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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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RE: Oh yeah!
By omnicronx on 7/11/2007 11:21:19 AM , Rating: 2
accessories and games are where the real money lies, not in the consoles. Microsoft needs to make up some cash and this is the way to do it. Making the console smaller will only compound the heat issues they are already having, so right now i would say that is dead last on my list. Cool accessories = more people interested in the 360 for different reasons. Its worked so far for the wii and it could easily work for the 360.

stupid addons.. maybe... but all i can see here is you complaining about what you dont want, but what exactly are you looking for?? a transformer 360 that turns from xbox to talking human companion that helps save the world?


RE: Oh yeah!
By hardwaremister on 7/11/2007 12:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not complaining, but underlining the need of a reworked and shrinked wafer-wise 360. A redesigned, shrinked revison of the console parts should translate into a higher level of reliability. I never meant to ask for a smaller in size or volume console!

And yeah... that's what's really holding me back from buying a 360 now. I also believe i'm not the only one in that situation, because many people must have been scared after all this RROD stuff on the net.

Don't forget this is the first console M$ are manufacturing on their own! The original xbox was built upon almost-mainstream parts proven-technology by then!

I just wanted to be ironic about 'craving for those pink controllers', but clearly stated my worries. They might make some short-term money from their accesories, but they need people to buy more consoles, and they also need to avoid manufacturating the prone_to_fail first gen 360's because that's gonna be a huge long-term money drain and also keeps people not wanting to spend their money in a troublesome device. Ironing out their problems would REALLY help to encourage more people to join the 360's user base.


RE: Oh yeah!
By omnicronx on 7/11/2007 12:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
very true, i thought you were talking about the console size. I for one am also holding back, waiting for the 65nm dies (and hopefully fancy heat pipes and spreaders).
Lucky for me all thats wrong with my xbox is the disc spins off and scratches discs.. which i just fixed with a little surgery by removing the dvd drive and putting those stupid rubber pads inside the dvd case (which it had a grand total of 0 so any time the case moved or vibrated the disc would hit the top.. not good with a subwoofer) weird as hell considering i took the pads from several old dvd drives i had lying around which all had at least one.. thx microsoft!! hope you saved 2cents a console. seems to be fixed now but i want hdmi.

and you are truly right about the fixing the prone to fail first gen;s and even a damn pricedrop instead of accessories.. but we all know ms is all about the money.


RE: Oh yeah!
By deeznuts on 7/11/2007 1:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
accessories and games are where the real money lies, not in the consoles.


True, but as soon as MS makes their console more reliable (65nm) I'll buy an elite and they'll be selling me black accessories!


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