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Microsoft claims the Xbox One controller is the best yet

Hundreds of tweaks in the palm of your hand
Fri Jun 07 2013, 13:33

GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft is continuing its run up to the E3 games show with more details about its Xbox One console, its hardware, and its terms and conditions.

The firm has provided not one but two blog posts on the subject of its shiny new Xbox One controller, and both posts have the message that this Xbox controller is the best yet.

The ever present Major Nelson was on hand to pick out the highlights of the controller, and he said that everything down to the audio has been improved.

We can expect "revamped thumbsticks", smoother lower buttons, a new D Pad, and a controller that knows who you are and where you are sitting.

What we all want to know, though, is, is it covered in spikes? Well, no, it isn't. Microsoft has gone out of its way to make the controller slip easily into your hand.

"The controller's design is deliberately honed to the closest tenth of a millimeter to offer the most comfortable fit in users' hands, and was tested extensively by a broader age group than ever before to ensure it is optimized for as many people as possible," said a post from the controller's developers.

"According to the team's research, this improves gameplay performance and allows comfortable gaming for longer periods of time."

Not only is it snug, it's also cosy. The controller can recognise which player is using it and, should you be playing split screen games against a partner, for example, will adjust the picture on the television to match the seating arrangements.

"The Xbox team meticulously analyzed the Xbox 360 controller for areas to innovate, and conducted 20 research studies around the world with more than 500 participants of all ages, genders and gaming proficiencies to validate every proposed improvement. Some innovations were small. Others were substantial," added the post.

"By the end, after 200 prototypes, the team was confident the culmination of their efforts was a controller that was still distinctly Xbox, but refined and improved."

The controller also knows if you have wandered off or are watching a movie. When this happens it will gently usher itself into a quickstart sleep mode from which it is easily roused.

"Simply put," the Xbox team added, "it is the best controller we've ever made." µ 


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