No sooner had we ecstatically bid the old d-pad adieu
than Microsoft advised that its tweaked Xbox 360 controller is not yet destined for mass distribution. While confirming an October 24 release date with Eurogamer
, the publisher noted that the new controller, sporting an "optimized" and not-entirely-awful d-pad, will be released as a Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
tie-in product. As such, it will be "a limited edition promotional item that is only available in Europe, Asia and Latin America while supplies last."
It's also a revolting green.
We've contacted Microsoft in the hopes of ascertaining its US plans for the improved controller, if any.