One of many things to land in our inbox today was this rather interesting snap of what is the near-final design for the Xbox 360 controller. The pic - although blurry and snapped without the use of the ever faithful close photography tulip mode - does tally well with an image that surfaced on Ourcolony some weeks ago.
SPOnG received word that this is the version of the pad as shipped with the long-awaited updated SDK units for Xbox 360, with some studios receiving upgrade packs of late.
The image does differ slightly from the original glimpse we were afforded, with the all-important mystery bulbous central button missing. So what does this all mean and what is the magic button that appears in the centre of the finalised wireless pad?
SPOnG had access to a US developer of Xbox 360 software this week, with our source outlining its functionality and laying the matter to rest. The button is named the Xbox 360 Button. Really. And will be the defining difference between Xbox of old and the progression of the console into an ever-growing Live community.
?It gives you instant access, globally, from whatever you?re doing, to your Xbox360 menus,? explained our source, speaking under terms of strict anonymity. ?They?re going to show it at the E3 conference in all its glory, but in a nutshell, if you?re watching a DVD, you?re still signed into your Friends list, so you can still be invited into games, discussions and other Live events. You?re always connected to the community. It?s like the interactive button for digital TV. And this really is the key factor to bear in mind with the upgraded Live system. It will be a lot more like a digital TV experience, just more interactive. Microsoft is looking at the viability of Live competing with the set-top box and this Xbox 360 button in the key to this.?
Expect all of the above information to be outlined by Microsoft at E3. Stay tuned for concise coverage from the show.