodically tweak your controls and buttons so they're console-perfect, thus avoiding much of the aggravation of using a non-licensed gamepad."
"There's a growing number of PC games that take advantage of game console-style controls, especially fighting games, and I'm pleased to say the Snakebyte controller performed almost perfectly."
"But the controller's biggest surprise is almost it's best - it's compatible with the PlayStation 3."
"It's almost like buying two controllers for the price of one."
"Plus, the added (and apparently secret) bonus of being able to use it with the PlayStation 3 only sweetens the deal, as it becomes a viable - and cheaper - extra controller for Sony's console."
"If you're in the market for a great gaming controller for your PC, they don't come much better than Snakebyte's offering."
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