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
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