Back in July, I made reference to two prototype XBOX controllers that I had acquired back in 2001 shortly after the XBOX launched in the US. I got them from a liquidation site that had no idea what they were. Here's a pic from that thread of what I actually bought:
and here's a link to that original thread:
So anyway, after seeing old engineer's early XBOX dev kits, I decided to disassemble one of the controllers and post the pics to my .Mac homepage. Check them out!
Obviously, the casings are exactly like the final revision save for the smooth and shiny plastic. Each controller has a small label on the back with the following text:
0105 FW rev: A B C D E
The memory card connectors are vastly different and there are actual wires bridged all over the PCB. The controllers have the rumble motors intact and there's a small little access door on the back which presumably allowed the XBOX team to test the controller. The large cpu on the board is a Mitsubishi brand chip with the following marking: M30240ECPP 0400100
Interestingly, a breakaway cable from a standard xbox controller WILL NOT work, thus I cannot test these controllers unless a new breakaway cable is hacked. That's assuming this would even work on a commercial XBOX.
Anyway, enjoy the pics. I hope I was able to contribute something to the community with my acquisition as early XBOX dev items are hard to find information for. :-) [/img]