Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/21/ps3_keyboard/

Sony taps out PS3 controller keyboard

Console controller clip-on keyboard

By James Sherwood

Posted in Games, 21st August 2008 11:45 GMT

PlayStation 3 owners can finally get chatty because Sony has launched a clip-on keyboard for the console’s SixAxis and DualShock 3 controllers.

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Sony's PS3 Wireless Keypad

The PS3 Wireless Keypad clips between the two thumb pads. It communicates with the console over Bluetooth and has a standard Qwerty key layout.

Sony’s designed the keyboard to overcome the limitations of the PS3’s on-screen keyboard which, much like the Wii’s virtual keypad, has been slated as slow and cumbersome.

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Better than the on-screen keyboard?

Iconed buttons on the lower part of the Wireless Keypad allow gamers to jump to pre-set features on console’s XMB menu system, including Friends and Message Box.

The PS3 keyboard key area can also be used as a sort of touchpad, which Sony claims allows gamers to easily manoeuvre the pointer while, say, web browsing. It’s worth noting that this idea isn’t new though, as Sony integrated a similar feature onto the Vaio Pocket VGF-AP1 media player back in 2004, and it slightly resembles the Xbox Qwerty text-input device we reported on in April of last year.

A release date and price haven't been tapped out yet.