Microsoft introduces new transforming Xbox 360 controller

Microsoft has unveiled a brand new wireless controller which includes a d-pad that transforms from a plus to a disc.

The new controller aims to improve precision, accuracy and control for both directional and sweeping movements. The updated controller includes a special edition matte silver colour with a unique button design and comes with a play and charge kit. The controller features concave analog sticks and gray A,B,X,Y buttons for added style. You can see a demonstration of how the new controller works, below. Microsoft revealed it has successfully patented the transforming d-pad too.

Microsoft says the controller will launch on November 9 priced at $64.99 in the United States. If you're in Europe you'll have to wait until February 2011 to get your hands on your own transformer.

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i have a battery charger i dont need another wire to either roll up and stuff into my overloaded wire drawer that already has a charge and play wire i dont use. Or i'd just throw it away, but then thats a waste of money now isn't it?

At least we're on-topic; carry on

nobody seems to care why the plus transform into a freaking disc. seems this one is reserved for stupid fanboys.

I may buy this, I was intending to get myself a Halo Reach controller but if this one has a better feel to it I'll get this one.

I must be ****ing smoking if I'm going to buy another one. I have 6 xbox 360 controllers, and not even a WiiMote look a like controller will make me buy it.

I believe the 360 S looks and feels the right way.

Is not that I'm not defaming or downgrading the new 360 controller, but after having 6 of them (by various reasons), I think this is not a buy. Although they look awesome and it should be a great ergonomically.

P.S: I won't pay 65 dollars for some new feature that I won't use anyways.
Is like paying for Windows 7 Ultimate, when you can do everything else with Home premium. *at least for me.

Why didn't they announce this along with the new Xbox and make it the default controller that comes with it? Oh thats right, that wouldn't make them as much money as making you buy the new controller seperatly.

Alright, I responded this up above, but I think it bears it's own post...

Think this through. If you've been playing xbox for a while, something like this would interest you. At a point where you would collect such a novelty, you know your controller pretty darn well, and instinctively hit the bottom button when prompted (A). I know I don't go searching for (B) on my controller when I want to crouch in CoD anymore, lol. For those who would get trouble from this (ie. new gamers), you probably just got an xbox, or are at a friend's house. Either way, you have your own controller that came with your new xbox, or your friend should have a secondary controller that isn't gray for you to use. You DON'T HAVE TO USE THIS. It's being made out up above that now this has come out, you have to buy it, even if you don't like it, just because it's come out. If you have a problem with colors, don't buy it. That's called free will, people. Enjoy it, it comes standard here.

smartin0115 said,
Alright, I responded this up above, but I think it bears it's own post...

Think this through. If you've been playing xbox for a while, something like this would interest you. At a point where you would collect such a novelty, you know your controller pretty darn well, and instinctively hit the bottom button when prompted (A). I know I don't go searching for (B) on my controller when I want to crouch in CoD anymore, lol. For those who would get trouble from this (ie. new gamers), you probably just got an xbox, or are at a friend's house. Either way, you have your own controller that came with your new xbox, or your friend should have a secondary controller that isn't gray for you to use. You DON'T HAVE TO USE THIS. It's being made out up above that now this has come out, you have to buy it, even if you don't like it, just because it's come out. If you have a problem with colors, don't buy it. That's called free will, people. Enjoy it, it comes standard here.


I responded to your reply up above, but as you felt the need to post it again, I shall also respond a second time.

"While we're both thinking, if you've been playing xbox for a while, you'll already have a play and charge kit or a quick charge device. And yet Microsoft feel the need to force a P&C kit on you whether you want/need one or not. How I love contradictions."

TCLN Ryster said,

I responded to your reply up above, but as you felt the need to post it again, I shall also respond a second time.

"While we're both thinking, if you've been playing xbox for a while, you'll already have a play and charge kit or a quick charge device. And yet Microsoft feel the need to force a P&C kit on you whether you want/need one or not. How I love contradictions."

Meh, I have two USB slots. Although I do already have the normal P&C, so I would be mildly annoyed. All I can say is hey, I like the prospect of it, but I'll spend $60 on a new game rather than a new controller. I have no need to collect stuff =D

I've always associated my button mashing responses of game sequence events to the colors rather than the actual alphabet on the controller. Guess a readjustment is in order.

the new D-pad is really necessary, fighting games (mortal kombat, tekken...) are almost impossible with the current controller

Well I'm gutted, the title led me to believe the controller was going to transform into some amazing battle axe or something

I'll admit that I do like the design. I like the grayscale buttons quite a bit.

However, I don't see this improving my gameplay what-so-ever.

Not that I need to.

wow...$64 for a single controller...wtf...lets reacap....first lets raise live subscriptions across the board with little to no visible improvements for justification...second lets add a piece of plastic to a existing controller and charge 20 bucks more...can anyone say nickel and dimed?

Windows7even said,
wow...$64 for a single controller...wtf...lets reacap....first lets raise live subscriptions across the board with little to no visible improvements for justification...second lets add a piece of plastic to a existing controller and charge 20 bucks more...can anyone say nickel and dimed?

It includes a play and charge kit. Read the article before posting, otherwise you might look ignorant.

For everyone complaining about buttons: This is clearly not aimed at people picking up a controller for the first time. And it doesn't really matter that they've lost their color for people who are experienced with the controller already. Games which feature colored buttons will not change, and if a game happens to show a Red B button, I associate that with a movement; it does not matter if the actual color of my controller has changed. I do not look down to find the Red B button, and I hope to God none of you would either.

What a BS. Lame D-pad and desaturated buttons. In every game are color buttons, not grayscale. Complete nonsense.

6205 said,
What a BS. Lame D-pad and desaturated buttons. In every game are color buttons, not grayscale. Complete nonsense.
Agree about the buttons. Not about the D-pad though... don't knock that until you've tried it. The current D-pad is pretty poor and can only get better really.

satukoro said,
I'll admit, it's a hot controller.
I would hope not, holding it for extended periods might get uncomfortable if it was.

Nice colour scheme. I was expecting some sort of Transformers robot 360 controller!
Still pretty neat though, and nice that there is still some innovation to be made in the design and utilisation of the trusty controller.

I wonder how many times the d-pad will be able to "transform" like that before breaking..
As for the black & white buttons, I'm sure people will put up guides to swap them out with the coloured buttons on the old controllers, shouldn't be too hard to figure out either.

harjeet said,
I wonder how many times the d-pad will be able to "transform" like that before breaking..
As for the black & white buttons, I'm sure people will put up guides to swap them out with the coloured buttons on the old controllers, shouldn't be too hard to figure out either.
swapping out would be easy, just get one of special screwdrivers and open them up

harjeet said,
I wonder how many times the d-pad will be able to "transform" like that before breaking..
As for the black & white buttons, I'm sure people will put up guides to swap them out with the coloured buttons on the old controllers, shouldn't be too hard to figure out either.

I'll bet there will be guides that have you mod the current controller to put the new swivel d-pad in there.

Do you think this guy has ever used a camera attached to his computer before? He is trying to show you the controller, but most of the time it is out of view....

COME ON...

Nagamasa said,
What happened to Kinect?
Kinect is unrelated to this, the point of this controller is to improve on a "Design flaw" in the D-pad.

Could they have gotten any lower budget on that video.. apparently they couldn't even afford a 2 channel mic.. I thought my right ear had plugged up for a minute.

xendrome said,
Could they have gotten any lower budget on that video.. apparently they couldn't even afford a 2 channel mic.. I thought my right ear had plugged up for a minute.

You mean your left ear. I think there might be something screwed up in your configuration.

Yeah, i had this too. I was only listening with one headphone and was wondering if they left the sound out of the video at first...

While that is neat, I don't see many people going out to buy this for $65. And I miss the colored buttons!

I don't have a 360, but I use their wired controller for PC gaming. I don't find the D-pad uncomfortable; I find the 2 L and R triggers uncomfortable. They hurt your fingers after a while of holding them down...

Kondrath said,
And I miss the colored buttons!
I don't have a 360, but I use their wired controller for PC gaming. I don't find the D-pad uncomfortable; I find the 2 L and R triggers uncomfortable. They hurt your fingers after a while of holding them down...

Same here, PC and 360 controller. I think the colored buttons are really a must, they increase the ease of use a lot.
But the D-pad of the 360 is very inaccurate: I have wasted a lot of medikit in AC2 trying to select the hidden blades. And a game like Street Fighter 4 is really unplayable since you can't rely on the perfect execution of your moves.

testman said,
No matter what others may do, nothing can beat the Nintendo D pad!

On the DSi, at least. Then 3DS comes out and we have a new D-Pad champ.

Matt Hardwick said,
What a pile of rubbish. Why wasn't this included with the new 360s? And what's with the silver? I want my coloured buttons!

A whole load of contradictions there. You say it's rubbish but bemoan it not being included as standard. Which do you want? If it's **** then it'd be stupid to make it non-optional. And who cares what YOU want? If you don't want it, then don't buy it. At least you'll be given a choice, which you wouldn't have if it was included with new 360s as standard as you suggested!

@Neowin was there any need to use the old Xbox logo for the page?

Looks nice! Wish it was in black though

That's pretty cool, but I don't like how the ABXY buttons are B&W. Kind of weird and defeats the purpose ... especially since a lot of games reference the buttons by colour as well as the ABXY label.

Lexcyn said,
That's pretty cool, but I don't like how the ABXY buttons are B&W. Kind of weird and defeats the purpose ... especially since a lot of games reference the buttons by colour as well as the ABXY label.

Yea I've seen a lot of games reference the colour. I don't really like the fact they've removed the colour

Tom W said,

Yea I've seen a lot of games reference the colour. I don't really like the fact they've removed the colour

I don't see the problem, as they also have labels on them. It didn't stop the Super NES from being successful in the states, so I don't see the problem with this one.

Tom W said,

Yea I've seen a lot of games reference the colour. I don't really like the fact they've removed the colour

Yeah, absolutely. How about games like Boom Boom Rocket where all you get is a colored arrow? Users with this controller no longer have the colors... VERY strange design choice...

stupid to not leave the buttons in their original colours imo.. it's a pretty useful thing for new users, if they see 'tap x to blabla' on screen with the x being a blue icon it's much easier to recognize on the controller in your hand than just seeing an x.

Drunken Beard said,
I think they're aiming this at hardcore players. New/Casuals don't care about the D-Pad anyway IMO.

If that was true, they wouldn't be bundling it with the play and charge. "Hardcore players" will already have either a P&C or a quick charge device. Forcing you into buying another P&C just to get this is a silly waste of resources.

The Guardian said,
NICE!!! Although unless they also come out with a wired version, I will stick to my current one! I just can't stand Wireless controllers!

Really? Can I ask why? I'm just curious. I would never go back to a wired controller personally...

M_Lyons10 said,

Really? Can I ask why? I'm just curious. I would never go back to a wired controller personally...

Don'y mind Guardian and his unsubstantiated irrational and unexplained preferences... nothing to see here, move along.

The Guardian said,
NICE!!! Although unless they also come out with a wired version, I will stick to my current one! I just can't stand Wireless controllers!

Since it comes with the plug 'n play charge kit, it gives you a cord to use to charge your batteries which would allow it to act like a wired controller. Problem solved.

M_Lyons10 said,

Really? Can I ask why? I'm just curious. I would never go back to a wired controller personally...

I personally prefer it because you don't have to worry about charging or batteries. Plus you can use it on your PC.

red. said,

I personally prefer it because you don't have to worry about charging or batteries. Plus you can use it on your PC.

As long as you keep the plug 'n play Charging cable hooked up to the controller it will act exactly like a wired Xbox 360 Controller, even connect to the PC.

MrChainsaw said,
tbh the colour buttons looks better

And make more sense. The whole interface of the Xbox is geared around coloured buttons combined with a letter. By removing the colours your reducing the ease of use as all you have to go on now is the letter.

MrChainsaw said,
tbh the colour buttons looks better

+18,446,744,073,709,551,615.
A lot of Xbox games associate colors with buttons...those gray ones are ugly.

TCLN Ryster said,

The whole interface of the Xbox is geared around coloured buttons combined with a letter. By removing the colours your reducing the ease of use as all you have to go on now is the letter.

Yeah, as a casual console gamer I need the colors there to help me find the buttons lol, but I suppose they aren't marketing this controller for casual gamers anyway.

I'd say, grays look soooo epic but, in practice they are severely inconvenient. Even more so when the X practically disappeared!

TCLN Ryster said,

And make more sense. The whole interface of the Xbox is geared around coloured buttons combined with a letter. By removing the colours your reducing the ease of use as all you have to go on now is the letter.

Absolutely! What a strange change to make...

MrChainsaw said,
tbh the colour buttons looks better

-1
I disagree. At least in my case, I don't want devices in our entertainment center to "look like" toys. The greyscale buttons make the controller blend in much nicer when not in use.

TCLN Ryster said,

And make more sense. The whole interface of the Xbox is geared around coloured buttons combined with a letter. By removing the colours your reducing the ease of use as all you have to go on now is the letter.

Think though. If you've been playing xbox for a while, something like this would interest you. At a point where you would collect such a novelty, you know your controller pretty darn well, and instinctively hit the bottom button when prompted (A). I know I don't go searching for (B) on my controller when I want to crouch in CoD anymore, lol. For those who would get trouble from this (ie. new gamers), you probably just got an xbox, or are at a friend's house. Either way, you have your own controller that came with your new xbox, or your friend should have a secondary controller that isn't gray for you to use.

smartin0115 said,
Think though. If you've been playing xbox for a while, something like this would interest you. At a point where you would collect such a novelty, you know your controller pretty darn well, and instinctively hit the bottom button when prompted (A). I know I don't go searching for (B) on my controller when I want to crouch in CoD anymore, lol. For those who would get trouble from this (ie. new gamers), you probably just got an xbox, or are at a friend's house. Either way, you have your own controller that came with your new xbox, or your friend should have a secondary controller that isn't gray for you to use.

While we're both thinking, if you've been playing xbox for a while, you'll already have a play and charge kit or a quick charge device. And yet Microsoft feel the need to force a P&C kit on you whether you want/need one or not. How I love contradictions.