Saturday, September 30, 2006

XBOX 360 Keyboard... Where are you?

On July 25th, 2005 (months before the console was even released) contained within a feature we had our first glance of several upcoming XBOX 360 accessories. Included in this report were favourites such as the wired headset, universal media remote, the recently released Vision camera and one particular that seems to have vanished off the face of the Earth: The keyboard that plugs into the XBOX 360 controller.
The translation reads (via TeamXBOX):

  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Connects to controller
  • For sending messages or in-game chat
So what is the deal? Where is it? Is it bogus like some people guess? Perhaps that was a rational conclusion based off of the evidence at the time. However, the camera is also shown in that presentation and it turned out to be pretty darn real.

Then there is something else to consider. Every other accessory image shown in that presentation looked to be either a photograph or a render. Our mystery keyboard is obviously a drawn concept diagram. What does that tell us? Well, we can speculate that it just that, a concept. Let's face it, we're almost a year into our XBOX 360 life and there isn't much need for a keyboard embedded into your controller. Well, unless you play Final Fantasy XI. And I know you're too smart to do that.

And with that said, there is my theory. It hasn't been released because we honestly don't need it yet. Will we see it soon? Likely, with MMO games like Huxley, Phantasy Star Universe and the newly announced Marvel MMO coming out there will actually be a requirement for such a device. Sure we could use one of those regular keyboards. But if I wanted to do that I might as well play on my PC and use the more precise mouse while I'm at it.

I was going to get a hold of a Microsoft rep for comment, but I just didn't feel like hearing, "Microsoft doesn't comment on rumors or speculation". Rest assured I'll be asking about it while I'm at X'06 Toronto later next month.