The Xbox 360 has a great controller, but the D-pad has always been problematic. In an attempt to avoid patent fees, Microsoft opted for their own solution. Most of the time this isn’t a problem, but for games that are D-Pad heavy, the 360 controller just sucks.
Microsoft has just announced they’ll be remedying that mistake for some markets. The tweaked 360 controller will feature a better D-Pad with more precise control. The only problem: it’s only scheduled to be released in Europe, Asia and Latin America… probably because of the very same US Patent issues that prevented Microsoft from putting a better D-Pad in to begin with.
Microsoft tweaks Xbox 360 controller [Games Industry]