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PS3 Wireless Keypad Priced & Dated

Sony revealed its forthcoming Wireless Keypad add-on for the PS3 controller at the Leipzig Games convention in August, but we've waited until now for word on a release date. Luckily for those still stuck on Christmas gift ideas - I know I have relatives badgering me - Sony is pushing the device out for the first week of December, so there's still time for said relatives to grab one.

Of all the accessories available for the Xbox the Messenger Kit is probably the only one I'd call a must-have, save maybe the play and charge kit. Given the PlayStation 3 has all the text-chat and messaging facilities of the Xbox and a web browser it seems crazy that Microsoft was first to the punch with a simple clip-on text entry device. Sure, I can (and do) use a keyboard with my PlayStation, but an add-on accessory is much more practical.

Let us not forget, too, that Sony's Wireless Keypad also serves as a mouse, it's surface being touch sensitive and doubling up as a trackpad. Anyone looking for evidence of Sony's involvement with dark magics, look no further!

With a £25 MSRP and pre-orders are sitting at about £20, Sony's wireless Keypad definitely has a more average consumer-friendly price than the console it is designed to accompany. I, for one, have my pre-order in already.

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PlayStation 3 Wireless Keypad.

Jag

November 27, 2008, 4:24 pm

Apparently my order is in the post!

JayC

November 27, 2008, 4:29 pm

I agree that this is a must have accessory, just like it is for the Xbox as you said, but sadly the Microsoft offering seems to once again better the Sony solution (although the Sony wireless headset is better than Microsoft, as it works even when charging, so I guess they are even). The reason I say this is because it appears this pad needs to be charged up where as on the Xbox the pad actually draws power directly from the controller. Apologies if I'm wrong on that and if so perhaps you could clear this up.





I am lucky enough to own both consoles (we purchased a PS3 and won an Xbox 360) but if was buying today my heart says the PS3 but the more I use the Xbox the more it seems a better choice and the NXE now introduces 8-way private voice chats no matter what each party is doing. I just feel that Microsofts experience in on-line communication, Live Messenger, Netmeeting, etc, really shows in how the Xbox Live communication works. Come on Sony, the in-game XMB is a massive improvement but my heart is sinking as it often appears you are copying instead of innovating. I'm sad to say that if I had to give up one console today it might just be the PS3 that goes...

Keithe6e

November 27, 2008, 4:42 pm

@JayC, As a 360 owner myself, I do wish M$ would catch up with the PS3 when it comes to internet browsing, confuses me no end, when you consider M$ are into making browsers, so they should have been ahead of Sony in this regard. Strange!!

Hugo

November 27, 2008, 4:46 pm

JayC, I'll probably just knock up a quick weekend review once my controller arrives form Amazon, so if you don't mind waiting I'll haver all your answers for you then :)

JayC

November 27, 2008, 5:05 pm

@Keith, I agree that is a very strange one and I was surprised this wasn't added as part of the NXE. The PS3 does have a few aces up its sleeve, the browser and now PlayTV meaning you can watch TV anywhere in the world using a PSP (obviously the Xbox has Media Center extender which we use every day but this only works within the home). As I said my heart just sinks when I read most of Sony's announcements, for example, you can now see if you're friends are on-line using the PSN website... <sigh>

JayC

November 27, 2008, 5:11 pm

Hugo, well that makes sense and look forward to reading. I've added this and the headset to my wish-list so will have to be on my best behaviour. Now if only Santa could fit a nice 42" HD telly down the chimney...

Keithe6e

November 27, 2008, 5:45 pm

@JayC: "Now if only Santa could fit a nice 42" HD telly"





JayC, you ever thought about a PJ?, I've always found the fascination with massive TV's a bit odd, unless your lucky to have a massive house, 42" TV's look really silly in small rooms, and look rather Chav. But something a lot of people do is have a normal 32" and a pull down screen for using a PJ on for watching those films, best of both worlds then, 120" no problem. I've a few friends with 42" TV's in the room, and they just look so overpowering. Anyway just a thought, of course if your house does happen to be massive forget what I said.

Tim Sutton

November 27, 2008, 7:40 pm

Good LORD that's an ugly thing. It looks like it was designed in the 80's by Hollywood to strap on the Predator.





I'd feel marginally less foolish if I duct-taped a G15 to my forearm.

Hugo

November 27, 2008, 8:11 pm

Tim, I just tried that - it's a bit unwieldy but it definitely works :)

Wilfried

November 27, 2008, 9:48 pm

*cries* Why Sony, WHY? Not only is this another rip off (360 chat pad anyone) but it looks like it is going to be seriously awkward too. I mean, they decided to stick it on top of the controller rather than underneath, which means we'll have to tilt our controllers to get to the keypad everytime we want to type *sigh*. Would have made so much more sense having it underneath, I mean since they ripped it off the 360 they might just as well have put it under the controller like on M$'s machine...


They should have released a proper Sony wireless bluetooth keyboard to complement the PS3's design and their internet browser (I know third party ones already exist, but there is nothing better than the real mccoy, just saying).

ChaosDefinesOrder

November 28, 2008, 12:35 am

couple of things:





firstly, Play.com is selling this for &#16317.99, and is apparently currently in stock...





second, I personally prefer the above controller design. Maybe not for the ease of access, but I have both a PS3 and a X360 Wireless controller for Windows, and holding the X360 controller low so that a chat pad could be used, you're gripping the pad with just 2 fingers of are craning your thumbs way far down, while with Sony's version, you may have to shift your whole hand, but the result is your entire hand holding the controller. Also the touchpad thingy is pretty neat for using the browser! Hopefully if developers don't see their fault and release more RTS for consoles, this trackpad would come in useful...

Wilfried

November 30, 2008, 8:02 pm

I bought a chatpad for the PS3 yesterday, just to see how it compares and see what ChaosDefinesOrder means. Result is that I find the PS3 version really awkward. The only nifty feature is the trackpad. I firmly stand by my ground and say that Sony should have placed it underneath the controller. Would have made more sense imo.

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