Xbox 360 controller will work perfectly with FFXIV on the PC. On Vista and Windows 7 you don't even need to install drivers. Just plug it in and Windows will detect it
How is the key mapping? I bought a wireless 360 style controller for XI and I had trouble with it not recognizing the shoulder bumpers. I'd like to use it for XIV (I paid 50 bucks for the thing, **** Microsoft) but if it's the same thing I'll end up getting something else.
Apparently FFXIV can read the shoulder triggers. FFXI had trouble because it wasn't programmed to use sliders as buttons (which was pretty stupid)
What about PS3 controllers? Do those work for PC games?
Depends on what version of windows you have. If you have 32-bit windows you can just install the third party PS3 gamepad driver and go. If you have 64-bit windows you have to disable driver signing enforcement because 64-bit windows will not load unsigned kernel drivers.
For 64-bit windows you have three choices.
Hit F8 every time you boot.
Set Windows to Test Mode (which is used for testing beta drivers) and create your own signature (the signature won't work unless windows is in test mode) You'll have to put up with a "TEST MODE" watermark in the lower right corner of your desktop if you do this.
Format a bootable USB memory stick and install Readydriver
on it. This is a boot loader that automatically selects the advanced boot menu and disables driver signing enforcement every time you boot. You just set your first boot device to be this USB stick and forget about it.
EDIT: The "bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS" trick doesn't work anymore so don't bother with it. Edited, Aug 22nd 2010 7:43pm by Lobivopis