Gamepad dimensions are as varied as the way they can be configured. Some units measure 8 x 7 x 3.2 inches, but there are some that come in at 10 x 5 x 2.2 inches, 9 x 9 x 4.2 inches, 6 x 6 x 3.4 inches etc. The size of the gamepads may also depend on the configuration and setup of the device.
How Gamepads are Installed
Although gamepads come in various styles, sizes and shapes, the set up process is pretty straightforward.
The first step is to install the gamepad drivers. These will be in the CD/DVD. Or you can download the drivers from the company website.
After the drivers are installed, plug the gamepad into the computer. Majority of gamepads are compatible with USB. Installation involves nothing more than plugging the gamepad into the USB port at the back of the computer.
How to Configure Gamepads
These instructions should work regardless of the gamepad dimensions.
Start the game you want to play. When the game loads, go to the game options menu. In many games this can be accessed by hitting the esc key. The controller screen will appear.
Click the "Control", "Advanced Controllers", “Configure Controllers” or something like it. When the screen loads, you can start designating actions to the various gamepad controls. To assign functions, click a function as you press your fingers on a button.
The button you press will perform that action for the game. Some gamepads will let you combine it with the mouse or keyboard. However, a good gamepad should be able to handle all game controls without needing the mouse or keyboard.
When you have assigned all the controls, save the settings and go back to the game. The controls will now take effect.
Tips for Buyers
Make sure that the gamepad controls are well laid out so they are easy to access. They should also be durable. The gamepad should also allow for full calibration. Being able to adjust sensitivity is key to playing games well. The gamepad should also be compatible with all the popular games. Reading some reviews will definitely be of help.
The gamepad dimensions are important because gamers want a device that is easy to hold and use. Aside from that of course, the controller must also be responsive. Some controllers are more sensitive than others, so take your time choosing gamepads.