New Controller, New LIVE Prices: Xbox 360 News Round-Up

Tue, Aug 31, 2010

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Over the past few days, the headlines have been burning with the fires of Xbox, both good and bad. Today, we’re taking a look at the new Xbox 360 Controller set to release later this fall, along with the new Xbox Live pricing model announced yesterday.

New Xbox 360 Controller With Fixed D-Pad Coming in November

Just recently this morning, rumors started surfacing that Microsoft was going to release a new Xbox 360 controller with an updated d-pad. Sure enough, this was true as Major Nelson himself has revealed the new device in a YouTube video and also with a new set of shots of the controller.

The new D-Pad is all the buzz around it, simply because the current version in controllers is less than unfavorable and can cause slipping. The new configuration in technical speak according to Engadget: “it’s a disc in the normal configuration, but a quick twist raises the crossbars about a quarter-inch, making it eminently more usable.” Essentially, this new d-pad is infinitely superior to the old model.

Coming in a matte silver color, this new controller will debut on November 9th for $64.99 and comes with a Play and Charge Kit. Here is the video below of Major Nelson showing off the controller:

New Xbox Live Pricing Starting This November

Since the launch of service in November 2002, Xbox Live has had one set price per year: $49.99. Yesterday, the company announced a price increase across the board for the service including its monthly, bi-yearly and yearly subscriptions that will be effective November 1st. Here’s the full breakdown below:

Until this new pricing model kicks in, Microsoft is allowing users to re-up their subscriptions for $49.99. That’s a cool $20 off the new November price.

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