Today Microsoft revealed, via Major Nelson’s blog, a new wireless controller model that finally addresses everyone’s biggest issue with the Xbox 360 controller: the d-pad.
Featuring a “transforming” d-pad, the new controller allows gamers to raise and lower the surrounding plastic with a simple twist. Now gamers might actually get the chance to play Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Marvel vs. Capcom without having to buy a tournament stick.
The new controller also features “concave” thumb-sticks, gray and black face buttons and a sleek silver matte finish.
According to the post, the new controller will be available on November 9 as part of a “new Play and Charge Kit.” U.S. gamers will have to shell out $64.99 to get their hands on this kit. Canadian gamers will have to drop $69.99 for the same kit.
Personally, I think this is a great idea. I usually go out of my way to pick up all my fighting games for my PS3 rather than my Xbox simply because of the PS3′s d-pad. I honestly think that the current 360 d-pad is one of the worst in the history of gaming. It’s just so clunky and unresponsive. I can’t wait to try out this new controller and see if it’s any better.
What do you guys think about this? I can’t be the only one who hates the 360′s d-pad. Are you guys interested in this adjustable controller? Let us know what you think with a comment.