'Chrome' Xbox 360 controllers on the way

Microsoft unveils red, blue, and silver $55 wireless controllers with transforming D-pads; to ship in Mid-may with color availability varying by region.

In need of a new Xbox 360 controller? Next month, Microsoft will begin selling new "Chrome" wireless controllers in blue, red, and silver, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb announced today.

Microsoft's new controllers come in red, blue, and silver.

Due out in mid-May, the Xbox 360 controllers also feature the new transforming D-pad control input, which was introduced in November 2011.

The controllers will sell for the standard $55, and color availability will vary by region. Gamers can contact their local retailers for specifics on the colors offered.

For more on the new Xbox 360 controllers, check out Microsoft's image gallery.

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Marky360
Marky360

@TheArcade I still call BS I play Tekken 6 online all the time with a wireless controller and never have a problem. Plus there are companies that even make wireless fightsticks now tell me if this supposed lag were real and so detrimental to ones fight skills then why would companies knowingly make wireless fightsticks?

TheArcade
TheArcade

@Marky360 But the whole lag thing was confirmed legit by SRK and other pro fighting game forums. I'm not going to rule out the possibility that such controllers can cause subtle lag.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Paint will probably wear off after a few months. You'd have to pamper it.

GulliversTravel
GulliversTravel

People complaining about the d-pad, its the best you can get on any system right now. The only other that beats it is the Saturn d-pad but otherwise you cant go wrong here.

Ajheyhey
Ajheyhey

why no green!?!? that color would be sick. But will it be slippery?

FLOWZMENTAL
FLOWZMENTAL

Why don't call them what they are shiny plastic. Who remembers M$ saying that if you get the wireless 360 version (can't remember what they called that version, and I had it too)? Anyway they said it came with a chrome disc tray and power bezel buttons. Only to find out they were plastic. M$ sell me a real chrome controller so I can roll them on my 10*2's that I don't have.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Just give me a perfect D-pad and I'll be happy. But apparently that's too much to ask despite said d-pad being superior on the XBox S controllers.

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

Is this a rumor or confirmed news?

holtrocks
holtrocks

and they say PC gaming is a waste of money.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

Sure the price is high, but for a D-pad that actually works... I'm interested at least. I'd like to try one before buying.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Want. Xbox controllers are probably the most compfortable and best designed ever for me lol I cant use anything else. My PS3 has an Xbox controller convertor...love it.

20years
20years

is the D-Pad fixed ?

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

They should have made the last one green and called them "ME3 editions"

TrueGB
TrueGB

Damn. I just bought a new controller. I hope it has the new D-pad.

Marky360
Marky360

@TheArcade I'm a hardcore gamer and I hate wired controllers I mean why go backwards wireless is the future or actually the present wired was yesterday now there's no need to be teathered to your console. And that whole latencey BS is just an excuse ppl who suck at games use to justify why they lost always blaming it on the controller.

Marky360
Marky360

I already want the Gold C3PO controller(just because I like the fact it's gold not because I'm a fan of Star Wars) so I definitely wouldn't mind getting a silver colored chrome controller as well. It's been awhile since I've bought anything for my 360 as I normally play Playstation 3.

DragonRift
DragonRift

Goddammit... Stop making me want to buy more shinies! D:

iPostMaReviews
iPostMaReviews

It's all Micro$oft have been releasing lately... bundles, skins, and colour schemes... where are the games??

Llama345
Llama345

i want a dark purple controller

profilia
profilia

Sure, they're nice looking, but why does a controller cost almost as much as a game?

badiie05
badiie05

What's the point? isn't the hype all about their new console? they want to leave the 360 making as much money as possible.

leviathan_wing
leviathan_wing

still no internal battery? i get a few colors instead? ill just use that money on a game instead.

The_Mighty_KELP
The_Mighty_KELP

I got the silver controller as soon as I heard about it. Now using any other kind of controller makes my hands cringe. The D-pad works MUCH better, the lip on the sticks is amazing, and the extended triggers help a lot. I don't mind the colorless buttons as I have them memorized (as any good gamer should), but I can see how it'd give other people some trouble. The texture feels different than the original controllers, but once you get used to it, it's much better. It feels more high-quality, and is more sweat-resistant. I'm more comfortable in holding it for longer periods of time.

Icehearted
Icehearted

They look like Christmas tree ornaments. I just wish the d-pad wasn't garbage. No need for transforming gimmicks, hell, no need to reinvent the wheel here. It's a D-pad. Why are D-pads so hard this cycle? Also these look like they might smudge and flake easily. Give me function over beauty on a controller any day.

ziproy
ziproy

So my limited edition RE5 red controller is now a lil less limited :(((

y3ivan
y3ivan

the first chrome controller color scheme isnt practical, i hate the colorless buttons. this in the other hand is the better controller

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Thus far my controllers that I got with the Limited edition Gears of War 320GB console are still good. But if I was into chrome controllers I would upgrade. Sigh I'm not much into the chrome thing.

dkpunk
dkpunk

Guys it comes with the plus and play kit. That makes it wired...

zaiwen
zaiwen

i don't see any fun playing with your black xbox with a white controller & then pay up & get a blue controller...

torbonator
torbonator

this doesn't exactly seem news worthy O_o

Flint247
Flint247

I would so get that blue color. :)

TheArcade
TheArcade

I would like to see a wired version, a lot of hardcore gamers prefer hard-wired. No batteries or kits and no latency in between the television and controller.

gc88
gc88

They look cool and all...but anything chrome is a fingerprint magnet.

BaseballGreat24
BaseballGreat24

I got a chrome controller with transformable D-Pad months ago. Not excited

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

It took this long? I remember them showcasing the transforming D-pads months ago. Unless those already came out? But cool I guess. Not gonna buy them, my 360 is a dust collector. Good for whoever still plays I guess.

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

oooooh! ...so not interested!

mnoi
mnoi

$55 is a bit too steep, i will stick with my classic ones.

Yams
Yams

For some reason I thought the controllers would be chrome-colored, or somehow tied to Google. Silly me.

RBwd
RBwd

just buy a shell and bits of ebay its a doddle and wont cost an arm and a leg. d pad isnt worth the extra

Darnasian
Darnasian

@Sling_Master True that...I for one am still waiting for such a version of the 360 controller to be released for Windows/PC...

HatefulFeline
HatefulFeline

Blue one looks cool, but do they really have to charge so much for controllers these days?