So there really isn’t much to say about the Chrome series controllers other than they are a brilliant Chrome. If you’ve used the new Xbox 360 controllers with the shifting D-Pad then you know what you’re in for. The buttons are just as smooth and the triggers work as expected. Hey, it’s your standard Microsoft controller here; what you bought this for, and exactly what I bought this for, was the chrome plating on the front. For those looking for a fully chrome controller, look elsewhere because the chrome does not extend all the way around, only the front plate actually has the chrome painted on it.
Honestly I like it this way because the back is matte black and it looks pretty darn slick. Plus if it were all chrome, I would imagine that after your hands became sweaty it would be incredibly hard to hold. The actual painted chrome will easily find fingerprint and smudges though so if you’re picky about that you may want to stay away. The joysticks have a different style than the standard controller. The indent is surrounded with a ring while the standard controller has 4 tiny nubs. The ring did help keep my thumbs in place in games with lots of quick motions and the resistance on each joystick is the exact same as what you would expect. I’ve never used the transforming D-Pad before and after playing around with it twisted in both directions, I’m not quite sure why you wouldn’t want to keep the D-Pad out like I have on the pics, it makes selections so much easier and accurate. I guess it may have a difference with diagonals in some games but I haven’t run across it yet.
If you like shiny things in Blue, Red or Silver, and are in the market for a new controller, be sure to pick one of these up.