Microsoft has today confirmed that a revised Xbox 360 controller with an improved D-Pad is going to be released in the future. Here’s the catch though — it’s a limited edition item, and it’s only going to be available in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Out there, somewhere, a thousand American shmup and fighting game fans just put their heads through windows.
“The new limited-edition green wireless controller offers enhancements to d-Pad functionality, which will add to the experience of playing games where the d-Pad is the primary control mechanism,” stated an MS rep. “We’re always looking to improve products and we made these changes based on feedback from gamers.”
Quite why this improvement, which MS just admitted is something it knows gamers want, is so restricted, is beyond my grasp. The original D-Pad absolutely stinks, even if you only use it sparingly, so for Microsoft to limit it so thoroughly just doesn’t make sense. Is Microsoft testing the water before a permanant replacement? It’s the only logical assumption I could make.