We just started hearing rumors that Microsoft was planning a new Xbox 360 controller with an improved D-pad, then Major Nelson comes along and pops a video on Youtube explaining it. Lovely. The new D-pad is a new patented design that’s just as we heard from Joystiq: it’s a disc in the normal configuration, but a quick twist raises the crossbars about a quarter-inch, making it more usable. The analog sticks have also been made slightly more concave, and…wait for it…the ABXY buttons are now translucent monochrome instead of colored. The new matte silver controller will only come bundled with the Play and Charge kit for $64.99 when it launches on November 9 in the US and replaces the existing wireless controller. It’ll hit Europe around February next year. Click ‘More’ to check out Major Nelson’s Youtube video.