CNET Gamecenter heeft de Microsoft Gamepad Pro gereviewed. Hoewel de controller er erg kewl uitziet (vinnik) krijgt-ie maar een zesje:
Yet the D-pad is just plain uncomfortable no matter which way you set it up, and it has a small range of movement typical of other D-pads; the Pro just can't be considered a solid driving controller, even for arcade games. I took it for a spin in Need for Speed: High Stakes, Sports Car GT, and Demolition Racer, and found myself embedded in walls and off-tracking more times than I care to remember.
The Pro's analog action is pressure-activated--the more you press down in a given direction, the more response you get. Unfortunately, the more pressure you exert, the more your thumb fatigues. And that fatigue can be immense, practically numbing your opposable digit and sending unpleasant sensations shooting up into your wrist at the end of a particularly hard and lengthy gaming session.
In sports games such as NHL 2000 or FIFA 2000, with the D-pad in digital mode and requiring a lighter touch, the Pro rates a little higher, though even then it's tough to resist pushing too hard and ending up with a numb thumb. After all, that resistance is the only frame of reference you have.