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Connect eight controllers to Xbox One at once, only four on PS4

Xbox One can support up to eight controllers connected to the system simultaneously. Multitaps everywhere were rendered somehow even more obsolete thanks to Microsoft's shop listing for the controller (via VideoGamer), which otherwise lists several previously confirmed features for the updated peripheral.

Xbox 360 only supported four controllers while PS3 could link up with seven. SCE President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida confirmed in a tweet that PS4 can only connect with four controllers at once, but he didn't say why the number dropped between generations.

If you have a gaggle of friends all waiting to pile into a FIFA or Bomberman game, this is one 180 entirely in Microsoft's favor. Just make sure they bring their own controllers--unless you want to keep $480 worth of them lying around.

But whether either console can connect to eight or 800, what's really important is how sensually fulfilling each controller is to hold.

25 comments

  • D0CCON - September 4, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    It's nice that this happens AFTER split screen feels all but dead. Not that 8 players would work for traditional split screen anyways. Those screens would be way too small.
  • Eightboll812 - September 4, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    I can't think of a game that really would be "cool" with 8 players on a non-split screen. I can think of a few that might seem cool, but where the reality would be far less. Like FIFA, where that seems great to have 8 players playing. But the reality of multi-player like that is that most players end up out of position and then when you try to switch players yourself, you end up with some guy who is off screen anyway since the other 3 on your team already control the other 3 closest players. In other words, it's fairly frustrating. Now, that said, I've read that the Xbone controller is a true 802.11 device, which I DO like, at least in theory. I hate the fact that Bluetooth interferes with Wi-Fi in the 2.4 GHz band, and even though it employs some interference avoidance techniques, those techniques are not 100% and I'm not convinced there isn't some downside when the radio devices are in such close proximity. Sony uses Bluetooth for controllers and it appears PS4 does not have 5 GHz Wi-Fi as an option (which I find irritating), so it's basically status quo there. MS using 802.11 for controllers could remove any interference issues that PS4 has, but I'm not sure if there will be any latency with large number of controllers. At least Bluetooth was designed to be a peripheral interconnect. Wi-Fi was designed like most network standards, especially wireless networks...to tolerate high latency and congestion. So to me, it remains to be seen if there are issues, but in theory, Wi-Fi controllers could be a positive. It could also be a negative with large numbers of controllers and/or a heavily used home Wi-Fi environment. And you could more easily DOS your neighbor's Xbone, lol. Theoretically, PS4 should still be able to support 7 controllers, unless for some reason the new controllers are much higher bandwidth devices. And if it is 7 in the end, then how can you really call 8 controllers a "win" over 7?
  • FoxdenRacing - September 4, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Solution in search of a problem. There were very, very few games that supported 4-player local [most demanded one-per-system over Live]...and with 8, you'd have to be talking same-screen multiplayer. I could see this being useful for Smackdown, but that's about it.
  • ArsenicWolf - September 4, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Honestly, how many times do they think 8 people will be playing on the same screen. Pretty pointless if you ask me.
  • francois-dara-santos - September 4, 2013 1:59 a.m.

    wooo!!! tekken galore!!
  • shawksta - September 3, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    okay Your just gonna state that, without any games made for it? As Rub3z said, things like Sports games would work
  • brickman409 - September 3, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    I could see why ps4 is only supporting 4 controllers. I don't remember any PS3 games that supported more than 4 controllers let alone 7 or 8. And besides few games even have split screen these days, everything is online. I like playing local multiplayer more than online, but it seems like everyone else is moving towards online.
  • WinterIsComing - September 3, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    It would be kind of cool if a super smash bros type game was made for xbox one. You could definitely have some ridiculous battles with 8 people
  • Child Of Death - September 3, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    I dont even have that many friends lol
  • Beartoe - September 3, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    now the real question is, can anyone think of any game that supports 8 players at once on one console?
  • Kailon791 - September 3, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    FIFA! Me and my buddies play 8 players all the time!
  • Beartoe - September 5, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    Well that's one game. But unless you are an absolute fan of Fifa, I highly doubt many people would be willing to put in close to a grand (cost of the console, game, and 8 controllers) to fully take advantage of this feature for this one game.
  • P0ck3tC1am - September 3, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    yay 8 even tinier screens to peek on....or 8 people kinect, because we care.
  • Verenitz - September 3, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Thanks for making me feel even more /foreveralone, Microsoft!
  • JimmiCottam - September 3, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    Wow, I don't even have 8 friends!
  • ObliqueZombie - September 3, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Wait, what games would need or could use this? And out of 8 people, what are the odds only one person owns the system?
  • Rub3z - September 3, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    Some kinds of sports games that I don't care about, can only think of a few other examples that would work with 8 players...
  • garnsr - September 3, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    The remote for PS3 is controller 7, I think drums and guitars are usually 5 or 6, and the Dual Shock controllers are 1-4, I think. I've never tried more than four controllers, I'm not sure if it is just possible to hook up seven things, not necessarily Dual Shock controllers, or what. I've never needed more than two controllers for anything other than getting a trophy that requires four players, and since I've had to replace my PS3 three times I've got plenty of controllers.
  • JarkayColt - September 3, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Wow, talk about overkill. I can't even think of many games this last generation where I've even been allowed to use more than two controllers, if that. But eight? The Bomberman example is like the only sort of game I could see that working for.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - September 3, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    Wait, the PS3 could connect 7 controllers? News to me.

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