New Xbox 360 wireless controller hits shelves today

Are you tired of being out of shape? Think it might be time to cut way back on your Xbox 360 play, get off that darn couch, and go for a run? Well, forget it—Microsoft released its new wireless controller for the Xbox 360 today.

As you can see from the picture below, the controller hasn’t changed since Microsoft previewed it in August:

 

The controller features a d-pad that can be used in "plus" format for directional moves or "disc" format for sweeping moves, up to 35 hours of play per charge, and a 30-foot range. Microsoft sells the thing for $64.99 and bundles it exclusively with the new Play & Charge Kit. Users with an Xbox 360 wireless receiver connected to their computer can use the controller for PC gaming, as well.

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    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    But can it play Crysis?

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    This controller is fine. you’re all a bunch of crybabies. if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. it’s for fighting games, as the 360 sucked for them. it’s a good idea. don’t agree, play some streetfighter iv and get back to me. I totally support this move.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 9 years ago

      it’s the cost that I don’t get

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    AMAZING. NO MORE COLORED BUTTONS.

    HOW WILL MICROSOFT INNOVATE NEXT?!

    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t understand….why?

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    Slow news day, eh Cyr–

    r[<**RECORD SCRATCH**<]r Who the hell is Matt Trinca?

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Um, ok, aside from the D-pad which is supposed to enhance my gaming experience in a way I don’t really understand why my current, bundled Xbox 360 controller can’t, I don’t see why I should buy this controller. My current controller works well enough, thank you.

      • HisDivineShadow
      • 9 years ago

      Don’t you get it? Microsoft’s bleeding cash and they want you to help them fund more failed phone experiments.

      See, they re-released the Xbox 360 as the Xbox 360 “The Way It Should Have Been the First Time” edition where they copied all the best parts of the original PS3 to make their 360 awesome (ie., shiny black with silver trim, quiet fans, built-in wireless, release with enough space on the system to run without immediately needing an upgrade) and expected anyone who didn’t want their ears to bleed or their console to need warranty service in the next year to go and buy it. They raised the price of Live by $10 per year. And now, having just re-released their console, they end the year by re-releasing the controller they just re-released in a different all black/chrome color config in ANOTHER configuration with a new d-pad to get everyone who just bought a new 360 (or a second or third or fourth or fifth or sixth, depending on how unlucky your failure rate was) to get you to invest in YET another Xbox replacement because they finally fixed a problem that existed five years ago when the console first launched. (Yeah, they just got around to fixing the problem now.)

      Throw in the Kinect for $150 and they hope you’ll help them fund the Windows 8 Phone and perhaps the Kin 2: Revenge of the Pointless.

      The question is… how many people WILL help Microsoft keep repeating the same horrible injustices to people just like them before they realize that having to buy a console (and its peripherals) over and over just to have one that runs is NEVER good customer service.

      Nor is it cheaper than a PC. Because more often than not, PC’s keep running.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        Bleeding cash? please see recent quarterly report. you know, the one with the biggest profits ever for the company

    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    Although it’s not like any developers bother to support hte wireless controller for use on the PC. It almost never works out of the box on day 1. And is seldom patched. Only the wired controller seems to work most of the time.

    • funko
    • 9 years ago

    someone needs to release the Sega Saturn japan controller with twin analog sticks in sony’s dual shock positions with extra triggers from the xbox 360 controller (keeping the original digital ones on top) for the perfect controller

    best d-pad and 6 face buttons for street fighter, plus the best analog sticks and triggers all in one controller for FPS/adventure

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      And also with a N64 controller for the left shoulder button, and a Super Scope for the right. Now it’s perfect.

    • Blazex
    • 9 years ago

    so…
    why are the buttons not colored anymore? i understand, a/b/x/y whatever but doesnt that kinda work with anyone to just put the green button on the screen with a letter in it, so everyone gets the idea no matter the skill lvl. >.>

      • bimmerlovere39
      • 9 years ago

      They had to make it look different /[

      • ronch
      • 9 years ago

      Um, because your LCD TV delivers enough colors already and they realized making the buttons colorful just makes your life unnecessarily complicated?

      Er, maybe that’s not it…

        • Blazex
        • 9 years ago

        yes well, most people don’t play xbox religiously and don’t care to remember the colors assigned to the letters, which makes it easier when it pops up on screen instead of press this grey B or grey X+grey A…
        the only thing i expected to change was the look of the d-pad since it was getting some control work done anyway, atleast a more standard d-pad

      • Waco
      • 9 years ago

      I’m honestly shocked it made it through play testing at all (or hell, how the initial idea even caught on)…I can’t remember a single 360 game that *doesn’t* use colored prompts to get you through the game.

      Fail controller is fail.

    • jcw122
    • 9 years ago

    Groundbreaking

      • Dashak
      • 9 years ago

      The sarcasm is strong with this one.

      • Kraft75
      • 9 years ago

      Magical! 😀

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    $65 for a controller…

    Lose money on the console, make it up with price hikes on the games, controllers, tiny hard drives from 5 years ago that fill up just in time for a “new” model, mandatory prices for DLC, online service fee, increase on the online service fee…and then charge about as much for the Kinect nonsense as an entire Wii, years after the fact.

    What a business strategy. Just leave it to the customers to make up for your own shortcomings!

      • TREE
      • 9 years ago

      And whoever was it that said console gaming was cheaper than pc? Utter nonsense.

      If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

      The same principle applies even to big businesses.

      • HisDivineShadow
      • 9 years ago

      This is the truth. People who argue that consoles are cheaper should think of the $400 Xbox 360 at launch, the fact that Microsoft had discontinued the first Xbox about 3 months prior so you could not wait if you were an Xbox gamer, that they made mostly 360’s with the hard drive at launch, charge you for online each year but host no game servers, and then they charge you $130 for hard drives from years ago that cost them $20 plus $2 worth of plastic and a $1 hd controller.

      Then in one year they manage to re-release the console in a form that won’t fail as often (ie., “how they should have released it the first time”), then manage to create a new controller with a d-pad like the one it should have had from launch (ie., “how they should have released it the first time or how they should have re-released it when they re-released the console.”), then manage to raise the cost of Live each year, AND THEN sell Kinect for $150 when it includes a SD camera plus virtually none of the co-processor that the hardware needed to do all the impressive scanning and object manipulation that the peripheral was originally sold as being capable of.

      I didn’t even bother mentioning how expensive the games are compared to the PC versions.

    • superjawes
    • 9 years ago

    §[<http://www2.razerzone.com/onza/<]§ ^^^^^ Better & more interesting.

      • Umbragen
      • 9 years ago

      Agreed, except for the green lighting, but who knows when it will actually be available. It was announced almost a year ago.

        • superjawes
        • 9 years ago

        New info came out just a few weeks ago. For example, there are two versions now. The “Tournament” edition features the adjustable analog sticks, backlighting, and rubberized finish like Razer mice.

        I’m excited for it, and I hope it comes out for the holiday season.

          • HisDivineShadow
          • 9 years ago

          Gotta love it when they call it, “Tournament” edition and it’s already been banned from the tournaments that matter because of its “extra” features.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    Fail Fail is Fail.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t see the point, but then again this isn’t for the LEGO Star Wars gamer, I don’t think.

    • Buzzard44
    • 9 years ago

    I’m not sure how I’m supposed to react to this.

    It looks the same.

    Yay?

      • zdw
      • 9 years ago

      The D-pad rotates 90 degrees, causing the plastic around the + shape to retract, which some players prefer.

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