Oh man, we love us some 360 controllers. They fit any size hands, unlike the Sony controllers, and despite the less-than-stellar stock d-pad they're a dream to use. But it's not just about functionality, it's about collectability. And with 33 official Microsoft controllers to hunt down there's no shortage of game for the hunter.
But some controllers may only interest you from an aesthetic standpoint, and so in addition to a rarity rating for each controller we've also listed an availability level for replacement parts should you want to transform your existing controllers. So instead of buying an all new controller you can give that nasty, sticky-buttoned gamepad new life and a wicked shell. When searching for custom shell parts remember to stick with vendors that have high reputability or high eBay ratings. There are a lot of cheap knockoffs that look the same in a picture but fit poorly. As per our recent review, we recommend Quickdrawmods if you're looking for shells that have a Low or above availability rating. Past that go for eBay sellers with high ratings (both in percentage and number of ratings). Also be sure to pick up a Torx T8 security bit screwdriver from whoever you buy your first shell from. It's invaluable, and they're usually dirt cheap.
So without further ado we present the 32 Microsoft produced 360 controllers: row by row, left to right.
UPDATE: Added a missing controller to bottom right of the above, along with a description below.
For racing game fanatics there is no more coveted item than the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel. Truly it was a racer's dream, and a peripheral on par with Logitech's craftsmanship. It was wireless, had a 270° steering radius, force feedback, and sturdy construction. Sadly the wheel has been out of production for some time. The only way to find one new is to scour the depths of the internet in hopes of finding one hiding in some corner of Amazon, eBay, or some other commerce site.
But in the wake of racers' sadness comes simplified hope: The Wireless Speed Wheel. Sure, it's certainly not a hardcore device, but it looks to be much more robust then Nintendo's "stick the wiimote in the middle of a plastic circle" solution. It features rumble feedback plus the slick D-Pad/face button combos right at the top. Plus it actually looks like a racing wheel, which adds to the cool factor. Gas and brake are presumably handled by the triggers found on the underside of the grips. Finally racing fans have some renewed hope. Learn more about it in the abbreviated press release after the jump.