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The Xbox 360 controller gets a QWERTY keypad for messaging

Despite clearly having PC roots, Microsoft has always wanted to distance the Xbox console from the desktop computer. Because of this, the Xbox consoles never received official keyboard and mouse accessories, despite continued gamer requests. In contrast, Sony has never been shy from adding PC peripherals to its consoles. The PlayStation 2 supported USB keyboard and mice, which is carried over to the PlayStation 3.

Now, it looks like Microsoft is finally softening its stance on the keyboard issue, though the mouse still remains taboo. First seen in a GameSpot story (that now no longer exists on the site), are renders of an Xbox 360 controller with a QWERTY keypad attached.

Reports say that the QWERTY keypad will be its own separate accessory that will attach neatly to the bottom of the Xbox 360 controller, though it is currently unknown exactly how the device will latch on and interface with the controller. From the pictures, it appears that the keypad will cover the port on the bottom of the controller used for the headset connection. Release date is set for the summer, but pricing has yet to be announced.

The purpose of the QWERTY keypad add-on is likely the rumored addition of Windows Live Messenger functionality into the next Xbox 360 Spring Update.

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RE: ok but?
By ObscureCaucasian on 4/9/2007 9:14:18 AM , Rating: 2
The UI isn't setup for mice, any usb stick will be recognized by the console, and any headset w/ an 1/8 inch plug will work.

RE: ok but?
By dome1234 on 4/9/2007 10:01:36 AM , Rating: 2
my point was to illustrate the contrasting strategies, most importantly in "value". Sony is notorious in shameless pushing of its proprietary crap ie. blueray, memory sticks, minidisc, etc. But on the ps3, they don't even have PS3 memory card! on the other hand, ms is charging 40 quid for a puny 64M (ok, elite model etc). If you have a spare sata 2.5", you can't stick in 360, but you could on the ps3.

if sony could do it, why microsoft can't? Lots of moaning on how microsoft do the great xbox live but sony can't do a better job the ps network? And if both microsoft and sony could come up with online plays, why the blazes nintendo still insists on the bloody friend codes?

quote, "Microsoft's been doing the talking, Sony is doing the walking. PlayStation 3 is the console for those that value choice. From a standard three-pronged power cord to a standard hard drive bay, Sony's hardware is compatible with a vast range of products, including additional operating systems (e.g., Linux).

Already own a USB headset? What about a web cam? As Microsoft forces us to buy into -- often inferior -- proprietary devices, Sony welcomes us to use those peripherals we might already have lying around. Bravo!

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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