I was sick and tired of selecting the wrong weapons in Gears of War because of the XBox controller's sloppy D-Pad. Mods to the controller online required inserting a crappy piece of plastic, sanding hard to reach areas, and/or soldering new internals, which is more time consuming than just a direct replacement of which I desired.

This direct replacement for the D-Pad is meant to help eliminate D-Pad pressing problems by giving a larger pad and a more accurate feel to which direction you are pressing. Corner directions are still possible with this mod, and this mod does not require any modifications to your controller other than disassembling it. This makes it possible to return your controller back to the original working, and cosmetic condition, other mods cannot do this.

Note: This mod may require simple drilling of the screw holes to get the best fit. Depending on if shapeways prints it up, or to the sides, can affect the size and shape of the holes. I'd rather there be material that can easily be removed than have a hole that is too big and the screw won't bite. I don't recommend this to anyone who has not disassembled their controller or is not technically inclined in any way.

This is the 2.0 version. The guide ring has been removed, and the shape filled in to cover the hole that is under the D-Pad better, but still made smaller than the original D-Pad for greater movement. Before buying, please disassemble your controller to compare your d-pad to those in the images. If the mounting doesn't look anywhere close, do not purchase. I can only make it fit to controllers I own, and if Microsoft made any adjustments to the d-pad in a newer model, this won't fit.


IN: 0.899 w x 0.899 d x 0.603 h
CM: 2.284 w x 2.284 d x 1.532 h


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X360 controller it is (now) a cheap all-around gaming controller (except for Dpad demanding tasks) so I expect people to get them even for PC gaming (like me)
May 2, 2014, 11:13 pm
@nicexe Thanks for posting these! I wasn't sure about making any updates to this item's page since the new systems have been released. But people keep ordering it. I don't think I've had any returns for it, and no complaints on it not working, so the BETA tag will come off! Thanks for buying.
May 2, 2014, 2:42 pm
I used a small flat-head screwdriver to clear the wholes for the screws. Just stick it in and twist (that's what she said)
May 2, 2014, 12:36 pm
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May 2, 2014, 12:34 pm
When I ordered 2 of those I was skeptical. There wasn't enough photos to show the D-Pad in place. So here are some of my own!
May 2, 2014, 12:34 pm
It's working out well for me so far! Plain WS&F needed no sanding, and feels really good under the thumb. Control seems good so far; it feels more satisfying than the stock D-pad. Thanks for making this!
February 21, 2013, 1:07 am
I added SW&F polished to the materials. I caution that this polishing might remove too much material from the clips, so there may be slop, but the screws should be able to hold the D-Pad down.
July 3, 2012, 2:31 pm
I was figuring that the holes would have been drilled out in some cases. I got two material types sent to me for a test in June. The white strong and flexible that I had, the hole was fine up until the end. But the black detail, and trans detail were better, but I'm afraid that of how long they would stand the abuse. Unfortunately, after I got my order, my XBox finally bit it after being repaired 3 times. I'm waiting until fall before I get my replacement. So if anyone could report on performance. 1. Does it stick at all? If so, in what position? 2. Does it improve your accuracy? 3. Does it make your thumb sore at all from frequent use? 4. If there are any improvements you'd like to see, please let me know. Thanks for buying!
July 3, 2012, 2:28 pm
Had to drill out the screw holes a bit but otherwise installed with no problems. Great job. Looking forward to what else you make. I don't suppose you could add the SW&F polished?
July 2, 2012, 11:06 pm


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