Not to be outdone by Microsoft and their Messenger Pad. At this year’s Games Convention Sony announced that it will be releasing their Wireless Keypad, a new peripheral for SIXAXIS and DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controllers for the PS3 this holiday season, throughout the world. It will be introduced in North America in late November. It will be also introduced in Japan, Europe and Asia by the end of this year.
The, apprently, highly anticipated Wireless Keypad is designed to fit precisely into the unique shape of SIXAXIS and DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controllers, and can be easily attached or removed. By using the product instead of the on-screen keyboard, users will be able to enjoy text chat communication more easily and comfortably in their hands, just as they would use familiar portable communication devices. It supports text chat in PlayStation Home as well, and enables users to enjoy interactivity playing on-line titles and enjoying entertainment content more smoothly.
Equipped with Bluetooth functionality, the Wireless Keypad can be paired to PS3 by simply connecting the keypad to the USB cable that comes bundled with the PS3 system. Also, two shortcut buttons, a Communication Button and a Message Box Button, are placed on the lower part of the Wireless Keypad, enabling users to jump to pre-set features on XrossMediaBar such as “Friends” and “Message Box” during game play, which will help PS3 users to smoothly communicate with each other. A additional feature worthy of merit is a Touch Pad Button, that will allow PS3 users to use the entire surface of the keypad as a touch pad, allowing them to easily manoeuvre the pointer while web browsing, simply by sliding their finger on the keypad surface.
Release date and price of this product will be announced later in each region. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear more.