I guess microsoft won
or not quite
I'll buy a crappy generic 360 controller that'll stop working in a week
it's not like I didn't realize how greedy they were after seeing that people with 360's actually pay to play online. like toyota charging me to drive on toll roads, on top of the regular toll, just because I bought one of their corollas, but I digress
point is, in this instance. they're actually crippling windows for the sake of turning a profit on their controllers. the whole point of directx is to make it possible for every manufacturer to be able to make a dx device, and every game to support dx devices, and that would mean that everything works with everything. they messed all that up with this garbage. there's no reason they can't release a temporary xinput direct input upgrade. and why the hell would the limit be 4 controllers?
anyway, it seems their game division is even greedier than the company normally is
thanks for the help, but damn that's a pain