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New Xbox 360 Pad: Your ideas for Microsoft?

Depending on which way you look at it, we have some good or bad news for Xbox 360 owners. Microsoft is reportedly thinking about changing the design of their Xbox 360 controller. We want them to hear your best ideas.

According to this report from Joystiq, Microsoft are finally looking to revamp the design, with the d-pad in pole position for a radical update. It is no secret that fighting games i.e Street Fighter IV remain an unneccessary challenge when using the 360 d-pad, so I’m sure there are a lot of pleased owners out there reading this.

Joystiq state that Microsoft are planning to alter the d-pad, so it stands a quarter of an inch higher, whenever you rotate it 90 degrees. Aside from that bit of information, thats all we have to go on at the moment.

Which is why we need your help. Personally, I think it is a great idea that they are considering a design upgrade – especially for the Xbox 360 too, and not just thinking about the 720 or whatever it will end up being called.

Do you already have an idea on what you’d like the 360 pad to look like? It wouldn’t be a bad thing if they took some tips from the PS3 pad, everyone knows that the Dual-Shock that Sony patented was a great invention, just like the original SNES pad.

I would like the Xbox 360 to be lighter for one, and not feel so bulky when gripping it. A lighter, compact design with Microsoft’s same form factor and an improved d-pad would go down a treat – do you agree?

I know you have some better ideas. Leave us a comment with your best ones!

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Does anybody know who to email a controller idea to Microsoft/xbox? I’m a right arm amputee and I would like for them to build a pistol like the 1911 that would move side to side where ever it points all the other buttons that a person like me or a left amputee could use to play Black Ops II


What are you talking about, “take some tips from sony”. The xbox 360 has the best controller out there. If they want to impove it and actually beable to sell it they need to NOT do everything you said. If they did that, the controller would be just as shitty as the small, uncomfortable PS3 controller.

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