The lights are on
It's been a fairly rough
E3 for Microsoft, but the time I've been able to spend with the Xbox One
controller has left a good impression. It's a worthy successor to the excellent
Xbox 360 controller.
While I think both the
new Dual Shock and the new Xbox One controller are excellent, the Xbox One unit
is definitely less of a change from last generation -- and for good reason. The
Xbox 360 had, in my opinion, the best video game controller in history. So, the
design team at Microsoft, while making some improvements, definitely took the
approach of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
So, if you're an Xbox
gamer already, you're going to feel right at home when you pick up the Xbox One
controller. While the changes are more subtle, there are definitely some great
improvements over the last-gen unit. The most notable is the rumble
functionality. Microsoft has placed some micro-motors in the triggers, which
allow for really small gradations of rumble. It's a far cry from the "on/off"
feel of the rumble on the 360. If you start a car, you can feel the kick of the
engine starting, then the light vibrations of the idle, then the massive rumble
when you press the trigger down for a full revving of the engine. It's
definitely the best, most advanced rumble I've ever felt.
The basic controller
layout is essentially identical to the 360 controller. You've got dual, offset
analog sticks, four face button, two triggers, two shoulders, start, select,
and a d-pad. The d-pad represents the biggest improvement in the basic control
functions. For one, it's actually a cross-shaped d-pad, not the unwieldy discs
they've had in past controllers. For me, it fixes my only real complaint about
the 360 controller.
analog sticks are rubberized and concave, but also feature a slight micro-texture
along the rim of the top of the stick. It's nice, and provides a little better
feel if you are pushing the stick forward instead of putting your finger in the
controller itself has slightly different contours than the 360 controller, most
notably in the fact that the engineers were able to reposition the batteries to
do away with the "battery lump" and make the back a flush surface. It feels
just a bit smaller in your hands, imagine a size somewhere in between the 360
controller and the Controller S for the original 360.
it's another great controller from Microsoft. Along with the much improved Dual
Shock 4 (you can read my impressions here), this new generation of consoles
will certain be a good one for controllers.
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too bad the controller won't work on a ps4 lol
It should, considering it is an updated version of the already stellar controller the 360 possesses. I mean, all that really needed to be fixed per se was the somewhat unresponsive d-pad...
Looks exactly like the 360 controller
OFF SET ANALOG STICKS. nope.
Have fun. You'll be all alone with that garbage. Good riddance Xbox.
Why would anyone low star vote this article? He got to play with a controller and told us about it. It was honest and thorough. He also spoke highly of the DS4 for PS4. Maybe if the commenters here were a little more honest and thorough themselves we could have real discussions. I appreciated this mostly positive article for what it was worth. Also the DS4 article because one or both of those plastic beauties will spend a lot of time in my big ol tennis racket hands. I thought the flip point about E3 was unnecessary and from what I've read and watched untrue but he's there and I'm not so benefit of doubt. The new controller looks magnificent and majestic like a healthy steed. Seriously though it looks great and I watched on Gametrailers how they made it. Wow. I want to go to there.
Microsoft makes a great game controller, and I'm a Windows guy, but I'm sorry, the Xbox One is terrible. Never gonna get it. I can play (better) games on my PC using an Xbox controller, so why would I ever buy the console?
Hope they will make a charger pack for this controller. I'm going to need it.
I think both Sony's and Microsoft's controllers feel pretty good. Sony's feel more classic since I played PS1 and 2 an awful lot more than the Xbox. Microsoft's controller feels really good as well. Glad to hear both companies made updates to make their controllers even better.
It looks, the same... Ha, Im goin PS4 for sure, or maybe just PC.
They should make it shock proof for when I throw it to the ground.
I wish this mattered...
I don't play my 360 all that much but...surely the rumble wasn't that bad. I mean the PS3's controller has a great variety of different rumble settings, from barely there to EARTHQUAAAAAAKE!!!
The controllers are different in many respects but I wouldn't figure rumble of all things would be one of the differences.
This controller is boring. I thought this was next Gen? Sony is at least trying something new with theirs. Ooooohhh extra rumbly triggers. Have fun Xboxers. I'm out of this one. PS4 I'm coming for ya baby.
Although, they forgot to tell everyone. It does have one very important new feature. A chain to wrap around you ankle.
At least ONE thing about the XBone impresses...