Conveniences abound in Xbox One controller redesign

A cross-shaped directional pad. Rumbling triggers. Rad buttons. We've seen a lot of consternation about the Xbox One as a video game console (and done some ourselves), but Microsoft's latest post on its new-and-improved gamepad makes us excited to get our hands on the controller, at the very least.

The joysticks and triggers both require less force to press, and the buttons are placed closer together for easier combinations on top of the aforementioned D-pad and force feedback, among other tweaks.

The Xbox One controller also sports a few mundane but useful sounding upgrades: instead of turning off after a brief period of inactivity, the controller enters a low-power state and immediately wakes up when used again. That should make watching Netflix or other videos with a controller as a remote much more palatable.

You can preserve the controller's AA batteries by plugging in a generic USB Micro cable, so it sounds like the odd divide between Wired and Wireless 360 controllers will no longer be a concern.

Consoles aside, which next-gen controller do you prefer?


  • Thomper - June 9, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    The xbox360 controller was miles ahead of the ps3's. I own both machines and the controller design influenced my purchases. It is well known that the xbox controller is a brilliantly designed piece of tech and I see no reason why the xb1 controller can't improve on it. Sad to see the ps4 controller hasn't undergone a major re-design as I have man-sized hands, and Sony's controller just don't work for me.
  • westonb - June 9, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    thats wierd because im a real man and this controller is akward and uncomfortable for me
  • ShadowOps117 - June 8, 2013 12:56 p.m.

  • nonevilcookiemonster - June 8, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    Here is more on the Xbox One connectivity and DRM that just got revealed by Microsoft in a PR
  • ZeeCaptain - June 7, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    I don't see what the big deal is, this isn't very different than other controllers available from Razor and other retailers, besides the fact that old 360 controllers won't work on the XBONE (which leads me to believe that the ones that I have for my PC that are PC/360 compatible won't work either) then this is just a way of MS forcing extra marketing.
  • Fireninjastar - June 6, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    The D-pad is gonna be better. The end.
  • pokepark7 - June 6, 2013 5:51 p.m.

    Sounds cool but it should have been better if it was COMPLETELY REBUILT :P
  • Whit - June 6, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Does it come with a credit card reader?
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    Dunno if it's because I've been using it since the PS1, or because my hands genuinely are better suited for it, but I have always liked the DualShock design, no matter how many haters are there about the design. So I am definitely partial to the Dualshock 4 by default. That being said, this controller also looks pretty sweet, and i enjoyed the 360's pad a lot, save for that stupid D-pad, which this one seems to have fixed. Honestly, seems to me that in the field of their respective controllers, both MS and Sony have done a good job in improving their design while not making wild, unnecessary changes like say, the weird control schemes for the N64 and GC Controllers.
  • someonetgsn - June 6, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    I think it is just because you have built up a proficiency for it. Back in the PS2 days, I never complained about the DualShock design, in fact, after playing the N64, I thought it was the best thing ever. =) However, all the time I spent playing Xbox 360 games has pretty much demolished my proficiency with the Dualshock design... and with the disappointing XBONE reveal, I am in an awkward position. =/ I find it funny they moved the Xbox button up on this one... no more 'accidental' Xbox button pressing now right? xD As for those haters, I bet they are just those newer gen gamers who came onto the gaming scene post PS2. It is best to ignore them. =/
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Huh... weird, I actually owned a 360 first before I owned a PS3, for 4 years I played pretty much just the 360, and after it red reigned, and I got a PS3, returning to the Dualshock actually gave me to trouble, so yeah, I guess it just depends from person to person XD
  • Sliet - June 7, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    Exact same story here, for a while I felt awkward with the Sixaxis back in my hands, specially games that needed to use the directionals along analogs. But it wasn't so long until I got adapted to the grip of it, and over the time I've come to realize that I absolutely love the controller, overall it feels much more agile.
  • PatHan-bHai - June 7, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Same here......I suck at playing games on the mouse and keyboard and the Xbox 360 controller. The DualShock's design for me is the best controller design ever. For me the Xbox360 trigger buttons are awkwardly placed. Analog positions just confuse the hell outta me and make playing uncomfortable and the God-damned directional buttons. PS4's controller is just right for me but the Xbone's is also quite good looking too.
  • taokaka - June 6, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    AA batteries? Well that settles it, the dualshock 4 is easily my favourite of the two controllers and I haven't even got to use either yet.
  • Germaximus - June 6, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    I have always preferred the Playstation controller. It's far more comfortable to me. The Xbox one is just too big for me, and I have big hands. For the original Xbox I bought a madcatz controller that was basically the same thing as the regular controller but a smaller size, that was cool.
  • LoboMau - June 6, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    No way! It's a fact that the xbox360's controller is one of the most ergonomic controller ever designed (and the best of the current gen). The original xbox's controller was badly designed, but not the 360's.
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    Dude, he's not saying the 360 controller was worse, jsut that he found it more comfortable. Or do you claim to know what's more comfortable for his hands specifically? :P
  • LoboMau - June 6, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    I find it weird because he's comparing controllers of two different gens(original Xbox vs PS3). Makes no sense, because while the PS controllers have pretty much the same design since PS1, there were significant improvements from the original xbox to the 360. Being this article about the Xbox One controller, it only makes sense to compare it with a 360's (as they are very similar).
  • BladedFalcon - June 6, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    Yes... and he mentioned the Xbone controller specifically. Which mean he was probably talking about the 360 as well. The whole thing about the first Xbox controller felt to me as a separate anecdote than the direct comparison. Of course, i could have understood wrong.
  • MrXLiebezeit - June 6, 2013 7:14 p.m.

    I find it odd how it looks like you "Bladed Falcon" were replying to my comment. Unless you were, but your comment does not point to that being truth. I wonder if something can be done with the commenting system to remedy this.

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