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Wireless 360 controller tops battery life test

According to a feature from the folks at GamePro, Xbox 360 owners can expect more gaming bang for their battery-life buck. Multiple tests on the Xbox 360 wireless controller, SIXAXIS and Wii Remote were conducted to see which one would last the longest. Scraping the bottom of the battery-life barrel was the PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS which only held out for 18 hours and 41 minutes; mainly due to the lack of auto-off functionality. Second place went to the Nintendo Wii remote, doubling Sony's time at 36 hours and 43 minutes. Xbox 360's wireless remote topped the list at 56 hours and 56 minutes. While the article states that the Xbox 360 dashboard battery indicator isn't as accurate as the PS3 or Wii, a single-day charge and play session always lasted longer on Xbox 360. In case you were wondering, the irony that anything associated with the Xbox 360 won a reliability test was lost on no one.

[Thanks, marklar. Via Ars Technica]

Pink and Blue controllers available for purchase

Love 'em or hate 'em, two brand new Xbox 360 wireless controllers are available at retail starting today allowing gamers to express themselves in two brand new colors. The new (dark) Blue and Pink controllers retail for the standard $49.99 wireless controller price and also make the perfect "It's a Boy" or "It's a Girl" baby shower gift. Because nothing says congratulations on having a new kid than an Xbox 360 controller themed after a centuries old color coded stereotype.

Pink and blue controllers shot in the wild

Yesterday, we mentioned that two new Xbox 360 controllers would be available in pink and blue this October. We were all fine and content with the new dark and intense colors, but new photos have us second guessing ourselves. The guys over at MaxConsole posted a shot of the new controllers in their natural habitat and honestly, the pictures supplied on Xbox.com don't match. Well, they are close, because the controllers are pink and blue, but in reality the controllers are more Easter egg pastel than dark intense colors. We're officially renaming the color descriptions to "puffy cloud sky blue" and "soft and gentle I need love pink". They're perfect for baby showers too!

Pink and blue controllers join white and black

Getting bored of your bland white and black Xbox 360 controllers? Are you feeling the need for some color in your life? Well, today Microsoft revealed two Xbox 360 controller colors that should make you a happy camper. The brand new blue and pink wireless controllers will retail for $49.99 just like their older white and black cousins and will be available this October. Now remember fanboys, blue is for boys and pink is for girls.

Read - Blue Xbox 360 wireless controller
Read - Pink Xbox 360 wireless controller

360 Mouse and KB control available today

You may recall us telling you about TeamXtender's XFPS 360 last month. The XFPS 360 is an adapter that allows you to use mouse and keyboard controls on the Xbox 360. For those of you who've been longing to get one for yourself (or that special someone as a present) look no further. The XFPS is now available for purchase from Video Game Advantage -- TeamXtender's official reseller. The adapter allows you to use more than a mouse and keyboard, too. It's also compatible with pretty much all Playstation 2 controls. Sure, you could plug your DualShock 2 in there, but you could also use all those other PS2 peripherals you have lying around. Light guns, steering wheels, dance mats: if you've got it, it should work. At $79.99, the device isn't cheap, but we're sure the device will be worth it for dedicated FPS players and those with substantial PS2 peripheral collections.

Quick, somebody buy one of these and see what happens when you play Gears of War with a guitar.

[Via 360-HQ]

MS sued over controller design

Some no-name company from Texas is dragging Microsoft and Nintendo to court over 12 supposed patent infringements related to game controllers, that amazingly went un-noticed until now. Sony, fresh off a losing court battle over force feedback technology, seems to have avoided the dual shakedown this time around. Who holds the patent on transparent extortion schemes?

[Thanks Randy]

360 controllers get crunchy candy shell [update 1]

If chrome isn't your thing, you might like the Fantasy360 controller shells from Xtreme Enterprise. The shells come in all kinds of Skittle-licious colors as well as black and white. The shells look more or less like the colored, semi-transparent S controllers for the original Xbox. They should be available by the end of the month, and I can only assume that Xtreme Enterprises won't be liable if you attempt to eat your scrumptious looking controller.

The read link points to Xbox-Scene, as Xtreme Enterprise's Xbox website was down at the time of this writing.

[Via Xbox-Scene]

Update 1: The site is back up. Click here or hit the read link.

Video: Water-proof 360 controllers

Anyone else surprised that Mad Catz hasn't tried to market this idea for $19.95?

PS3 boomerang controller tossed, doesn't come back

Despite sentimental appeal in the Australian market, Sony's initial  "boomerang" PS3 controller always reeked of funky concept design for funky's own sake. Now that we know Sony "doesn't do gimmicks" (unless stolen from Nintendo) It's little wonder the "Croc" has been tossed, never to return.

Here's to the last burst of creativity Sony ever had.

The Duke takes a dump

Ever wonder what would happen if the original Xbox controller, known 'round these parts as "The Duke," got together with the comparitively sleek Xbox 360 controller and didn't bother to use protection? Their bastard offspring might look like  the MadCatz Microcon (pictured above in all its cuteness). If you're a toddler or a Keebler Elf, IGN's early review says the build quality is decent enough. Just remember what the Duke says about men with small hands.

Xbox 360 controller faceplates

Lik-Sang is now offering Xbox 360 controller faceplates in a variety of styles:

There is an array of 7 colors available from kick-off, including bubblegum pink for the girlfriend (also recommended for gay cow-boys and metrosexual men who are so at ease with their sexuality that they are actually comfortable at shaving their torso plus their legs, at wearing pink shirts if not their wife's panties, and at engaging in other such weird activities that Cosmopolitan columnists and Vogue editors will regularly encourage or praise. For those not familiar with the trend, think "David Beckham" or "male fashion models" as illustrating example).

Ok, not so sure about the marketing language, but the metallic silver one is cool and a good match for the chrome TeamXtender faceplate we noted earlier. Keep in mind that taking your controller apart voids the warranty, although the installation guide available down the page as a PDF makes the process look pretty painless.

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