Stephen Totilo from MTV Multiplayer writes: "At a meeting I had with Sony executives today in Manhattan, I saw a PS3 controller with the keypad attached. I asked to pick it up, to try it and to snap photos."
Having said that, it would eliminate the need for my wireless keyboard. But we need more detailed info as to its functionality and ergonomics.
Seriously, what bright person designed this??? Don’t they know people text with there thumbs!!! To use this thing a person has to take there hands off the control altogether!!!
They just copied Microsoft's keypad add-on. Nothing to see here.
@1.1 loll are you serious saying that? w/e how it is place on your controller you cant play and type at the same time..
They didn't copy Microsoft, they directly ripped off MadCatz. They had the keyboard in the same place & released it in April of '07....
Out of all places why on top of the controller? I know the slots are there but might as well not have the attachment, it's terrible. Even the 360's keypad is better for the sole fact its near the joysticks and buttons.
what other places? the sides? That thing need to be on the top or the bottom of the controller. Period.
Well if they only have 2 choices, Bottom or Top, THEY REALLY CHOSE THE WORST ONE.
You echo my sentiment exactly. What moron would put it on top, especially considering the freaken Xbox version has been out for a while. Perhaps Sony should learn from Microsoft's ability to copy others ideas. Don't try to be different unless it is going to be better, just copy and improve. Gheeeeez..... edit: The only logical answer I have, is because the PS3 controller is too darn small. Sticking something between the 'handles' don't allow for comfortable holding.
Not the best design but it does the job. If I have to move my hands up the controller its no big deal, i mean its not like you can type and play at the same time anyway... Will deffinatly pick one up
Sure it could have been better, but what is perfect about any console or controller? The statements about needing to release the controller to type are silly because you have to set it down completely to type with an actual keyboard. Your options: Give this a go and learn to master it. Stick with your wireless/USB/BT keyboard. Or enjoy your Xbox chatpad and be happy. These are games folks. Play on.
...I don't see anything wrong with it?
WOW, Sony is directly ripping of MS yet again. It's amazing how much these two rip each other off. Sony has been the biggest rip off artist this gen though.
Why are people disagreeing with TLSBill? He is right. Not either Sony or MS was the first, Mad Catz have it in 2007. Sony specifically copyed even the design/positioning from Mad Catz. All of them sucks. Even the 360 one, you can type in your normal handling indeed, but you have to took your thumbs away from sticks anyway so you still can't play while playing... So it, in the better case, suck less. Still suck. If you have to stop anyway, a normal keyboard is cheaper.
I'm not sure if you know this but I don't know of any game that you need to type in on the 360 outside of Phantasy Star and you have to stop moving or playing to do that. You use voice chat while playing.
Yeah .... that looks bad ......
you be better off just pluging a keyboard into the ps3
I'm not convinced. on the other hand it doesn't really matter to me any way.
Looks better than I first thought. I would still like it on the bottom more but that's just a personal preference really
guess its not for ppl with small hands.
I have the mad catz one that fits on the same way and it's really not a discomfort or an annoyance but this one looks like it's a big improvement on the mad catz version which I bought like a year ago. The position it sits in isn't hard to type with at all in my experience.
which one do you have? i might stop by a local gamestop, they may let me play with a used one just to get a feel in store. oh and this was a terrible article.. it just says hey look at my hands.. now look at his hands.. cool huh nothing of value to make me want or not want this device.
im going to need a key board soon with HOME coming! i already type alot of emails to ppl asking them about what they are playing. I just keep it short because the controler is a bit clumsy to type thanks Sony for this and that new BLUE TOOTH head set
what a suck up
What a pointless post
Those pictures of the guys typing make it look really awkward. They should have put it on the bottom of the controller in my opinion.
since the USB port is on the top. But I do agree with you.
Run a wire or something underneath the controller so it could plug in to the USB. Sony's got some of the best engineers in the world. Figure it out guys. This thing looks terrible.
What is there to say to one another during combat, or in the middle of a race? there's enough time to type when you die.
I thought it was supposed to be bluetooth. They said it could be used standalone, which would mean it had it's own battery, as well as work without being connected to the controller. I could be wrong though.
If that's true then it's just a horrible design choice.
Better yet, blue tooth.
@ Rockstar - I don't see why you'd pay extra for bluetooth. USB works just fine and is cheaper. Plus you need a USB keyboard if you plan to install Linux (even though its just for the installation).
also its supposed to be a touch/track pad if i remember correctly.
I'm just saying that a blue tooth keyboard is better then a wireless. I bought a Logitech Laser Refurb keyboard/mouse for 60 bucks and it works like a charm and I'm saving a USB port for other things.
For some reason, this keypad looks strikingly similar to that of the Xbox 360. Hmm... interesting. Oh but instead, Sony put it on top of the controller instead of the bottom. Very original sony. Which is actually extremely stupid, since you type with your thumbs which are at the BOTTOM of the controller. LOL, sony can't even copy correctly!! what a bunch of MORONS working there.
Well what do u expect from a retarded xbot
very true.. that thing looks so stup!d on the top
why even bother buying this when you can used a keyboard, well probably to big for the living but this just stupid
As many have said in the Game Zone XBOX ripped off Madcatz. So who is the copier? Madcatz released theirs in 07. Fanboy?
They should've gone the 360 route. I wouldn't have minded a small wire occupying the USB mini port.
For once, I agree with you. I think they should of had it clip onto the back of the pad then wrap around the bottom. Lot's of people seem to think it looks fine how it is though, So it can't be all that bad.
I hate it. I'm not going to buy this...it looks like crap. Try to type with this and tell me if this is comfortable.
stop complaining... never happy heh? Anyway i prefer this over my wireless keyboard, im getting one as soon as its available
Right now, I grabbed my DS3 and pretended to have the Text Keyboard attached. I moved my hands into the position that would be needed and, needless to say, its actually quite comfortable. They're not going to sell this without some private feedback and testing at the company, I can assure you.
Right - that's the first thing I did when they announced the thing. It's not uncomfortable for me at all and I don't have huge hands.
I think more people should have tried that before complaining. It's much more comfortable at the top then at the bottom (at least for me). Plus I think putting it at the bottom would have changed the way I hold the controller. I still prefer a standard keyboard, but I don't see why this would be such an awful alternative. It looks pretty solid for something that attaches to your controller too.
To be honest...I think at the top is worst than at the bottom. I have long fingers, and even with that......it is just awkward, and forces you to shift the controller for it to be functional...where as with the one for the 360 your hands a thumbs are in a more natural position. In order to use the one for the ps3 you have to shift the bulk of the controller into the palm over your hand........where as with the 360 controller you can continue to hold it in the manner in which you play games. Then in the manner in which you hold the ps3 controller, the bottom part of my thumb hits and presses the face buttons.
I see two flaws one that is obvious it is on top of the controller. The second assuming the controller is turned on due too the red l.e.d. light in the picture is the keys do not light up like the 360 chat pad does. I hope you sony kids are good at typing in the dark.
how can you tell they dont light up? really you've only got one reason but its fine because you dont play playstation so it shouldnt bother you anyway.
From the picture it looks like the sticks and buttons will get in the way of typing (you might accidently hit or lean or the sticks or buttons while typing).
Judging from the guy's hands in the pictures, I know for a fact that my thumbs will smash at least 2 keys with me even trying. I wish the buttons would be more bigger for people like me with big hands.
Monster azz dude.
does anyone know how this thing affects L1, L2, R1, R2?
i think its in front of l1 l2 r1 r2,they are behind the keypad, nothing will
1. does anyone know how this thing affects L1, L2, R1, R2? Those keys are under it.. Behind it in the photo. 2. its easy to type, you dont use yourindex fingers. Just imagine rotating the controller in yourhand so you can use your thumbs. Rotate it towards you so the usb port at the top comes closer to get an idea. It wouldn't be made if no one could use it. Think next time people.
Correction: They would still make it regardless if it didn't work. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Why would anyone go through the trouble of defending that abortion of a keypad? It's just terrible, man. Accept it. Of course we know why some defend it with their blood and sweat ;) I think Sony should really rethink that keypad design, especially with Home knocking on the door, they don't need any new deterrent to Home now, do they?
I do think it is a bit strange it being on the top of the controller but it looks nice and that mouse trackpad thing they are going on about seems good. I too just picked up my ps3 controller to see what it would feel like then thought to myself "This will be hard when i'm playing a game", but i thought i wouldn't be playing it at that moment if i am typing something out. So yeah, it doesn't seem that bad and i could easily get used to it.
For all the people complaining about how small it is, get a combo keyboard from BTC or someone else. I'm using the 9019 now & it works great in the browser & in Home.
First and foremost,remember;Controller attachments have been around for years now. Second,the Xbox 360 controller is bigger than the Sixaxis/dualshock 3,so reaching with your thumbs to type with the sony keypad isn't going to be a difficult task at all(unless your hands are really really REALLY small)) What I do think sony should do is give it more style,some extra glossy on the corners/silver trimming would make it look stylish imo.
The device is scheduled to ship in November and is listed at online retailers for between $40 and $50. ARE U KIDDING ME! 40 - 50 dollars?! 360 keypad comes with a headset and it is a total of 30 dollars
really? damn you sony
Are YOU kidding ME? It's $40 and it's a standalone, bluetooth, PS3 dedicated keyboard etc. - it's really not a bad deal. Compare the the diNovo Mini which costs $125 and isn't made for the PS3 and tell me again what a bad deal it is.
This is Bluetooth too? Maybe this is a dumb question, but if it's Bluetooth, why do you have to connect it to the controller?
@TJ - you don't have to connect it to the controller, it's just an option (presumably for convenience?).
...at first, but so did the 360 version. I couldn't live without the 360 version now, it saves so much time. Also, it's really rock solid on a 360 controller, doesn't wiggle or move when you use it. Hopefully Sony's works out well too. Seems a tad pricey tho'. Does anybody know if it lights up? IMO, that would be the most crucial detail, not where it sits on the controller.