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Xbox 360 controller with Messenger Kit (Source: Microsoft)

Pink and blue controllers join the available white and black (Source: Microsoft)
QWERTY keypad and new controller colors coming to Xbox 360 this fall

The Xbox 360 Spring 2007 update added to the console Windows Live Messenger support, allowing gamers to chat while playing or watching videos. With the cumbersome and slow nature of entering text with the standard controller, Microsoft unveiled a controller keypad attachment.

At E3, Microsoft formally named the keypad accessory the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit, which attaches to the standard controller, giving users access to a QWERTY layout for entering text while maintaining gameplay functionality in one easy-to-hold device. The Xbox 360 Messenger Kit includes a Chatpad and Xbox 360 Headset, and will be available beginning September 6 for $29.99.

Microsoft’s console went through its first year and a half with only beige, until the Xbox 360 Elite brought with it the black controller. This fall will see additional colors added into the mix, with pink and shades of blue to debut in October for $49.99 each.

Those looking for even more colorful controllers should look at the special Halo 3-themed Xbox 360 controllers featuring Todd McFarlane artwork and the Spartan green console and controller that are a part of the Halo Special Edition console.



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cool
By omnicronx on 7/11/2007 9:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
now thats friggin cool, countless hours of wasted time typing, i will definitely be getting one of these.

what i want to know is will this work on your pc with the wireless adaptor as your mouse and keyboard.. HTPC remote possibly????




RE: cool
By FITCamaro on 7/11/2007 10:08:45 AM , Rating: 2
It probably could as the keyboard but how would a controller work as the mouse? Unless they implemented a driver than used the right or left analog stick to move the mouse around. Completely doable but doesn't mean they will. I guess someone else could always do it.


RE: cool
By Kefner on 7/11/2007 10:31:29 AM , Rating: 2
I can't remember the name of the software, but there is some program out there that lets you map thumb pads to mouse controls. I think it was called key to joy, or something like that, but it basically maps keyboard and mouse controls to a controller to control PC games that are keyboard/mouse only. I used this once to see if I could control the pointer on my desktop with a controller, and it worked great.


RE: cool
By omnicronx on 7/11/2007 10:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
ya the pointer is one thing, i have seen that before, but if you potentially have a keyboard and mouse in one easy control, the sky is only the limit. you could do alot more.. especially with mce.


RE: cool
By BigLan on 7/11/2007 10:53:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's called pinnacle, but can't be bothered googling it.


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