A closer look at the Xbox One Controller

This week, I sat down with Zulfi Alam, general manager of the Xbox accessories group, to discuss how he and his team have made the best in class Xbox 360 controller even better for Xbox One.

During our discussion, I was impressed with how much the team focused on the gamer and the gaming experience while building the Xbox One controller. During the research and testing process and amidst the 40+ improvements that were ultimately implemented, every improvement – even the placement of tiny screws – was made specifically for gamers.

I don’t want to spoil all of the surprises, but the Xbox One controller improvements range from small to large, including a new screw-free back, a redesigned battery compartment, improved D-pad and the addition of haptic feedback to the triggers (this is really cool).

I hope you enjoy learning about the new Xbox One controller as much as I did, and can’t wait to show it off at gamescom in a couple weeks. If you’d like to read more about the Xbox One controller and see a pic of some of the team behind the magic, you can check out this article

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

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  • Spazicle

    I really hope that developers use the rumble triggers in interesting ways.

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  • johnabraham

    The battery pack on the 360 controller is very uncomfortable for me so it looks like the Xbox One controller will be way better. Those new triggers are looking really cool as well.

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  • evilfangs .

    Sweet!!!

    Larry or anyone who has handled a Xbox one controller. Do you know if the controller has some weight to it? I like my controllers to have some weight to it, I hope it doesn’t feel light as this really messes my gaming up.

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  • hoopchi

    I really hope the ability to switch sticks is included for us lefties. Many developers do not give this option and it would help whether through software or hardware means.

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  • Death Dealer

    Excellent!

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  • beardyman3218

    I didnt think it was possible to improve upon the 360 controller, well you have, Amazing!

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  • aykayone

    wait. the controller has aluminum oxynitride in the guide button?!?!

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    • Death Dealer

      I thought he said it was transparent aluminum, yes. It’s used in many IR appliances these days.

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  • Timothy Hames

    Cool is there a date I can buy one?

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  • Christian Morales

    cool can’t wait

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  • roozbeh, again

    looks like a beauty. would love to experience it.
    almost perfect evolution of the magnificent xbox 360 controller. well done

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  • Timothy Hames

    I do have one question,

    I enjoy playing with a controller on my PC, has it been tested on programs like steam big picture or GTA for windows live to see how it works?

    I will buy one for my PC seeing it looks amazing. Cheerio on this.

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    • MrRadiolips

      I was thinking about buying one of these for my PC but thought it would be better to wait for Valves biometric controller instead.

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    • Death Dealer

      It will have the same input functionality of the Xbox 360 controller, but the drivers will arrive early 2014. They don’t work with the current Xbox 360 drivers.

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  • Simplex

    Will you be able to connect this controller to a PC using USB cable? That would be awesome.

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    • roozbeh, again

      no sadly

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    • Death Dealer

      YES! But drivers will be released early 2014. Until then, no go.

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  • Jorge Garza

    This is beautiful

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  • Death Dealer

    Good complementing article:
    kotaku com/how-the-xbox-one-controller-has-changed-1109126240

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  • Nick Peck

    That controller looks great, can’t wait to get my hands on it🙂

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  • Boss

    The Xbox One controller is so much better than the PS4 d!ldo controller with night light

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    • B00ME

      I know and a lot of the PS4 controllers features require the camera that’s sold seperately.

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    • Death Dealer

      Fun fact: The Xbox One controller has the same tracking functionality as the DS4, but using IR and thus invisible to the naked eye.

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  • roozbeh, again

    the analogue sticks look so much better. i already broke through the rubber analogue sticks on my 360 controller so this is a welcome change.

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  • B00ME

    So if I want a wired controller I need to buy the play and charge kit?

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    • evilfangs .

      You can use any micro USB cable.

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    • baconcheeswhiz89

      no it’s like the ps3 controller, it comes with a recharge cord.

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    • roozbeh, again

      just plug a micro usb. who doesnt have one of those?

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      • B00ME

        Evidently I’m the only person who doesn’t.

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      • evilfangs .

        I don’t have one of these too, but I’ll be buying a plug and play charger kit.

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      • roozbeh, again

        well best start finding one. pretty useful having those around

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  • baconcheeswhiz89

    pretty cool controller and all but does it blend?

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    • pulseimpact

      no just no

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  • roozbeh, again

    Hey major,
    Does the guide button press down(like the 360) or is it touch sensitive?

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    • Tomo

      They said it’s physical and people at E3 said it was physical, so I guess it’s physical, and not touch sensitive.

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  • Charles Walton III

    That controller looks good

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  • david_hoyland

    The best controller of all time just got better!

    Well played Microsoft, rep added.

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  • boe2

    It’s a beauty, nobody can deny that🙂

    Will there be PC drivers available (or maybe even out of the box in windows 8) for the controllers connected trough usb? For pc gamers there is still a good deal of confusion when it comes to picking the “correct” 360 controller (since there is a separate windows controller available, but not everyone is aware of that), but it would be nice is the new xbox controller is “one size, fits all”.

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    • Morris ヅ

      im sure there will defo be drivers for windows 8 and prob 7 as well

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      • Death Dealer

        Early 2014.

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      • Morris ヅ

        really why next year?

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      • roozbeh, again

        Ask Microsoft

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      • Death Dealer

        Don’t know. I guess they want to do PC compatibility testing after the release of the Xbox One.

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      • Morris ヅ

        dont you think there doing that now?

        do you think games on pc with controller support would use them feeback triggers in there games?

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      • Death Dealer

        At the point of release, very likely not. Games will start using it afterwards. I’m just guessing at the reason for the delay, I seriously don’t know.

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      • Morris ヅ

        i hear you, so you dont think CoD:Ghost is going to use da Force Feedback triggers no?

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      • Death Dealer

        On the Xbox One, very likely. Even if just for trying to incorporate new stuff on the new gen. I don’t expect it to be fine tuned though, but I might be pleasantly surprised.

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      • Morris ヅ

        im sure xbox one tools are friendly tho so i imagine it aint that hard to add it for XboxOne only and tune it

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  • Morris ヅ

    cant wait to play a game like cod and see how good the latency is runnin wireless with the pad and the feed back triggers hope devs use it and when they do pc games as well with controller support !!! NOV needs tio hurry up and come!

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  • Quanicus

    I have how leading up to Games Com, Microsoft is getting old the hardware information out first. Leaving Games Com to be what it’s intended to be. Good job again, MS!

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