Off the back of the news that Microsoft are aiming to revise the look of the Xbox 360 controller, we have discovered a video that shows you the refined controller in all it’s glory — with a new metallic coloured D-pad, and colourless buttons.
The video (that can be viewed below) comes from Larry Hyrb, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live who took the new creation to YouTube where he explains the new features of the refined Xbox 360 controller.
When we first see it, it looks pretty much the same. For that, I was initially pretty disappointed, but on closer inspection we notice two obvious differences.
The D-pad – Although not massively used in this day and age, the new improved d-pad looks polished, and quite stylish. The main feature being that it can be twisted so the ‘plus sign’ raises up that gives you the choice of using it as a flat disc, or raised pad.
ABXY Buttons – Where have the colors gone? Quite strangely, Microsoft have removed the color-coded aspect of the buttons and replaced them with simple white and dark grey colors respectively.
One other thing to note is that the ergonomics of the analogue sticks have been honed with the controller now being sold with a play and charge kit.
Price – Yea, we knew this would be a talking point. Microsoft have been making some changes to their services over the past day or two, with the price increase of Xbox Live Gold, and now they want to charge us $65 when the controller comes out in November. Pit this against the cost of Kinect and Xbox Live and you are sure to be out of pocket by the end of the year.
No word on how much it will cost when it comes out in Europe in February 2011, but we are sure it will be even more obsured than it’s American brother.
Source: Tech Watch