Xbox or Playstation Controller

I'm looking at a remote controlled project, where I'd like to use a wireless Xbox (preferred) or Playstation controller. Can someone with experience with either of these let me know which one would be easier to use or integrate with my project? Are there libraries available for either? What is the range of a typical controller (I need to ideally have a range of 200' or so. I could always extend things using Xbee radios, if necessary.

Thanks!

playstation 1 or 2 controller would be easier as it uses a serial inteface, original xbox uses USB