Submitted by marison 2999d ago | review

Xbox 360 Keypad Impressions and Q&A

To get a bit more insight into the mysterious Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device, TeamXbox called on the expertise of Xbox Live's Group Program Manager Jerry Johnson.

Excerpts of the interview:

* TeamXbox: Did you have any particular games in mind when creating this?
* Jerry Johnson: While we are sure that game developers will implement this keyboard into their titles down the line, this peripheral was created to make text chat and IM over the Xbox 360 easier and more convenient. We are excited to see how game developers use this accessory in the future, but games were not the primary reason for its creation.

* TeamXbox: Why did you decide to create a keyboard that was added to the controller, as opposed to a full-sized standalone keyboard?
* Jerry Johnson: A USB keyboard can already be used with the Xbox 360 today. Rather than create another standalone keyboard, the Xbox team decided to bring something entirely new to the gaming market. The new keypad for the Xbox 360 is the first ever that connects directly to the controller. Because it fits seamlessly into the 360 controller, gamers can use it while playing games without having to interrupt game play. We have created a very easy and convenient way to type messages to friends without having to ever pause the game or put down the controller.

TeamXbox are really looking forward to using Windows Live Messenger with the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device, as it will easily change how people interact when engaged in an Xbox 360 endeavor (no more pecking at the virtual keyboard - whew!). The quality and seamless integration of the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device also gets us amped for the future possibilities of this device, as any text-based MMORPG or title needing more buttons for assignments will clearly benefit form such a quality piece. Even if you don't plan on playing games of a MMO nature or chatting with your friends via Live, you'll at least consider the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keypad Device as a favorable ergonomic upgrade for your current 1st party 360 controller. (Xbox 360) -

Credit url: xbox-scene.com
gta_cb  +   2999d ago
just want to add, if you want to use this feature with the little see thru black box, you can by using a USB keyboard. all you need to do is have a convo going, then press the windows button (located between Ctrl and Alt (bottom left) and the letter M.

and if you have more then one convo going and your using this feature then just press again the windows button and the right arrow.
Sphinx  +   2999d ago
I'm psyched about this chat pad thing
I'm tired of pecking at that crappy on screen one, and voice messages can take a long time to load and send and receive.
FCOLitsjustagame  +   2999d ago
When is this thing released?
kewlkat007  +   2998d ago
What i will like about this
is it fits perfectly without getting in the way. It probally adds a little weight to the Controller, but thi sis really nice. Peripheral of the year IMO. Will be so much quicker to type back and fouth as I do on my T-Mobile DASH PDA phone which I'm so used to.
gta_cb  +   2998d ago
the only thing that worries me is that when they showed us the prototype it didnt look like the head set would fit in the keyboard =(

like i said the prototype so it is most likely to change, but if it didnt then you would only be able to use one at a time .... =(
BIadestarX  +   2998d ago
gta_cb, they already said it... the current headset will not work with the keypad. Instead they said.. it will come with its own headset.
It kind of sucks... but at least it comes with it.
gta_cb  +   2998d ago
oh right, sorry didnt read all of it lol.

well at least it comes with one, and that means you could use your existing headset with a diff controller if your split screening while online.
sweeper  +   2998d ago
Hope when they release the keypad it will come in black 2 I have a black controller and I think the white might not look that good. They should just make it gray and it would go with both controllers.
gta_cb  +   2998d ago
yeh a grey one would be better. although i would like to see it in black.
if the writing wears off the controller will just look like a black block! lol
Xi  +   2998d ago
hope it gets used in some games.
mmo's would really benefit from the use of this pad.
gta_cb  +   2998d ago
you mean like Dragon Ball Online! =D sorry but i cant wait for this game, i hope they dont screw it up.
marison  +   2998d ago
I have like the way
the pad fit on the controller. Almost perfectly!
Scrumptious  +   2998d ago
Nice addition
But I still feel voice support is superior. When I play a game, that is what I want to talk about. Talk to my team and sh1t. That is why I still prefer Live over the PS network. Almost everyone on Live has the headset and uses it for voice chat in game. Text seems like a step backwards.
BrotherSic  +   2998d ago
you will still have voice chat, this is more for MSN messenger.

Personally can not wait for the release, any idea of price?
mcintosh233  +   2997d ago
it would be great in games
say oblivion you could use it in inventory for going through spells or have even more quick slots like what d pad is the now for selecting spells/potions/swords etc that would be great

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