Bij nV News hebben ze een review gebakken van de Microsoft SideWinder Game Pad Pro. Hieronder een hap uit de test, en een screenie.
One feature that instantly became apparent was the Directional Pad (D-Pad) and the Shift key to its lower-right. The D-Pad sports two software-controlled modes; Standard and Proportional modes. In standard mode, the D-Pad performs much like an 8-way Hat-switch (like on advanced flight-sim joysticks). The D-Pad only relays movements of up, down, left, right, and each of the four diagonals - much like how the original SideWinder Game Pad performed. Standard mode is ideal for sports games, or top-down games that are centered around 8-way movement directions.
However, in Proportional mode, the D-Pad is 'transformed' into a free-floating infinite direction recticle. The beauty of this mode is that it behaves like a pressure (or velocity) sensitive joystick. The more pressure you exert on the D-Pad in any direction, the greater response in your game. The Shift button enables the ABC, XYZ, and Trigger buttons to act as a second set of different functions, in effect giving you sixteen programmable buttons. These can either be in Game Presets or user-bound and saved in the SideWinder Game Controller Software.