Many purists will argue that gaming on a computer provides the optimal experience due to the more concise controls a keyboard and mouse offer. Penquin United’s Eagle Eye Converter 3.0 aims to give console gamers the same precision as their big-rig brethren.
The Eagle Eye is a small box that allows a USB keyboard and mouse to interact with your Xbox 360. The two items plug into the box with an official 360 controller fitting in a port on the opposite side.
It’s important to note that the device requires an official wired Microsoft Xbox 360 controller to work properly. Wireless models and most third-party alternatives are not compatible.
Penguin United claims that the Eagle Eye will work with every single Xbox 360 game. That is mighty impressive if true.
The device goes the extra mile in offering abilities above the new control scheme.
Turbo capabilities are available for every button on the standard controller. You can also map actions to specific keys using the provided software.
Additional bells and whistles include the ability to adjust the mouse sensitivity and accuracy.
Once set up, the Eagle Eye definitely shines in the areas you’d expect.
Playing shooter games especially highlights the enhanced precision that a keyboard and mouse provide over a controller. You’ll be able to pull off headshots much easier than ever before.
One negative for online play is that you’ll need the official wireless headset from Microsoft to chat with friends.
The biggest hit comes in the setup process. It takes awhile to get the Eagle Eye to sync up with your Xbox 360. Several steps will need to be repeated every single time the system is booted. Fortunately, it just requires a lot of plugging and unplugging the various items to get the machine to recognize them. Still, you’ll need extra time to get into your game if you want to use this device.
Rumor has it that Blizzard, makers of “World of Warcraft,” could be bringing their highly anticipated “Diablo III” to consoles. The Eagle Eye would provide an excellent alternative control opportunity for those used to playing the earlier “Diablo” games on the computer.
The appeal of the Eagle Eye will likely be extremely low, as many console gamers are used to, and prefer, using their machine’s controller.
PC gamers might prefer to use this device while playing first-person shooter titles. I wouldn’t see much of an advantage for use outside of that genre.
The Eagle Eye Converter 3.0 works as advertised as is recommended to console gamers that want the pinpoint accuracy that only a keyboard and mouse combo can provide.