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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best PC gamepad on market

    Posted
    phyzycs
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    I've been on the market for a PC gamepad for a while now and have had a generally terrible experience. Most gamepads out there for the PC are, quite frankly, terrible. Typically, they're flimsy, offer no control or customization in buttons, don't support joystick movement, and aren't supported by a lot of games. After a lot of research, I found this controller. Set up: For Windows 7, this is literally a plug and play. It's beyond easy to hook this up and start using it right away. However, I had some issues getting this controller to sync with the receiver on my main gaming rig. Everything installed without a problem and the wireless receiver was recognized, but the controller itself was not recognized. I followed troubleshooting guides and searched online through forums and could not find the answer I needed. I called Microsoft support and waited in queue for about an hour only to get transferred to Games for Windows Live to then get transferred to another tech support line of Microsoft Xbox Live. I spent a good 3 hours on the phone with only about 15 minutes of that talking to a live person and endured about 3 or 4 transfers. After all of that, I just hung up and didn't want to wait anymore. I tried everything. Uninstalling, reinstalling, manual setup through device manager, etc. Out of disgust from calling Microsoft, I was about ready to take it back when I thought I'd try plugging it into my work laptop. Everything installed and synced just fine. Hm.... strange. At that point, I decided to do some serious brain storming and remembered that I used to use the PS3 motioninjoy driver a while back. The Xbox360 wireless controller for windows also uses motioninjoy drivers. I uninstalled my PS3 motioninjoy drivers a while back so I figured that it had been removed from my computer. It turns out I was wrong. I decided to take a look through my drivers directory (...windows/system32/drivers) and was surprised to come across my old motioninjoy file "mijxfilt.sys." I deleted that file, removed the drivers for the Xbox360 wireless controller for windows, unplugged the wireless receiver, and restarted my computer. After I booted to desktop, I plugged the receiver in and literally in < 10 seconds, Windows installed the driver automatically and synced the controller just fine. That's what's "not so great" about this controller. Microsoft support blows. Nobody really knew where to send me and by the time I was speaking with an "expert" (as they like to say when they transfer you), there apparently was another expert that was more expert with the issues I was having. For a PC beginner, this might seem like a huge challenge if they have problems and they may end up feeling like I was after calling support. Controller use: Wow - this is an amazing controller all around. I purchase a lot of games through steam sales; a good bit of those games are console ports like Darksiders and I've been wanting to play with a good gamepad that feels exactly how it would on console. I was very impressed with the full support this controller provides. Despite the difficulties in my set up, I'm very happy that I kept this controller. If you're looking for the perfect PC gamepad and want the console feel, I highly recommend this one. You will NOT be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The only way to game wirelessly

    Posted
    ibreakthings
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The biggest plus of this product is that any xbox360 controller will work with the reciever, you don't need to use the one in the box! However, the one in the box is unnecessary if you already have an adequate number of controllers. I now have one too many. My PC is a layer one issue waiting to happen, wires everywhere, wired headphone,6 different USB ports in use at all times with an additional two that I sometimes use for something else... it's a mess, the last thing I need is another long wire snaking about producing emi (potentially) and generally impeding gameplay by tugging at the gamepad I am using. I have a 360 and I was looking online for a reciever that would let me use my existing wireless controllers with my PC. I have battery packs for the existing ones and get much longer endurance since I added them. So I looked online and basically found the same product without a controller I looked through best buy and found the above product, it came with a controller, it was only 10$ extra to get it relative to the online product which may or may not have a controller (controllers cost 50$ otherwise) and with RZ points it pays to get it. That said, the extra controller is only marginally useful to me. Now I know having a spare controller sounds like a good thing, and it is, unless you already have two. 360 controllers are nothing like N64 controllers, they are very very durable and will put up with years of abuse (the N64 controller lasted through about 3 months of perfect dark before the joystick went bad, the pelican ones were marginally better, but only marginally.... btw, perfect dark is available for download on xbox live marketplace fyi) so basically unless you have only one controller you just bought an excess controller that you may not need in this generation of consoles unless you go in for marathon halo games on your 360 and even then it isn't too much trouble to make one of the 2 controllers do double duty as both PC and XBOX Incedentally these controllers have a fairly long reach wirelessly, so using one that is former Xbox with a PC that is a room away from your XBOX will turn on the XBOX too unless you dissassociate it with the XBOX first . (Remove battery pack I think) Setup requires a driver cd, I am unable to figure out how to "normally" shut off the controller as the 360 menu method is unavailable, however if left unused for about 5-15 min it shuts off on it's own (they all do) I am unsure of the full versatility of the controller I have gotten it to work with borderlands and Skyrim, however there are games that it is not explicity supposed to work with, but not supposed to NOT work with. eHow has some workaround (use bing to find it) that supposedly just involves mapping functions like any other gamepad. This is probably the best result. <<< Supposedly there is some user-developed software out there that will allow it to do this globally, but I do NOT reccommend this, downloading random drivers and software from non-official sites is a great way to get viruses, bots, etc you name it, and this software is user-developed which either makes it Angelic or the Son of Set, and you may not even know until you lose performance, or personal information. Even if the software is solid, the site you get it from may not be... in addition it is very possibly illegal to jailbreak these things>>> I only make the above warning because if you are assymetric thinking enough to think of getting this you are possibly in the "early adopter/modder" mindset and you may have already considered installing a community made driver, however this is a small enough market that it may not police itself properly and thus the drivers may not always be what they seem i.e. let the modder beware All told, and all complaints aside, it is very responsive and you can stick the reciever behind the keyboard, out of sight, the reciever cord is short enough that it doesn't add to the tangle. The below reccommended product is a good alternative to standard batteries, and, if you now find yourself with two or more Controllers, not a bad addition, I got it quite a while before this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Took a couple tries, but worth it

    Posted
    Akindor
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had to return my first two of these before I got one that was not defective. On the first one, the right thumbstick would get slightly stuck pushed to the right during normal play, which is a huge problem in first person shooters or any game where you're manipulating the camera. The screen would constantly "tip" or slowly slide to the right whenever I released the thumbstick. I tried pushing and pulling the stick out, but it would keep getting stuck. I exchanged it for a new one. The second one's right thumbstick would loudly squeak when I moved it right or left, but not up or down. Again I tried pulling and pushing the stick out, and even rapidly rotating it to see if the squeak would start wearing out or going away, but no dice. Fortunately, the third one I exchanged for was fine. I went through all the trouble because it seriously is a beautiful controller, and is my favorite of any I've had. It looks nicer than the washed out, silvery red or blue chrome ones at other retailers. Yes, it shows palm and fingerprints, so you have to wipe it occasionally, but it's worth it to me. The thumbsticks do have one other design difference-- instead of the little nubs on the up/down/left/right positions, it's just a solid rough ring on the top surface. It looks and feels like it's unfinished. Small gripe though; I rationalize it that the ring provides more traction for any direction you tilt the sticks. Other than the premium price (when were these controllers ever cheap to begin with?), I still definitely recommend it. Keep in mind it's only silver on the top, not the underside: less polishing needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Decent enough controller.

    Posted
    BillFromKC
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    My problem with the 360 controller was always the placement of the analog sticks. I prefer the PlayStation layout, but the Xbox sticks always worked better. This is true across every generation of these consoles. This particular one I picked up also came with the Windows adapter, which is why I'm giving it 5 stars. Unlike knockoff adapters, this one supports 4 controllers simultaneously within any game that supports the Xinput standard - pretty much every game with joystick support since 2008. It's also supported in older games that use the DirectInput, though not as well. Don't expect this to work with other platforms outside of Windows without some work (macOS) or at all (non-rooted Android). While wired Xinput controllers work with my Sony XBR850C (Marshmallow firmware), this doesn't even show up in AIDA64 as connected to the TV. Still, for my intended usage (console-style games and emulation on the big screen), this works great; the only thing blasphemous with this is playing PlayStation and PS2 games with Xbox controllers, but since we live in interesting times these days, why not? If you're a PC gamer, you don't want to spend money on Xbox One controllers (or PS3/PS4 controllers for that matter), you don't wired controllers (such as the excellent Logitech F310), and you want a wireless controller set that supports more than one player, this is what you want. However, if you're good with spending a little more and your PC has a Bluetooth adapter with great range, the Xbox One and PS4 controllers may be a better option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Step Above the Standard Controller

    Posted
    EngrNate
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This controller is very similar to the standard black and white controllers that have been produced for the Xbox 360 since the beginning. That said, this product does have some slight improvements on that traditional design: * Shoulder buttons feel a little more responsive than the traditional buttons. The standard controller's shoulder buttons always felt just a little squishy to me, but these are very "clicky." * The D-Pad is a little higher than the standard controller, and rotates to change from a strictly 4-way (up, down, left, right) pad, to a circular 8-way pad, providing easy diagonals, depending on what you like. * The best improvement, in my opinion, is the control sticks, which look and feel almost exactly like the Xbox One's sticks. Instead of being a thin, flat plastic pad with a rubbery cap, these sticks seem more substantial. The stick appears to to be thicker plastic and more durable, with a rubbery ring around the outside edge of the stick. I have had trouble with the rubber pad on the standard stick loosening up and coming off in the past (to be fair, the standard controllers did last 6 years under serious abuse from children), but I don't believe this will be a problem with the Special Edition sticks. All in all, the standard Xbox 360 controller has been, in my opinion, the best traditional controller on the market since the 360 was released. While the Special Edition controllers (camouflage, silver and gold chrome) are not groundbreaking, they do make small improvements on what has been the gold standard in the seventh generation of the console gaming world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid, multi use controller

    Posted
    Jasonmwa
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this controller to play games on my computer. I use a Mac with Windows installed via BootCamp. This controller is usable on both platforms I use. I've been partial to Sony consoles over the years and have little use of any XBox. I love the Dual Shock controller on their products but found switching to this for computer gaming wasn't too weird. I'm having difficulty remembering the buttons (A, B, X, Y) due to unfamiliarity and don't care much for the direction pad (one solid piece, wherein a Sony Dual Shock are four separate "buttons" up, down, left, right, which felt sturdier). It is claimed that due to the offset joysticks that this controller is more comfortable and ergonomically correct. I didn't find it intuitive though that may be because the layout is completely new to me. All in all, I found hand cramping to be as frequent with this as any other controller I've used. Ultimately, if you want to do PC gaming there are no alternatives. This IS the controller you want. Particularly, any game marked "Games for Windows" MUST support it and most other and older games make it mappable. This is a great investment if you're a gamer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but way too expensive.

    Posted
    Tommy870

    This controller is designed really well, much better than the old Xbox controllers. It's very durable as well. Between me and my friends we've thrown, dropped, sat on, and hit ours several times and they still work like they're new. The connection works well at all times and it has excellant distance as well. My wii controllers get patchy connection at about 20 feet but this controller maintains a near-perfect connection. What really gets me about this controller is the price. I mean, come on Microsoft you already over charge for accessories as it is with the wireless adaptor and chargers and stuff. A PS3 controller costs $55.00 and you get a quality controller with a built-in rechargable battery pack and a free cable to charge it with. With this controller you would have to buy the controller and play and charge kit seperately which runs about $75 after tax. Also the standalone battery charger is another $20 as well. And if you don't buy these extra chargers then you have to pay constantly for extra AA batteries. I can't really recommend this at the time being because we're in a recession and this is the electronic equivilant of gas gouging. But if you really need a extra controller and you want the most durable and reliable Xbox 360 controller out there (and you can spare the extra money), then this is the way to go.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The only way to control

    Posted
    hieronymus
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I actually bought this controller to use for PC games. I had been using a PS3 controller with some emulation software, because most PC games today just support an Xbox controller. Even my older Logitech PC controller generally doesn't work with today's games. But I got tired of the hassle of running the software, so decided the $40 for a controller to get rid of the aggravation was worth it. And that was so true! I got the wired one to avoid just swapping one set of aggravations for another. And I didn't want to mess around with a "compatible" one either, as I had run into problems with PS3 "compatible" ones previously. But I plugged this in and it just worked. I mean it, it just *worked*. Now even the controller hints on Tomb Raider make sense! And it surely made Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game infinitely more playable. Throw in other PC controller games like Just Cause 2 and even Saints Row 2 (the only way to play it) and we have a cornucopia of great controller games. I tried The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing with it, but I think it plays better with the mouse and keyboard. But, all in all, this is the way to go with PC controller games - a stock, OEM Xbox 360 controller. Win all around!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I know what to expect with contoller, but.......

    Posted
    SloppyShooter17
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    As with all controllers, they just simply wear out from continued use. Being in the market for a new controller, I ran across a tech news feed that Best Buy will price match major online retailers. I purchased the controller online with Best Buy, and found the same product for $3.00 less. I called the 1-888 Best Buy number to get a refund for the price difference, and I can tell you the $3.00 refund is not worth the effort. I was on the phone two (2) times before i was suddenly disconnected, and the third time, as I write this review, I was on the line for 25 minutes, and the line was suddenly dropped again. This review is not for the product, but for the less than stellar customer service using what seems to be a substandard phone service provider. Additionally, I gave them my phone number to call me back in case we were disconnected, but I received no callbacks. Best Buy Customer Service Rating = < 1 Star Product Rating = 5 Stars

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great multi-purpose spare controller

    Posted
    Jimmie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this so I could use an Xbox controller with my new gaming laptop. I got lucky and found it on clearance cheap, but even at full price it's a bargain. It's basically an Xbox controller, but comes with the receiver you plug into the USB port on your computer. I put the controller into circulation with my other Xbox controllers and now can't tell which one this is compared to my normal controllers. The receiver, which is included, is plug-n-play (at least on my Windows 8.1 rig) and syncs with the controller (or any of them) with the press of a button. When playing Titanfall (and many other modern games that have controller support), the controls automatically switch to Xbox prompts. I plugged my rig into my HDTV with an hdmi cable and, using this controller, the only difference between this and an Xbox One was my rig has better performance. Highly recommend for someone who wants a controller that can work on both Xbox 360 and Windows. Same price as a normal wireless controller, but includes the receiver so you have the flexibility of using it with your PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's shiny!

    Posted
    CplayerL
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Comes with the controller and two AA batteries. The chrome finish controllers certainly look a lot neater than their matte finish standard variants, though if you don't like fingerprints or streaks from the oils off your hands and fingers, the chrome finish probably isn't for you. That kind of thing is much more visible on this controller. The adjustable D-pad eases the punishment your finger takes with games that rely heavily on it (fighting games mostly). The D-pad when set to its PLUS setting is still rougher on you than the PS3 controller's D-pad and directional inputs can get wonky. The textured thumb sticks don't feel as soft as the standard controller so there's less slippage of your thumb. The left analog thumb stick is already showing signs of wear (black rubber coating rubbing off and showing a white circle around the inside rim) after about a week of use. Overall this controller is mostly an aesthetic choice, though the adjustable D-pad and textured analog thumb sticks offer some extra comfort and ease of use. Its durability hasn't been tested yet but if it's anything like my old controllers it will last for at least 5 years (and counting).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Are you kidding me?

    Posted
    CappysBaby

    Great that you can buy the must have clear wired controller for the granddaughter however looking for extension breakaway cable so she play without sitting directly in front of the TV? Was told Best Buy doesn't carry Xbox accessories? Huh? Since when? Was adding another to the one we a,ready have-Called 3 different Best Buy Stores local to me- WORST service - on hold 25 minutes at one, finally gave up after calling back twice,hung up on both times? 2nd location- on hold 20 minutes and no attempt to help whatsoever, got a manager who told me to " upgrade" to wireless? ( got for Christmas from a Best Buy store?) and that she manages that department and never heard of it? 3rd store to,d "she was busy" and could we call back later? (almost as much service as the purchase of the controller- how dare I interrupt the salesperson from her texting to expect direction to locate an item and spend my cash there? ) ......final result .... Called large chain competitor- great help - had what we needed in less than 5 minutes and GREAT service- lost a long term customer here and someone needs to remember that" service" stills means you should expect some!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected!

    Posted
    TimeBandit
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    As every gamer knows, you provide some serious wear and tear on your controllers. Not to mention that I have two children who shotput the controllers regularly. So I needed to by a "Daddy" replacement. Since I'm not really planning on upgrading to a Xbox One anytime soon I figured it was time for my own controller that stays protected from the grimey little hands of maple syrup covered children who find great joy in bouncing both of my original controllers off of the hardwood floors. This new controller that I bought from Best Buy works great, my game play has improved and when I press a button it reacts as intended. No more "WHY DIDN'T MY GUN FIRE" or "I HIT A, PASS THE BALL YOU IDIOT" being venomously yelled at the teenagers destroying me in online games. Long story short, this controller rocks the socks off my sorry excuses I used previously. Also if you are planning on sticking with the 360, buy the rechargeable battery packs. Best buy sells the packs and charging bays. Do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Perfect Replacement

    Posted
    sfdsd

    This controller feels suprisingly just like the original! You would think that the new chrome glossy finish on the front would leave finger prints and feel shiny and weird while holding it but in fact it feels almost identical! My friends are super jeaous of how awesome it looks! I heard things like "Dude! I can see my reflection in that thing!" This controller is great if your controller broke or you bought your xbox 360 separtly or if you're looking for a birthday present for your child! Although I would not recomend this if you want a second controller for a friend to play with, I would prefer a wired controller to save money. For only 5 bucks extra, this controller is deffinantly worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best controller ever?

    Posted
    yaris0128

    The only reason I didnt give this controller a 100% score is because its somewhat expensive at $40 and the analog sticks could have more grip on them. My thumbs slip a lot on a new controller. There are few controllers that compare to this one, especially for FPS games. These controllers will last forever if you treat um right. I have only ever needed my original controller and after 5 years I broke it over a game of Black Ops. Havent played the same since I broke the poor guy. Theres no reason to ever buy a 3rd party controller with this system unless its a Razer Onza which is equally as good. And this wired controller will get the job done for less money and you dont have to fiddle with batteries, buying rechargeable ones or anything of that junk. Better for the hardcore online players.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Controller

    Posted
    Kelchok
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    It's a nice comfortable wireless controller. All buttons are easily accessible and button pressing is descent, and I never had issues where button commands were ignored. The controller came with a wireless adapter for PC use, allowing me to play games off of my STEAM account that supports controller game play. STEAM games that use controllers based their designs off of the Xbox 360 controllers, and I never had any compatibility issues when using my controller online. The only issue I've ever had with the controller, is that sometimes the wireless connection will disconnect for short periods of time, leaving me confused when I suddenly lose control in game play. I believe the issue occurs because of the battery power. I use a USB recharge jack to recharge the battery in the controller, and when I play with this jack connected, the disconnection issues don't occur. But overall I like it, its comfortable, the buttons are easy to press and aren't too sensitive. I would recommend this product for controller players.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Multi-functional

    Posted
    Oiprac
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Pros: -Can't beat the originally certified controllers from Microsoft. These are the best you can get, and they last very long (as long as you take care of them). -The safety release has been one of the greatest innovations since the earlier console days and it's certainly a great feature they kept for the current gen consoles. -Corded, so there's no worrying about stopping to change batteries or having to use the plug-n-play (that broke on me after a while). -Buttons, analog stick and triggers feel firm and durable. -Can be plugged into a computer's USB hub and play Games For Windows Live flawlessly. Cons: -It is corded, that can be a problem for some. -Although I purchased the latest model (with the revised D-Pad), it still feels very stiff and sometimes pushing Right makes me go Diagonal-Up-Right or Down-Right. -Price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

    Posted
    JoeTheBro
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I picked this simply because it is purple, the purple comes through nicely and it looks neat. I like the twisting D-pad however I assumed I could use it in the + form without accidentally pressing the side or diagonal buttons, I was quite disappointed there because that is one of the reasons I upgraded my controller. Warning- the chrome is a fingerprint magnet. I rated the durability as a 4, because I have not had it long. Pros- Good color, seems durable, buttons and sticks are very responsive, RB and LB feel improved Cons- Innaccurate D-Pad button presses (all 360 controllers), Analog stick can get slightly pulled out of socket, attracts fingerprints, feels like the chrome could have been a tad shinier. Summary- It is a great controller for the price and it feels like they improved on the original controller in a few ways, however it is not going to win any design awards due to the flaws mentioned earlier, plus the fact that it attracts grease dirt and fingerprints is a big con for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    YUMMY PURPLE COLOR

    Posted
    BlasterMaster
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    This is such a pretty controller, It's my favorite in the chrome series next to the blue one. The green xbox light matches the purple perfectly and the colored buttons stand out so nicely. The purple is a bit darker than I'd like it to be but it is nice that it makes the fingerprints and smudges less visible. As far as a controller goes, 360 controllers are nice and even more so with the improved directional buttons. In terms of design I only have complaints with how delicate the battery holder can be, which has always been a problem for me in the past, but if you give the controller some TLC you'll be fine for a while. My BIGGEST complaint however is the price... I'm sorry but buying this at full price is hardly justifiable (for the same price I can get myself a week and a half worth of gasoline). Thankfully there are times where these are discounted to more reasonable prices, (I would say at the low $30-ish mark) and it is at those times where I would say definitely get this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good controller

    Posted
    terry
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    The controller isn't anything new or different for console gaming. There are a few improvements of this over the first gen Xbox controllers though. For one, the controllers are nice and small; they feel incredibly comfortable in your hand. Microsoft must have learned from its mistakes in that area with the disaster of its original Xbox controller. They've also moved the awkward white and black buttons to the top of the controller, much like the double button design of the Dual Shock. They still kept the triggers from the Type S controller, and while they're not quite as deep as they used to be they're still very responsive. This is pretty much the best of both worlds: the buttons are easy to hit and don't feel as bad as the white and black buttons did, and the triggers feel great in racing games and anything else that requires fine control. Another cool feature is that you can turn the 360 off and on via the controller. No more arduous trips from couch to console!

    I would recommend this to a friend