Good Gear Guide
In Pictures: The good, bad and ugly history of Mic...
There was a time when gamepads and joysticks ruled PC gaming, and Microsoft was king. The SideWinder brand debuted with a gamepad (pictured top right) that became popular enough to warrant many games to come with SideWinder-specific controls. In the following years, Microsoft developed joysticks (next slide), the motion-based gamepad Freestyle Pro in 1998 (top left), and the two-piece Dual Strike in 2000 (bottom left), a real-time-strategy controller that replaces one's keyboard and a programmable voice communication device.
Not all SideWinder products were hits, but many pushed the boundaries of what gamers knew PC peripherals could do.
In Pictures: The good, bad and ugly history of Microsoft hardware