For years now, my tiny family doesn’t really do xmas gifts anymore. If anything, we take advantage of cheap crossborder prices once the new year rolls around. For the first time in memory, however, I braved the last minute shopping rush (really, people, I just don’t understand whyyy you would leave this stuff until the last minute) to pick up a little something before the stores get picked over on Boxing Day.
Why? Well, it turns out that this matte silver controller (the first of its kind with the transforming D pad, now standard on all 360 controllers) has dropped well out of the sweet spot on Amazon.com, and has entered into rarity territory with the price tag to match. I had been waiting for it to drop further for years, and missed its lowest price… or did I?
As it turns out, The Source is liquidating them for 55$, well below the 70$ they initially cost, and I got one of the last handful or so available on the island of Montreal, just in time for the stores to close on Christmas eve. I knew they wouldn’t last the inevitable descent of glassy eyed Boxing Day zombies, and this was clearly my last chance to grab this rapidly vanishing item.
So what makes this such a hot commodity that I’d be willing to brave the holiday hordes and frosty temperatures to go grab it? Well, apart from being a nice counterpoint to the gold PS3 controller, and the transforming D pad, which people tell me is somehow a good thing?, and the fact that we now have a full set of 4 controllers (finally!), I mostly just bought it for the greyscale buttons. Yes. That’s what I just said. I regret nothing!