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Control the Xbox 360

Although there is a wait to buy Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console, the company's new wired joystick, the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, is more readily available and also works with Windows XP PC games. Though the quality of Xbox 360 and PC games differs, the gamepad is similar in pivot controls and button configurations, said a Microsoft spokesperson. The familiarity of a cross-platform gamepad eliminates the need to use separate joysticks on an Xbox 360 and a PC, the spokesperson said. The $40 gamepad is available at major U.S. retailers.

Microsoft competitor Logitech has launched the $129 Harmony for Xbox 360, a universal remote control for the console, TVs, videos, DVD players, cable boxes and other media devices. The remote's X, Y, A and B buttons can be used to navigate the menus of Xbox 360 games. It supports an exhaustive list of media devices -- it is the first remote I found that supports CyberHome's CH-300 DVD player. It also operates multiple devices by pressing one button.

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