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Published on August 20th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Xbox 360 Gets Limited Edition D-Pad Update

Are you one of the many gamers who aren’t exactly happy with the design of the Xbox 360’s D-Pad? If so, this news might intrigue you: Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox 360’s d-pad is getting an update. The bad news; it’s only available for a limited time only, and only in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Also, it’s while supplies last.

Here’s what a Microsoft rep had to say to Eurogamer:

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.

“We’re always looking to improve products and we made these changes based on feedback from gamers.”

Apparently, the upgrades were for Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 and Street Fighter IV, but are only being sold in the countries mentioned above.

Now, I’m no rocket scientist, but shouldn’t upgrades to the controller that gamers have been mentioning since launch of the system (some of them going as far as to modify the hardware themselves – others even provide lengthy tutorials) be doled out wholly to the entire userbase?  This isn’t only just to ensure that more gamers are satisfied, but even from a profit point of view, wouldn’t selling more controllers be better for the company?

There are many gamers who claim that the Xbox 360 controller is the best controller ever made (I lean into this camp myself), and even those gamers admit that the d-pad is lacking. Why not just correct that mistake for all the controllers?

All I know is that when Street Fighter IV comes out, I’d love to get my hands on this limited edition controller. It never hurts to have an advantage!

Here’s a quick reference gallery of images that Eurogamer grabbed while holding on to the limited edition controller:

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