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Microsoft Surface will support USB devices such as 360 controllers

Project manager Panos Panay spilled some rare beans on Reddit.

The upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet will support thousands of USB devices including Xbox 360 controllers and the Kinect peripheral, in case you want to completely undo the entire concept of having a tablet computer by plugging a load of things into it.

According to reports the Surface is expected to go on sale on October 26th, and is being competitively priced to compete with the Apple iPad. The 32Gb model is expected to retail at £399, which is what a base model iPad with half the storage will set you back.

And as Digital Trends reports, the hardware will support a number of USB devices including Xbox 360 controllers and probably Kinect too.

Details regarding the Surface have been scant so far, but the project's general manager Panos Panay opened up to those nerds on Reddit with an Ask Me Anything thread this weekend.

When asked whether the surface supported Xbox peripherals, Panay said: "We used the 360 usb controllers to play with Surface all the time and they work great. We have not tried Kinect yet."

As Digital Trends' Earnest Cavelli points out, though, the wireless Xbox peripherals will likely not work - Panay was only referring to the wired USB controllers available for PCs.

"These controllers also work with Windows PCs, and given that the Surface uses an altered version of Windows this makes perfect sense," said Cavelli. "
[But] unless Microsoft has added additional hardware to the Surface that nobody knows about, you won't be able to play games on the Surface with a wireless Xbox 360 controller."

Which all sort of hints at the fact that a number of high-performance USB devices will work with the modified Windows tablet. Gaming keyboards such as the CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Mechanical are built to withstand a hammering from moody FPS players, and high-quality gaming mice such as the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Zero are designed to give you the edge when competing against others online. Both should work with the Surface, so if you've pre-ordered the tablet, treat yourself to some extra hardware.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801473809-ADNFCR