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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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By OxBow on 7/11/2007 3:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
I could swear I saw these things already available for the PS3. A little keyboard attachment that plugs onto the controller, and colored gels that slip over the controllers for "style and comfort."

Games, accessories and microtransactions are where these companies make their money, so this is just to be expected. I never thought I'd use an accessory like this, but then my wife picked up wood grain face place for the 360 from a clearance bin. I did make the 360 more attractive, but that's basically putting a bag over it's head. It's still malformed and horribly unreliable.

Microsoft has some great games coming down the pike. Especially if you like to shoot things. They should have concentrated on their strengths and left these puff products in the side booths.

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