We complained time and time again and now, after five long years, Microsoft has at long last decided to do something about the Achillesâ€™ heel of our beloved Xbox 360 controller, that is the d-pad, and this time around their answer to our continuous complaints will be much easier to get a hold of than the improved controller that was featured in the limited edition of Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and was only available in select territories.
Set for release on November 9 in North America and February 2011 in Europe, the revamped, matte silver Xbox 360 wireless controller will improve upon the current one by adding a â€śtransformingâ€ť directional pad which provides â€śultimate accuracy and control for both directional as well as sweeping movements.â€ť By twisting the plus sign clockwise, gamers will be able to switch to the d-padâ€™s alternate form â€“ from a semi-flush disc used for sweeping movements to a more accurate, standalone plus sign.
To give you a better idea of said new d-pad, Major Nelson has put up a demonstration video. Check it out below.
Unfortunately, like most good things in life, the new, overhauled controller comes with a caveat â€“ it will only be available in a $64.99 bundle with the Play and Charge Kit.
Will you make the upgrade to the Special Edition Xbox 360 controller?