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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: December 12, 2008
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

January 24, 2009 - With Sony’s social networking community known as HOME coming into its own, everyone needs to correct accessories to take full advantage of their online experience. While you can easily utilize any usb-access keyboard to hold conversations, witching between the keyboard and the controller to move your player around can be an issue for some. To solve this problem, Sony has designed a wireless PS3 keypad, which places the keyboard in the palm of your hands as an attachment for the SIXAXIS/DualShock 3 controllers.

First off, this keypad attachment will set you back roughly $50, which to some will seem like a lot to pay for a controller-based keypad, when the Xbox 360 keypad attachment cost between $20-$30. However, what separates the PS3 wireless keypad from the Xbox 360 keypad, let alone many computer-base keyboards, is a host of innovative features packed into a compact attachment. Just like its controllers and headsets, the keypad is Bluetooth compatible, which lets you utilize it, whether it be synced with your console or a Bluetooth enabled Smartphone.

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The keypad also plays host to a full QWERTY keypad, similar to those of a Smartphone, but also has a row of number keys. Between the Caps-lock, Tab, Shift, Enter, Esc, shoulder buttons, etc., you can do practically any and everything that a regular keyboard can do. The crown jewel of this keypad attachment has to be utilizing the face buttons as a mouse pad to aid in surfing the internet while on your PS3 console. It took a bit after picking up my jaw up off the floor to fully appreciate this feature. Some may argue that you can scroll through websites with the analog sticks on the controller perfectly fine, which is true, however the keypad is more responsive to the touch and it is very simple to control.

The keypad isn't without a few drawbacks to its design. First and foremost, the requirement to charge the keypad's battery separately from the controller. I'm sure they could have designed the keypad to utilize the mini usb port on the controller so both the keypad and controller could be charged at the same time. It's not that big of a deal to charge separately, but it is a little inconvenient. Another issue with the keypad design is the location of the keypad once attached to the controller. It sits atop the controller, while not blocking the shoulder buttons. Considering I have medium size hands it’s not an issue to reach a few centimeters to use the keypad, however those with small hands will find it uncomfortable having to switch from holding the controller to holding the sides of the keypad for quick and efficient use.

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Since I actively use HOME and chat through my PS3 console, having this keypad attachment is a welcome addition to my product library. While those are the main reasons to utilize a keypad or keyboard, with the way Sony is releasing innovative software for their console, who’s to say the wont release a game which utilizes the keypad in some way. Like I said before, this attachment will set you back $50, but at the end of the day you won’t regret the purchase.


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