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Charles Huseman over at Gaming Nexus attended GamerscoreBlog's Road Tour event in Chicago, and got some hands-on time with the Chatpad, although not the retail version that'll hit shelves this summer. Charles said the Chatpad doesn't get in the way at all or messes up the weight balance of the controller. He also noted that the buttons are backlit for those who may be texting in the dark, with minimal impact on the wireless controller's battery life. Still no word on pricing or when we'll be getting it this summer.

The special headset packed with the Chatpad has yet to be seen. Either way, exactly 1/3 of X3F staff (We bet you can't guess who) is all about the IMing whilst gaming, to the point of having a USB keyboard handy to make use of the overlay window for quick conversations. Have any of you slowly warmed up to the idea of IMing while you game? Or would an accessory like this be necessary for you to make the jump?

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Spitkicker1

5-22-2007 @ 5:45PM

Spitkicker said...

Just tell me one thing...will it come in black for my newly purchased Elite? Seriously, I want this but never use my premiums' controllers. I guess in the end the color doesn't really matter.

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cfsage2

5-22-2007 @ 6:02PM

cfsage said...

Before the update you could hear me saying, " thats the stupidest thing ever....", and here I am chatting away while in a Gears of War fire fight.

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Spitkicker3

5-22-2007 @ 6:19PM

Spitkicker said...

Right! I do text a ton, more than I use voice messaging.

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Dustin78374

5-22-2007 @ 6:35PM

Dustin7837 said...

I use a bluetooth wireless keyboard on my xbox360. Much better and faster than some dinky keypad attached to the controller. Bet my Thumbs are too big for the buttons anyway :)

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Justin U5

5-22-2007 @ 7:10PM

Justin U said...

How do you get the Overlaid text box? I got it once, and it promptly dissappeared not too long after bringing it up.

I too, use a USB Keyboard.

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thatguy6

5-22-2007 @ 7:16PM

thatguy said...

This would go great with a Xbox 360 web browser...

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Spitkicker7

5-22-2007 @ 7:25PM

Spitkicker said...

While I wouldn't complain if they gave us a web browser I don't understand the big deal about them. I wan't a gaming console, otherwise I would have upgraded my 7 year old PC a long time ago. Guess it's just me.

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thatguy8

5-22-2007 @ 7:40PM

thatguy said...

I honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal in the first place. But now seeing how much I use the feature on the Wii, I don't see how it would hurt. Plus it gives one more reason to own yet another accessory.

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Spitkicker9

5-22-2007 @ 7:58PM

Spitkicker said...

Yeah, I'm sure if they ever gave us one I would use it like crazy. Only time will tell.

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aZTEKv210

5-22-2007 @ 8:53PM

aZTEKv2 said...

cant wait to test it out when they come to dallas! got the invite last week, like a true fanboy --- im hyped!!!!1

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DjDATZ11

5-22-2007 @ 10:10PM

DjDATZ said...

I just tested this out when I met the guys in Toronto!! WOW is this amazing!!! doesnt interfere with gaming at all! SO convenient! i'll be gettin this when it comes out for sure!!

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Johnathon12

5-22-2007 @ 10:54PM

Johnathon said...

Where is the ATL love...THERE ARE GAMERS IN THE SOUTH YOU KNOW?!

but yea, I really want one of these when it comes out.

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Josh13

5-23-2007 @ 4:55AM

Josh said...

One problem. Knowing periphs this is going to cost about fifty.

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poprocker14

5-23-2007 @ 10:09AM

poprocker said...

I'll definitely be buying one. using a keyboard with your xbox is inconvenient to say the least. i just hope it comes out within the next month.

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dunnypop15

5-23-2007 @ 10:54AM

dunnypop said...

i can't wait for this thing. I'm too lazy to find an extra usb keyboard, and my friends keep sending me im's when I'm play halo 3 asking me "What's this Halo 3 business?" LOL.

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Doc16

5-23-2007 @ 11:06AM

Doc said...

How do you get the Overlaid text box? I got it once, and it promptly dissappeared not too long after bringing it up.

I too, use a USB Keyboard.

you simply push the windows and M key at the same time. and to change conversations without going into your chat menu just use..windows and directional arrow to switch. the IM feature is great if you use IM and have it linked to your gamertag.

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Mini R5317

5-23-2007 @ 11:33AM

Mini R53 said...

I like the concept of the chatpad even though I can't see myself IM'ing much from the 360.

MS is close to owning the livingroom with the 360 but they need to close the deal by adding a web browser to the 360! Then the chatpad would be the perfect accessory!

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