The Wireless Dual Force 2
is built around a rechargeable battery pack that must be installed in the controller before use. It needs to be charged before use, also. This takes 10 hours the first time, and at least overnight each subsequent time. So, don't get this on a Saturday afternoon and expect to be jamming away all night, because you're not going near that thing until Sunday morning. The controller recharges on a unit that comes included with the Wireless Dual Force 2
. Plug the base unit into a wall, set the controller down on top of it, and 2 contact points let the current flow to charge your battery. An indicator light on the controller shows various degrees of charge available. This way, you'll also know when your charge is running low.
As a pure controller, Wireless Dual Force 2 includes everything we would expect, and a few bonuses. It is optimized for PS2, in the sense that it includes fully analog buttons and D-Pad. Obviously, these aren't used for PlayStation or PS One. Also, a macro button lets you program sequences of button pushes that make fighting games a pure pleasure. Other nice things you'll appreciate are the rubber grips and the overall sturdy feeling of the controller. It is not small, so big hands will feel right at home here. The receiving unit for the actual console fits nicely into the controller slot and has its own reset button. The other slick item you'll appreciate is the option for Steering Wheel controls, set on the same button that switches analog and digital. Steering Wheel Mode fits with NeGCon protocols in games that support this, offering a better experience for discriminating race fans.