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The Chatpad is making its return to Xbox One & Windows 10

by Eric Frederiksen | August 4, 2015August 4, 2015 3:40 pm PST


Microsoft announced at gamescom the return of the chatpad, a small QWERTY layout keyboard designed to plug into an Xbox controller.

The plug-in accessory was a fan favorite on the Xbox 360 and its presence has been missed for some time.

While Microsoft hasn’t confirmed a release date, Amazon has the hardware listed for release on November 10 and is currently accepting pre-orders for it. That seems like a likely date, as it coincides with one of their big fall titles, Rise of the Tomb Raider – not to mention Fallout 4 – and shows up around the same time as the big overhaul to the Xbox One interface. It also directly follows the release of Halo 5: Guardians and the Xbox One Elite controller.

There is a note in the fine print that suggests it may not be available until mid-2016, but that appears to relate to its use with Windows 10 where it isn’t nearly as crucial.

The Xbox Twitter feed did confirm that the pad will also work with the Xbox One Elite controller as well, and it seems likely that it will 3.5mm headphone jack the company made such a big deal of at E3.

The Xbox One chatpad accessory appears to be set to release on Nov. 10 and is priced at $34.99.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...