On May 7, Xbox owners will be able to chat with both Xbox Live friends and Windows Live Messenger friends right from their 360. Unfortunately, all messages will be typed on the on-screen keyboard — that is until the arrival of the Xbox 360 QWERTY Keyboard ($TBA; Summer 2007). This accessory for the 360 snaps onto the underside of the controller for faster, more convenient chatting and text input. [via]
The rumors are true. The Xbox 360 Elite ($480; April 29) brings the 360 more in line with the PS3's capabilities — and price. This new black version of the Xbox 360 packs in upgrades like a 120GB Hard Drive ($180 Separately) and HDMI 1080p output, while the rest of the 360 features (which are still fairly impressive) stay the same. The bad news? It doesn't add a ton of new features for current 360 owners. The good news? It actually has enough storage to make Xbox Live Marketplace make sense, and HDMI output is just icing on top.
The Paradox PlayStation 2 Controller ($45) is designed to take your PS2 gaming habit to a new level. A special control lets you mimic a computer mouse to make things like camera movements and aiming easier. It works with compatible games via a USB port built into the PS2 to let you control the mouse features and gamepad at the same time.