Sega has just announced a Phantasy Star
-branded Blue Orb Texter for sale through its online store. The gadget is plugged in between the controller and console -- available for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 -- and the player can use an analog stick to kind of jab in the text. (Note: Xbox 360 owners must have a wired controller to use this.)
Looking at the layout of the characters, pictured, gives us the impression that we wouldn't be so accurate with it. According to Sega's website
, gadget can be used with any game that accepts a USB keyboard.
Someone will find this very convenient, to be sure, but considering the price -- $35 for PS2, $40 for Xbox 360 -- we have a hard time justifying this except for PSU
enthusiasts who want the packaged "swag aplenty" and free t-shirt. We're eschewing the learning curve for this device and buying a USB keyboard
and/or saving up for the Xbox 360 chatpad