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Microsoft Xbox 360 controller after 7 years of use

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This is easily the most impressive example I've seen of a product that is built to last. Absolutely gold standard stuff. Microsoft, you did good here.

I bought my Xbox 360 USB controller in March 2015 for AU$30 and, aside from some soft plastic wear, everything still works just fine compared to the new one I just received.

To put this into perspective: In the last 7 years I've played all of my many hours of time playing GTA5, Project Cars 2, Forza Horizon 5, Rocket League, BeamNG.Drive, Mad Max, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Skyrim, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider series, old Need For Speed games and a bunch of other random shenanigans.

Total hours of use....probably approaching 5,000 hours if I were to make an estimate based on how much I've played those games.

I have only disassembled my old controller once in recent times (one month ago) to put some silicone grease on the mechanisms, and also swap the joystick pads (which are still original) left-to-right.

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A sample size of one isn't statistically significant.

2 of the 3 that I own have buttons that stick.
 
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The rubber on the analog sticks is usually the first thing to go, with playstation (original PSX) there were a few models with crap springs in the triggers that would break from use after about 2 years, they were replaced with better springs somewhere down the line but I remember them breaking and the trigger getting stuck halfway and replacing them with ghetto modded pen springs or cannibalized controllers, my xbox controllers still working fine after many years of abuse, I still use the corded 360 controller on my laptop.

With the xbox controllers the serial number sticker wears off. I replaced the shell of my xbox one controller many years ago, and I use thumb grips now, they feel better imo. Click to enlarge.

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I found the 360 controllers hold up pretty well too, FWIW. Which is sad, because you can't really find them NIB anymore.
 

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The rubber on the analog sticks is usually the first thing to go, with playstation (original PSX) there were a few models with crap springs in the triggers that would break from use after about 2 years, they were replaced with better springs somewhere down the line but I remember them breaking and the trigger getting stuck halfway and replacing them with ghetto modded pen springs or cannibalized controllers, my xbox controllers still working fine after many years of abuse, I still use the corded 360 controller on my laptop.

With the xbox controllers the serial number sticker wears off. I replaced the shell of my xbox one controller many years ago, and I use thumb grips now, they feel better imo. Click to enlarge.

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Yeah the rubber failed on mine and one of the sticks do not center any longer, other wise still working well.
 
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I wish these were still made. I've been using mine for years as well. Never worn out that bad. If I lose the bumps on the rubber thumbs, i'll just buy new ones and swap them out.
 
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