August 31st 2010 4:01 pm PT

New Xbox 360 Wireless controller featuring a transforming D-Pad

 

We’ve just made the Xbox 360 Wireless controller even better with a brand new version that includes a transforming D-pad.  The engineers have come up with an ingenious solution with a d-pad that can go from a plus to a disc with the twist of the wrist.

 

From this:

To this instantly:
dpad_up dpad_down

 

Here is a video that shows how it work:

In addition to the new d-pad, the matte silver controller also features concave analog sticks and gray A,B,X,Y buttons for added style. 

 

The controller will only be available with the new Play & Charge Kit that will launch on November 9th for US $64.99.

 

More photos on my flickr

 

If you are headed to PAX Prime this weekend in Seattle, drop by the recording of my LIVE Podcast on Sunday where I’ll have a few of these controllers to give away for free.

 

Edit: It’s now up on Xbox.com

 

Update: The Play & Charge Kit is now available for pre-order

 

 

Archive By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • alehizzle

    I’m not a fan of the color scheme or the fact that it’s only available with the Play-and-Charge Kit, but I’m glad Microsoft is finally doing something about that D-pad of theirs.

  • I MFC I Tiagox

    The D-Pad looks very good, but why change the colors of the buttons? When I’m playing something with my 4-year-old daughter I say “press the green button” and not “press the A button”.

  • Sinist3r Alex

    Oh what a coincidence… lets NOT release this with the new consoles, let’s release it a few months after they come out to get more money out of people… is this controller really a game a changer…?

  • Ruthless Image

    lol are you serious?

    gaming is becoming a joke.

    if anything all the newer accessories should be lower in price considering us who bought the xbox when it came out were stuck with a small harddrive which they knew wouldnt nearly be enough and has made them countless $ on people having to upgrade or buy a newer console.

    gaming is supposed to be a hobby not a pocket breaker

  • xSloppy

    Meh I think I’ll wait for the Razer Onza.

  • The Phazer

    Better D-pad? Win. Big win.
    Lack of space around the D-pad suggesting it won’t actually work, and is still on a swivel? Big lose.
    No coloured buttons? Lose. Big lose.
    Nice colour scheme otherwise? Small win.
    Not included with the new Xbox? Silly.
    Bundled with unnecessary play and charge kit? Insane.

    Not good overall.

  • MartytheCrow20

    I welcome a change to the D-Pad, but is it going to be more “clicky” (and less clunky) than before? My major gripe with the existing one is that it’s hard to tell when you’re making contact with any particular direction, so you end up mashing unnecessarily hard just to register a hit.

  • Rykin Poe

    Too bad the problem with the original d-pad wasn’t just the shape. I think the original one is only a 4 way d-pad not an 8 way which has been the standard for a few decades now. Have the engineers done anything to improve the guts of this thing?

  • hied

    I’m not sure if the new d-pad is an improvement. It looks like it might be just a gimmick that doesn’t solve the problem. My problem with the current d-pad is that it is inaccurate because it’s all one button. Even if you raise up-down-left-right, the problem may still exists, because the plus is still all one piece. (If you push left but you don’t push it straight on, you may still end up going down or up.) And games that use the d-pad for 8-directional input don’t get any benefit from this at all. (I’m not even sure whether this d-pad will still allow 8-directional input.)

    Now maybe when it’s a plus it only physically allows 4-directional input and when it’s a disk it allows 8-directional input. If the plus configuration physical prevents more than one direction from being pressed at a time, that would help with the accuracy problem, but only for games that use just 4-directional input.

    My xbox controllers already have concave sticks. (The ps3 controller sticks are convex. Sometimes I think this improves control. Not sure.)

    But are these sticks actually improved in any way? I prefer the PS3 sticks. They seem to provide more even resistance throughout their range of motion. Then again, that might be because my xbox controller is worn out and loose from extended use. Whatever the reason, my xbox controller sticks provide jumpy control and they often get stuck going one way or another during gameplay and I have to re-center them manually. Hopefully these sticks hold up better.

    I don’t mind having a controller option without the 4 color buttons. It does allow for a better looking controller. (I do see how it could make things a little harder for new gamers.)

    I agree with the complaint about selling this only with the play and charge kit. That’s just not right. Tell me that it works with batteries and also with the current play-and-charge cable. They should definitely make this controller available by itself at a more reasonable price.

  • Black Fist

    Oh man, you got to love Microsoft…sigh

    The d-pad looks great, really great…all the rest, not so much, it just shows how money hunger Microsoft is and how little they care for the fans, it´s sad really.
    Not only is it selling at $64.99 (it´s a fricking controller, not the cure for cancer, it´s only available with the PLAY & CHARGE KIT!!
    So, you need to sell the kit…..
    Overpriced and with limited appeal….great job, another one from Microsoft…sigh, what happened to you guys?
    Do you want any help getting back on track?
    How many morons do you think there is in the world…….too many, i know, and that´s your bread and butter

  • hied

    I’m not sure if the new d-pad is an improvement. It looks like it might be just a gimmick that doesn’t solve the problem. My problem with the current d-pad is that it is inaccurate because it’s all one button. Even if you raise up-down-left-right, the problem may still exists, because the plus is still all one piece. (If you push left but you don’t push it straight on, you may still end up going down or up.) And games that use the d-pad for 8-directional input don’t get any benefit from this at all. (I’m not even sure whether this d-pad will still allow 8-directional input.)

    Now maybe when it’s a plus it only physically allows 4-directional input and when it’s a disk it allows 8-directional input. If the plus configuration physical prevents more than one direction from being pressed at a time, that would help with the accuracy problem, but only for games that use just 4-directional input.

    My xbox controllers already have concave sticks. (The ps3 controller sticks are convex. Sometimes I think this improves control. Not sure.)

    But are these sticks actually improved in any way? I prefer the PS3 sticks. They seem to provide more even resistance throughout their range of motion. Then again, that might be because my xbox controller is worn out and loose from extended use. Whatever the reason, my xbox controller sticks provide jumpy control and they often get stuck going one way or another during gameplay and I have to re-center them manually. Hopefully these sticks hold up better.

    I don’t mind having a controller option without the 4 color buttons. It does allow for a better looking controller. (I do see how it could make things a little harder for new gamers.)

    I agree with the complaint about selling this only with the play and charge kit. That’s just not right. Tell me that it works with batteries and also with the current play-and-charge cable. They should definitely make this controller available by itself at a more reasonable price.

    (Sorry for the double post but I’m trying to adjust for the removal of the lines between paragraphs. Trying 2 lines between paragraphs this time.)

  • kdzBiBa

    Great news, but the buttons? meh…

  • bulat99

    Guessing from the notepad this might be where you record your show. I always wanted to see the process of how you guys film your podcast. Pictures, videos, etc…

  • bulat99

    Guessing from the notepad this might be where you record your show. I always wanted to see the process of how you guys film your podcast. Pictures, videos, etc…

  • hied

    I guess blank lines get removed.
    *
    So you have to do something…
    -
    like this.

  • uzivatel

    @Licantropo: Major wrote in the comment section, that the button colour stuff is exclusive to this controller.
    I guess thats a win-win situation. As mentioned above “we” already know where is each colour – “we” do not look at the controller while playing. And the grey design is somewhat cool.

  • hied

    I’m not sure if the new d-pad is an improvement. It looks like it might be just a gimmick that doesn’t solve the problem. My problem with the current d-pad is that it is inaccurate because it’s all one button. Even if you raise up-down-left-right, the problem may still exists, because the plus is still all one piece. (If you push left but you don’t push it straight on, you may still end up going down or up.) And games that use the d-pad for 8-directional input don’t get any benefit from this at all. (I’m not even sure whether this d-pad will still allow 8-directional input.)
    -
    Now maybe when it’s a plus it only physically allows 4-directional input and when it’s a disk it allows 8-directional input. If the plus configuration physical prevents more than one direction from being pressed at a time, that would help with the accuracy problem, but only for games that use just 4-directional input.
    -
    My xbox controllers already have concave sticks. (The ps3 controller sticks are convex. Sometimes I think this improves control. Not sure.)
    -
    But are these sticks actually improved in any way? I prefer the PS3 sticks. They seem to provide more even resistance throughout their range of motion. Then again, that might be because my xbox controller is worn out and loose from extended use. Whatever the reason, my xbox controller sticks provide jumpy control and they often get stuck going one way or another during gameplay and I have to re-center them manually. Hopefully these sticks hold up better.
    -
    I don’t mind having a controller option without the 4 color buttons. It does allow for a better looking controller. (I do see how it could make things a little harder for new gamers.)
    -
    I agree with the complaint about selling this only with the play and charge kit. That’s just not right. Tell me that it works with batteries and also with the current play-and-charge cable. They should definitely make this controller available by itself at a more reasonable price.
    -
    (Sorry for the triple post. It would be nice if blank lines in comments were displayed and we could delete our own comments.)

  • evilgeneral4

    I would consider this if the buttons weren’t gray. I think the controller looks a lot better with the abxy buttons a specified color.

  • Dr Cogent

    Only on the Play & Charge kit. Lame.

    Microsoft is on a lame roll lately with their price increases and crappy product improvements.

  • Bawitdaba1337

    I like the controller, i feel that all controllers should come with a play and charge kit or the patented Microsoft way of putting batteries into either slot and not worrying about positive/negative charges.

    D-Pad i don’t think anyone uses much, but i do like the improvements in it. I don’t really like removing colors from the standard buttons.

  • Gorkinlot

    Need this in black to keep up the color scheme.

  • Wulf684

    If the rechargeable battery is Li-ion and they release a version with a colour-scheme I like, I will buy a bundle. For that much money.

  • rumblpak

    The only thing that would make this controller more awesome would be to have replaced the green leds with white ones.

  • tridimensional

    This is a recall issue for me…
    My Xbox joystick has a useless d-pad!
    Tsc tsc tsc MS…

  • Surly x Duff

    I like it. I will definitely be picking one up, but not right away. Is this a limited run, or will I be able to buy one in six months when I need a new controller?

  • Bawitdaba1337

    Also wanted to point out that the youtube video has mono sound on channel R only… not sure if that was intentional given the color tone of the controller :P

  • C DAWK

    Looks cool but I already invested in the Hori Controllers for fighting games.

  • BeAN ToWn BrOwN

    you guys are just now hearing about the crappy d-pads you’ve been pumping out since launch?
    this should have came out years ago, lol

  • Tig3rj

    Is Microsoft becoming out of touch with its fan base? Man, you guys are getting more and more like the current US Gov.

    A new D-Pad that you knew was junk from the start and it took how long to come up with a new plan? Then you make a fancy one with grey button and decide to sell it ONLY as a bundle with the charge kit. WTH?? Again, who is the genius in your marketing??

    You must be over stock on charge kits as they aren’t selling. So to pawn them off, you make a new controller and supply the charge kit with it to try and cover profits and dwindle charge kit supplies that are in your warehouses. Sell it at $5 cheaper than if you were to buy a controller separate with the kit. Granted you can buy a wireless controller for $35 than the suggested $50.

    Why wouldn’t you sell this alone?

    You know what you need on your LIVE service? A feedback tab and have weekly surveys. Better yet, get your top execs to do an Undercover Boss and show them how out of touch they are with society.

  • deceive00

    Only picking one of these up, if my current controllers break. After yesterday’s news about subscription pricing increases, I didn’t think they would follow it up with another higher priced and a not really needed item.
    oh well..

  • ZPrime

    So how do you keep it from rotating when something like the Street Fighter fireball motion is used?

    down+dn-rt+right = rotation.

    If the super-smart engineers didn’t think of this one, they all deserve to be fired…

  • Doominated

    Anybody who buys this over a Razer Onza when they drop is a total moron. Unless they really need a new wireless controller.

  • The Bill Payer

    Wow..it only took five years to fix the horrible D-pad. And you grey out the buttons so gameplay is now more confusing to casual users, oh and it’s only available with a play and charge kit.

    The analog stick have always been concave too.

  • I DLord I

    Your D-pad has always been garbage. This “fix” is a little late. And way to make it so we have to buy it with a charge kit. Awesome, just awesome. If you guys want to know how to make a good controller, look no further than Sony’s PS3. Your analog sticks are trash compared to theirs too, concave or not. I have bought 1 PS3 controller for the 2 years I have owned a PS3. I can’t count the number of controllers I have had to buy for my xbox over the years without getting violently ill. Merch it separately and price it accordingly and I will buy it, until then take your “updates” and shove em up your ass Microsoft.

    I still can’t believe it took you THIS long to fix your d-pad. And, seeing as though I haven’t used it yet, I say the word “fixed” with a little reluctance.

  • Boe2

    Seems like a lot of sleeping dogs woke up with the post about the higher xbox live subscription costs, heh…

    People, it’s only a controller, you are in no way obligated to buy it and you can still opt to buy the classic one. No need to complain: Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Problem solved.

  • Mikewarrior

    Well now isn’t this a surprise… NOT! Leave it to Microscrew to FINALLY fix a known D-Pad issue, yet ask for you to become a little more poorer in the process. GET A CLUE MICROCRAP, I SHOULN’T HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR YOUR SORRY MISTAKES, oh wait… I should expect it now after you trained me to pay for all your other crap! :^|

  • SadisticDeath4U

    Its the MS way.. Force crap on you that you dont need or want with stuff you want to buy then up the price and say its because of the stuff you dont want… I am sure most of us own a play and charge kit already yet MS forces you to pay for a nother if you want the new controller.. FU MS…

  • Boe2

    Also, why are the ones complaining the most the shooter fanatics, aka the ones that need the improved d-pad the least? You really love to complain, don’t you?

  • Mikewarrior

    It’s the Micro$uck way… Instead of including something useful as a rechargeable battery for you know a WIRE-LESS controller, they offer the charge cable that is useless without that rechargeable battery. Micro$uck wants you to then go out and buy another battery… Hell, those rechargeable Micro$uck batteries have a crappy lifespan & don’t keep a charge so you keep needing to buy more. Micro$uck, can you ever do anything right?

  • StabaCadaver

    Looks nice, might pick one up when it’s not a bundle. I own 3 play and charge kits since launch and they never worked correctly. Always gotta keep them plugged in.

  • HsitH

    Oh, and this will be bundled with all new systems going forward after its launch…right? RIGHT?

    Poor Major, taking all the flak :(

  • VENOM MADNESS

    Mike is an idiot

  • VENOM MADNESS

    Sony controllers are good if you have small girl hands like dlord

  • penguin1992

    Bundled only with a play and charge kit? Unnecissary. And how could this possibly interest veterans of the 360? I have 4 controllers already, what reason do you possibly give me to “upgrade” when I could get a full priced game and then some?

  • DeadOne Walking

    Hey everyone and especially Major Nelson, here are my thoughts on this. They will have some things already said.
    Wow… it’s hard to say if this if worth it.
    I never needed the buttons to be color coded, but some people rely on it. That was a bad move that very easy to fix. For some reason, I don’t think Microsoft will. Every so often a game has been released that shows the button to push only by color. This removes these instructions and tutorials completely.
    In addition, as others have said, there are new gamers and even young gamers that go by the color, not the letter designation of the buttons.
    The overall case design of using multiple colors seems off to me. I just don’t see a point to it, but it’s only cosmetic.
    The updated D-Pad unfortunately is long over due. Really, this has been the one thing bringing the controller down. And if it’s twisting the pad that either raises or lowers it, what to prevent accidental changes? As stated, there are fighting games where you need to get in constant range of motion inputs that might change the level.
    Also how much more, if at all, accurate is the D-Pad? If when the circle is lowered it keeps the pad from being easily moved and pressing side buttons, then this could be a big win.
    Unfortunately, I think most people will either want, or need to try it out before making an opinion. I for one won’t even consider getting one without testing the D-Pad out because of these possible issues.
    Finally, why is it only available as a bundle? That just seems like a real rip-off to people who already have the solutions to using batteries. Weather they are using AA Rechargeables, a play-n-charge kit, the quick charge kit, or a 3rd party charger most people are already set.
    This with no longer selling the battery’s alone simply tells consumers that you are going to raise the price of all wireless controllers, and sell them as a bundle ONLY. This is a real bad way to change marketing things for the XBox because a big part of the XBox was choice and options. It was never an overwhelming amount, but it was a decent amount that was there.
    In terms of people who just gt new XBox’s, no company will simply put something like this into the new systems or announce it right away. I know the 360S was just released, but it’s a profit game, and there is profit loss by either releasing the controller at the same time or even announcing it at the same time.

  • Mikewarrior

    Micro$uck says “Kinect will revolutionize gaming with controller-free play at $150!”

    “Oh, by the way, here’s a new $65 controller to add to that great controller-free play.”

    Btw, I mant to put in QUALITY rechargeable battery… It’s not really a wireless controller if you have to constantly have the charge cable plugged in… duh!

  • Mikewarrior

    That button colors is another stupid idea by Micro$uck… You completely break the corresponding colors with the dash colored button images that most 360 games share as well. DUMB, DUMB, DUMB = You are dumb Micro$uck!!!

  • A FATAL ERR0R

    Poor Major, its been a tough week for announcements lol. I like this, I probably wont buy it, after buying so many 360′s ive got several controllers.

  • I DLord I

    @ Venom Madness

    Better than being ugly, and a fan boy. And having this controller made for your gorilla hands.

    http://paranerds.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/original_controller.jpg

  • Smkymtnkid

    You raise monthly rates, then you wanna sell us more over priced crap???

 

Twitter Feed


see more
Latest Podcast
MNR 508

see more
search
Ads