Today Xbox’s Major Nelson showed off a newly designed Xbox 360 wireless controller. Right off the bat you will notice the new color scheme. The controller is now colored matte silver and the ABXY buttons have lost their vibrant colors (green, red, blue, yellow) to match the controller body. The two analog sticks are slightly more concave now, too. What you might not notice instantly in the pictures but you certainly will when the controller is in your hands is the brand new D-pad. For years Xbox gamers have complained about the lack of a raised D-pad, but now this issue can be put to rest. Microsoft has patented a “transforming D-pad”. In the standard configuration the D-pad is a disc (that’s what we’re sued to). With the new controller you can now twist the D-pad to raise the plus sign about a quarter-inch making it a whole lot more usable (especially for gamers who play boxing games where D-pad use is of the utmost importance).
The new controller will be available November 9 and will only be found inside the $64.99 Play & Charge Kit. Microsoft has not stated if/when the new controller will replace the old model outside of the P&C Kit and whether or not it will ever be bundled in the new 250GB Xbox 360 package. Look after the break to watch Major Nelson hold up the controller in all its gray glory.