Hitting stores today is a brand new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. This new controller comes is beautiful matte silver and has a special redesigned D-Pad... that transforms. I’ll point you over to Major Nelson to give you the full low-down on the new controller.
The new Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with transforming D-Pad is available only with the new Play & Charge Kit for $64.99. You should be able to pick it up from the usual retailers that carry Xbox 360 accessories.
Now, if you happen to have an Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver connected to your Windows PC, guess what? You can use this new controller with your PC to play games just like you could with the older Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. So if you’re like me and prefer using a controller for PC gaming, this might be a good step-up especially with the transforming D-Pad. You can also use the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller to play the in-box games in Windows 7 like Chess Titans. Yes I like playing Chess on my PC with a Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. Truthfully I am really digging Batman: Arkham Asylum (I’ve got the “Game of the Year” Edition) being a huge Batman fan and can’t wait for its sequel and I’m going to be picking up Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 which uses DirectX 11 for some awesome game-play.
Here are a few more pics of the new controller:
wow it has outstanding look...
I have a wireless xbox 360 controller and the USB charger for it. Can I use it to play [wired] on my PC without having to resort buying the wireless receiver for windows?
And if so, where can I find the drivers for Windows 7 64 bit (if available)?
Where can I get a genuine Microsoft Wireless receiver? All I can find are knock-offs and the link on this page does not go where it is supposed to go when you press "Buy Now"
@Brandon - But are there (or will there be) controllers which are black *and* have a transforming d-pad?
@Khalood - I am not aware of any plans for a wired version but if that changes, I'll be sure to post about it.
@Johan Bruné - there are already controllers out there that have a black top and are completely black. Unless I misunderstood your question?
@Jon Worrel - which game are you going to be maxing out on?
I like the older colored buttons, too. I do like the fact that it will work with a Windows PC (it is all based on USB, anyway, right?). Still looks like it will be awesome! Can't wait to try it out.
Now how about a wired version?
This controller is exactly what I've been waiting for! After picking one of these up at the Microsoft Store in Orange County, Southern California, I'll be bringing my rig over to a friend's place where we'll be completely maxing out this game on an LG 47LX6500 47-Inch 3D HDTV at 1920x1080 with the following:
EVGA X58 SLI Classified E759
Intel Core i7 Extreme 980X
2x Radeon HD 5970 2GB [Quad-CrossFireX]
6GB DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-20
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
It almost reminds me of Ben Kuchera's self-image on ArsTechnica:
This is going to be one hell of a Veterans Day Weekend!
I agree with WP7Geek. Transforming d-pad is nice, but why such a light grey and monochrome buttons? The new (slim) Xbox is only sold in black, the elite was black... only fairly old 360s are still white. Will there be a version of this controller with a black top?
The monochrome A B X Y buttons seem like an odd choice to me too. All the games will show the original colors of the buttons in the manuals as well as in-game, this will confuse people.
the grey buttons look awful.. not sure why they got rid of the old colorful ones
Wonderful! This is really a good idea
Ooh! I want one! Looks fantastic!