From Kotaku.com comes this story: Sony have announced a Chatpad-like peripheral for the Playstation 3 controller. Unfortunately, it appears to be the ugliest peripheral ever designed. Has some neat features though.
Well, when we say “neat features”, we actually mean “pretty much the same features that the Chatpad already has”, although it does have a function whereby the whole keypad can be used as a touch pad to allow users to move the pointer around whilst surfing the web by sliding their fingers across it. Which is pretty cool.
Well, it would be cool, but for the fact that the whole thing clips onto the top of the controller. Which just seems…well, dumb. The 360 Chatpad works fine because it is effortless to use – your thumbs are pretty much there already. And although it adds a little weight to the controller, it is well-balanced and unnoticeable.
But this…this just looks plain wrong. I mean, I hate the Playstation controllers anyway. Small, poky little things that require you to scrunch your hands up to grip them, and give me hand cramps after about an hour. And now they expect that you will be happy to take your scrunchy hand, cramping away, and move your thumbs up all the way to the pad keys? The 360 pad requires a very slight shift in thumb position. This thing looks like you would have to change your whole grip on the damn controller. And I can’t imagine it balances all that well, either. We shall see.
As one commenter on Kotaku so eloquently put it:
Seriously…does Sony not know where people usually grow thumbs? This looks incredibly cumbersome.