Xbox 360 gets instant messaging

Xbox 360 isn't just good for beer-soaked Mötley Crüe rock-outs on Guitar Hero II; it's also a vital social networking tool.Well, so thinks M

Xbox 360 isn't just good for beer-soaked Mötley Crüe rock-outs on Guitar Hero II; it's also a vital social networking tool.Well, so thinks Microsoft anyway. It's bringing Windows Live Messenger to the living room big screen with its Spring Update for Xbox 360, due next month.Naturally, we'll be needing something better than an on-screen keyboard to keep up with our PC chums so Bill Gates is also furnishing us with a QWERTY add-on (pictured) to snap neatly into the base of the 360's controllers.A new frontier for console-kind or a shameless attempt to flog more accessories? You decide.

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Xbox 360 Spring UpdatePrice: £Free (keyboard £TBA)On sale: 7th May (keyboard summer 2007)Contact: MicrosoftRelated stories:May day for Halo 3