The Xbox 360 controller has always been shat on in regards to its d-pad. The d-pad is the directional buttons on the left side of the controller that look similar to the old days of videogame controllers. For some reason the 360’s d-pad has been criticized for being unresponsive, or all together clunky for certain games. This mainly applies to fighting games that need precise button inputs to pull off some of the special moves. Think “Hadouken!” I’ve never had an issue with the d-pad because I’m an awesome gamer, but for those of you that have, an expensive solution is on the horizon.
Just today Major Nelson officially announced the newest 360 controller that has a transforming d-pad and a new look. The controller will do away with the colored face buttons and make them monochrome. The controller itself will be silver and black versus plain white. The real selling point is the transforming d-pad. It can be raised or lowered depending on the type of gamer you are, or what type of game you’re playing. I’ll let the Major demo it for you in the video below.
I doubt I’ll be picking one of these up on November 9th because they’re going to run a whopping $65. Why would they not bundle these with the new Xbox 360 slims? $65 is a rip considering all I’m getting is black and white buttons and a d-pad that moves up and down. Plus I tend to go through these things like a fat kid eating cake. Let’s just say I sometimes have a temper. You’ve been cleverly duped into buying a controller that should’ve been shipping all along…
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