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Post by Dan @ 02:45pm 01/09/10 | 15 Comments
Xbox have confirmed the rumours of a new controller model for the Xbox 360 today with community rep Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb lifting the veil to give us a good look.

It's not a major overhaul but gamers that like to use the D-pad arrows when available might be interested to see the new screw mechanism that aims to make D-Pad movement control more accurate and responsive.
The engineers have come up with an ingenious solution with a d-pad that can go from a plus to a disc with the twist of the wrist.
It also does away with the Red/Green/Blue/Yellow buttons for the first time, opting for a greyscale pallette. For a closer look at the new D-Pad in action, check out the video on Major Nelson's blog.

The controller is due to hit U.S. shelves (only with a new Play & Charge kit) on November 9th 2010. Hyrb mentions that a European release is expected in Feburary 2011, so Australia will likely see them around then also.



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DM
Posted 02:52pm 01/9/10
Grey scale looks really cool oddly enough. Bout time they fixed the s***** D-pad controls too as so many times I push up and the thing goes left or right instead. Now if they can just make the damn thing bigger so people with big hands like myself don't feel like they are holding a toy that is threatening to snap at any moment, i'll be very happy.

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Pinky
Posted 02:52pm 01/9/10
Here's the vid to save you clicking through - it says it all really. Interesting design with the D-Pad.
ravn0s
Posted 03:00pm 01/9/10
Now if they can just make the damn thing bigger so people with big hands like myself don't feel like they are holding a toy that is threatening to snap at any moment, i'll be very happy.


you must be a f*****g giant.
groganus
Posted 03:46pm 01/9/10
i think the controller colours look f*****g stupid and completely clash with my black xbox.

but what ever.
Enska
Posted 06:28pm 01/9/10
you must be a f*****g giant.


bahahah my thoughts exactly.
Whoop
Posted 06:42pm 01/9/10
I'm with that other guy, I find the controller just a tad too small and my hands get cramped :(

Also I guess they'll have to change all their games & UI that say press red to go back since there's no red button any more.
fpot
Posted 06:43pm 01/9/10
The greyscale is dumb.

What they should do is have the left thumbstick as normal, but make the right thumbstick a little mini trackball. Would make controllers leet for fps games.
Yerolo
Posted 07:16pm 01/9/10
I've never had a problem with the current D-pad
fpot
Posted 07:27pm 01/9/10
Play many arcade games? It's suckiness is really exposed on those.
MatchFixah
Posted 10:25pm 01/9/10
I've never had a problem with the current D-pad
Yeah that's probably because you use it to switch between weapons or change views or some other lame s*** once in a while.

In a fighting game try doing this combo with precision motion timing:

>v><><>><^^^^^^>^>^<<<^^^^v^^^>^>^>>^^>^>^^^>v^ light punch.

and that's just for a 2 hit combo.
DM
Posted 11:18pm 01/9/10
but make the right thumbstick a little mini trackball

Holy f*** what an awesome idea. Why hasn't someone worked this out as a sort of premium controller type deal?
fpot
Posted 11:23pm 01/9/10
I reckon that would be just as good as a mouse when you get used to it. Also this was the infamous SwissCMs idea.
Midda
Posted 11:39pm 01/9/10
Wtf, how is the 360 control too small? I'm 6'5", and so my hands are proportionally large, and the 360 controller fits absolutely perfectly in my hands.

You're either like 8 feet tall, or you're full of s***.
ViscoS
Posted 11:58pm 01/9/10
I actually liked the size of the first controllers on the original xbox...
DM
Posted 12:09am 02/9/10
^ Me too. It wasn't huge like everyone complained. At least not to me and that felt more natural
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