But I am totally lost with modern PC gamepads. Is my understanding correct that pretty much all modern PC gamepads are of the "X-Input" variant, ie. the ones which work directly with both XBox360 and PC? Or if some gamepads are still of the older "DirectInput" variant, is there some easy way to tell from the box which is which?
Are there reasons not to get a modern "X-Input" gamepad? Mostly:
- How well does it work with older PC games, both Win9x and DOSBox? Compatibility issues, e.g. if I understood right some GOG games like Rayman 2 may have problems with XInput controllers? These older DirectInput gamepads have always been pretty much plug'n'play, no need for 3rd party utilities etc. I keep hearing of e.g. XPadder or something?
- My intention would be to use it also on my Windows XP machine, do they work ok there too?
Since the intention is to carry it in the laptop bag, I'd prefer some smaller gamepad variants. I remember XBox controllers are quite big and bulky, so I'd prefer to get some smaller variant than the default XBox360 controller.