Originally Posted by Sasqui
Are any aftermarket controllers better than others... or just go with stock? This will definietly be used for multiplayer - other kids on the block.
Just go with stock (which i prefer - they got the controllers right first time with the 360). The new xbox you've been linked to above comes with 1 black wireless controller. You will want to buy a play and charge kit for it - basically it comes needing AA batteries which you'll have to have spares in of in case it runs out in the middle of a game unless you buy the play and charge kit which has a rechargable battery pack you use instead of AA betteries and allows you to charge the controller from the USB in the console while you use it. Just make sure you get the right colour play and charge kit (my friend has a white controller with a black play and charge kit - it looks stupid with a black battery pack in a white controller
Depending on if online multiplayer is important (will they be playing online with friends who also have xboxes?) then a wireless headset may be a good little extra - they're rechargable through USB and are nicer to use than the standard wired headset which wires into the xbox controller.
If you will use it for watching DVDs, renting from netflix or using it to play media from your PC then the xbox remote control is also pretty good.
For you if you want to use either a controller or wireless headset from the xbox in your PC then you can buy a wireless receiver for windows which lets you connect the xbox peripherals to your pc - i use the wireless headset for voice comms when online gaming on my pc.