Xbox 360 controller gets redesign with new D-Pad

Microsoft's Nelson shows video of improved gaming pad

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With talk recently of the Xbox 360 having a 10-year life, it's unsurprising that Microsoft is updating the 360's controller

After dishing out the bad news that Xbox Live customers will have to pay more it seems as though Microsoft's Major Nelson feels bad, and so has posted a video showing the all new Xbox 360 controller to make everyone feel better.

Click here to see a full gallery of the new Xbox 360 controller

Probably the most important feature about the new design is the d-pad. After listening to gamers complaints over the design Microsoft believe they've found the solution: by twisting the d-pad, the plus sign then automatically raises up, making it much easier to execute those combo's you found so difficult before.

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Fortunately the other changes are actually incredibly minor, Microsoft, aware of the fact that it's got something good in the current controller, has done the right thing and kept 90 per cent of the changes as merely cosmetic; tasty new metallic paint job, minor ergonomic changes. Us Brits can expect the new controller to be out around February 2011 costing around £42.

Check out Major Nelson's introductory video to the new Xbox 360 Controller and let us know what you think. Will it revolutionise the way you play, or is it just a gimmick on top of what is essentially a sweet new look for the controller? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Link: MajorNelson