New 360 controller given the green light in Australia

Microsoft's new gamepad for the Xbox 360 comes Down Under on November 9 for A$99.95.

It's well known among the gaming community that when it comes to D pads, the Xbox 360 controller falls short of the competition. The fact that the up, down, left, and right buttons sit on a raised pad with curves around the sides means that when you're using it for games like Super Street Fighter IV, you will be at a disadvantage because it's harder to accurately press the buttons. Countering this, Microsoft announced earlier this month that it would be bringing out a reworked controller with a transforming D pad.

From November 9 for A$99.95/NZ$109.99 ($92), Australian Xbox 360 owners will be able to pick up the new controller from their local gaming retailer. The controller also comes bundled with the Play and Charge kit, which means you'll no longer have to rely on AA batteries to power your controller.

Although the new D pad still looks from the outside nigh on identical to the old one, players will simply need to twist the D pad around to change it from a disc configuration to a classic four-button D pad. Other changes also include monochrome buttons and modified shoulder triggers and bumpers.

GameSpot AU called Microsoft Australia to find out how long it would be before the new controllers would come standard with new Xbox 360 consoles, but a spokesperson for the software giant was unable to comment at this time.

For a sneak peek at the new Xbox 360 controller, check out the video below, but keep in mind that it features US dates and pricing.

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12 comments
0rbytel
0rbytel

How can people say that MS overcharge for their controllers? I'm not sure about the pricing elsewhere in the world, but in australia PS3 controller RRP is $99.95, a standalone 360 controller is $69.95. If you buy a 360 controller in a pack with a play and charge kit, it's $89.95 RRP. Even for a set of Wii controllers (Remote $69.96 + Nunchuk $29.95) your still looking at nearly $100.00...

ensomneac
ensomneac

I see Microsoft still has no problem overcharging for it's controllers. Yes, they're pretty good, but the price is steep, and you should be able to buy it without a play 'n charge kit. And I'd much prefer the colour-coded buttons.

stiNGrk0
stiNGrk0

The D-pad is alright, definately better than the one at the moment though I'm perfectly fine with the controller out now. What turns me completely off this is that the buttons are grey? When you play various games there are on-screen prompts with coloured buttons and I person buying this for the first time would be like, where the hell is the yellow Y? Think this through next time fellas..

soulessblade
soulessblade

I picked up 2 HORI arcade sticks for $80. I'll stick with those.

sonic_nhl
sonic_nhl

64 dollars PLUS TAX for a NEW CONTROLLER? SCREW THAT. A brand new game is cheaper then that.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I am going to pass on that

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

$100? For a slightly better D-pad? Really? No.

bennae66
bennae66

i like the color, but i bought a capcom fightpad for streetfighter and it kicks some serious backside action. however, the accuracy on the dpad in general is terrible. as much as i prefer the shape, size and triggers of the 360 controller over the ps3s light, tiny japanese one, the japs make the best damn dpads on the planet. waaaay better. i will pick up one of these cause it looks cool. monochrome! ooo baby. (and when switching weapons or items in a shooter/rpg/etc the dpad will actually work when i tap 'left' lightly)

StickRox
StickRox

@aozman and Twin-blade this is in Australia where controllers cost that much normally, you would be lucky to find one new for less than $90

aozman
aozman

ridiculous price... having said that it does contain a play and charge kit which i believe retail for about $30? but still u need colour on the buttons as most games use this 2 distinguish what button 2 press

zombified
zombified

Buy a fighter arcade stick...so much better!

Twin-Blade
Twin-Blade

100 bucks? I just bought a SF4 Gamepad for $45...