PlayStation 3 Getting Wireless Keypad in November, Features Mouse-like Touch Pad

A wireless keypad with a touch-sensitive pad will be released for the PlayStation 3 in November, Sony announced today.

As it utilizes Bluetooth technology, the pad can be used with any other Bluetooth-compatible device, such as a smart phone or a laptop, and charges its battery via a USB connection.

With a toggle switch, the "entire surface of the keypad" can be used as a mouse-like touch pad, according to Sony.

"In this mode, you can slide your finger on this area to move the cursor on the screen and tap to enter," SCEA hardware marketing director John Koller wrote on the official PlayStation Blog. "There will be two short cut buttons on the Keypad that will enable users to jump directly to the XMB's 'Friends' icon and the 'Message Box' during gameplay."

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    August 20, 2008 10:37 AM

    Seems like an awkward place to put a keypad. I would think you would want it closer to your thumbs.

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      August 20, 2008 10:42 AM

      It's a completely moronic place to put it, actually. I can't believe Sony would seriously put the keypad above the sticks like that.

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        August 20, 2008 12:16 PM

        Not that retarded, actually. If you just shift your grip up an inch or so it turns into a blackberry-like keyboard.

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      August 20, 2008 12:25 PM

      Can you even use the R1/2, L1/2 buttons with this on? And I agree its bad placement of the pad. Should be below.

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      August 20, 2008 12:34 PM

      At first glance it looked pretty cheesy to me, but I'm starting to think it seems alright... It doesn't seem conflict with fingers/thumbs in playing area, and to type you just shift your grip a little to tilt the controller in your hand. Although, I don't quite see why a keypad is necessary...

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      August 20, 2008 1:44 PM

      I have the pad for the 360 controller and never take it off. Works great! I don't think this was the best placement for the keyboard but then again the controller isn't the best of designs to start with. Seems like it would be awfully top heavy and awkward. shrug.

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      August 20, 2008 2:23 PM

      It's for your toes.

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