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Hands on with the Chatpad and Messenger Kit

The fellas over at GameSpot got their hands on the soon to be released Xbox 360 Messenger Kit and wrote up their impressions of the Chatpad add-on as well as the special headset. Overall, they feel that the Chatpad is a solid peripheral that is quite useful, won't get in the way of your gaming session and Messenger addicts will be required to pick this peripheral up ASAP. We're sold simply because of the back lite keyboard. Make the jump to read their full impressions as well as a few new products shots and a picture showing how awkward the white Chatpad looks on a black controller. Go ahead, jump already!

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DeadPlasmaCell1

7-21-2007 @ 11:46AM

DeadPlasmaCell said...

Nice.. I was hoping the headset would look a little different, but no big deal. Now I don't have to have a normal keyboard junking up my gamespace. And $29 ain't too shabby.

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Caboose78952

7-21-2007 @ 12:18PM

Caboose7895 said...

Yea, i dont know why they changed the headset from the uber uncomfortable around the back of the head xbox 1 headset to the uber nerdy over the head headset

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Toph3

7-21-2007 @ 12:33PM

Toph said...

I'll get one for the impending Halo 3 buddy game invites and messages and crap, sure.

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Andrew4

7-21-2007 @ 12:49PM

Andrew said...

if they would just support aim i might be all over this, i don't know anyone who uses msn. Although this would be nice to use to send messages during games without using that stupid on screen keyboard...

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boomh4u3r5

7-21-2007 @ 1:10PM

boomh4u3r said...

I'm sold

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GregA6

7-21-2007 @ 1:17PM

GregA said...

Are there any MMO's besides PSU? I thought Two Worlds was gonna be MMO's but it looks like it is limited to 8 players.

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Free Lono7

7-21-2007 @ 2:27PM

Free Lono said...

What is this for exactly? Can anybody tell me what I would use this for??? Are you really dying to use your xbox to chat on msn messenger? Until software comes out that requires this, this just seems like extraneous crap to spend 30 bucks on.

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Brave8

7-21-2007 @ 2:38PM

Brave said...

I don't like the keyboard at all..

looks small so it would be difficult to type.

Plus, you could just go out and buy a decent keyboard for the same price as this and use it on a 360

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GregA9

7-21-2007 @ 3:08PM

GregA said...

#7,

Well I would hope you would use it for mmo environments. But googling around after my question... And a lack of answers... Leads me to beleive that PSU is the only mmo for the xbox.

This falls lineup of games is Amazing... But there are no MMO's in it anywhere to be scene...

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Ryan10

7-21-2007 @ 3:17PM

Ryan said...

Wasn't FFXI on the xbox?

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AzraelPC11

7-21-2007 @ 3:42PM

AzraelPC said...

@8... The point of the keyboard being that size is so you won't have to clutter up your space with a damn USB keyboard that you have to put down your controller to type with two hands. This is a HUGE help for all of us who message our friends.

And I need a new headset. :-)

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Josh12

7-21-2007 @ 5:13PM

Josh said...

This would be nice... except it still says I have a child account even though I'm 18.

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Jimmy Reske13

7-21-2007 @ 7:12PM

Jimmy Reske said...

I wonder if you'll be able to use the pad, instead of the onscreen keyboard, to input player names in games like NCAA Football or Basketball, since they companies can't use "real" college names. So all the players are QB12, RB34, FS46...instead of Drew Weatherford, Toney Baker and so on and so on...

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Nath500014

7-21-2007 @ 10:17PM

Nath5000 said...

For the person who asked "i don't know anyone who uses msn."

Well, chat program use is regional I'd say. I'm canadian and american and my canadian half of the family from michigan uses AOL and shares the same "who uses msn" belief as you and most of the people I know from michigan and the united states are still using AIM. In Canada however MSN/Windows Live messenger has been the dominant format for years. People trade "msn addresses" in university courses where I'm from as well and it seems to be the standard here and almost everyone I know from canada uses MSN. Its completely regional. I know someone from the philippines and they use Yahoo messenger and all of their friends and region does as well for the most part. Its just a regional thing. Personally I think AIM is good but AOL is something I stopped using in the mid 1990s.

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Nath500015

7-21-2007 @ 10:20PM

Nath5000 said...

typo: I meant American half of the family from Michigan. About this headset itself. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the fact that we have to use this headset that it comes with. Why couldnt they have just designed the thing to have the same 3 pronged port as the 360 controller to allow us to use the old ones as well? Or would the volume unit have stuck out too far? Thats my guess. Either way, its also a reason for them to sell more of those somewhat good, somewhat mediocre wireless headsets as well.

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gregory mitchell16

7-22-2007 @ 12:27AM

gregory mitchell said...

Umm Id rather Voice chat in a game like ive been doing verses typing on ANY pad....explain how this is a step forward or better than just simply speaking???

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Jonathan17

7-22-2007 @ 1:22AM

Jonathan said...

Greg A, there are a few online RPGs. Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Two Worlds(but limited), Age Of Conan(MMORPG), and I believe one or two more I cannot recall at the moment.

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Carbonize18

7-22-2007 @ 2:56AM

Carbonize said...

Wonder how long until we start seeing third party versions.

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Tony19

7-22-2007 @ 11:31AM

Tony said...

MSN is weird in that I know people from other countries that use it and ICQ exclusively while AIM is completely unused there. It's definitely extremely regional.

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skunkworks20

7-22-2007 @ 6:59PM

skunkworks said...

this could come in handy if it works with the MCE browser plugin.
http://www.anpark.com/software.aspx
other then that I don't see a need for it.

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