Lets be honest here. We all love shiny new toys. They look great. They’re fun to play with and show off. Its one of the reasons you’re probably reading this blog to start with. Well tomorrow a new shiny toy will hit shelves; the Microsoft Xbox 360 special edition chrome wireless controllers in blue (pictured), red, and of course in silver.
You may have been lusting over that gold C-3P0 themed controller included in the Xbox 360 Star Wars Kinect console bundle. Fortunately you don’t have to splurge for a whole new console just to get your own mirrored finish controller any longer. All three versions of this new controller will be available at Future Shop as of the 15th of May 2012.
I’ve got my hands on one and they’re quite beautiful. Sure its basically the same Xbox 360 controller we already know and love but the finish on these is gorgeous and definitely pops to make a bold visual statement.
The chrome controllers also feature the popular revised transformable D-pad too, which can be set to either an articulated, or flush button mode with a simple twist. If you play a lot of fighting games, or other titles that rely heavily on D-pad accuracy, this is certainly the feature you’ve been looking for.
Another small detail that you may notice if you`ve been using old Xbox 360 controllers is the new style thumbstick on these controllers. The old style has a graduated indentation on the surface to aid in grip with four tiny dimples to help with grip and orientation. The new thumbsticks replace this with a ridge around the perimeter and more sharply indented surface, allowing for better grip and control. Its a small, subtle change, but a welcome one worth looking for in new controllers.