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RUMOUR: Next-Gen Xbox Controller Has No New Features

Jonathan Lester
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RUMOUR: Next-Gen Xbox Controller Has No New Features

Since Microsoft are still remaining tight-lipped about their next-gen console, it's time for yet another 'anonymous sources' rumour! This latest report comes courtesy of Kotaku, who claim that the next Xbox controller will be broadly identical to the Xbox 360 version with no new inputs or features.

Though it might be "a little smaller."

Kotaku's sources report that the next-gen Xbox controller features a broadly identical thumbstick and button layout, even including the central Home button, dual triggers and bumpers. There's no touchscreen, touch pad or motion-sensing beacon. However, it may be slightly smaller than its predecessor.

This could well be good news considering that the Xbox 360 controller is a thing of rare ergonomic beauty (we hope that the poxy disc D-Pad will be substantially improved, mind), but the lack of new input methods is likely due to Kinect 2.0 being a mandatory part of the new Xbox experience. As ever, we have high hopes and staggeringly low expectations for Microsoft's foray into motion control following several years of what basically amounts to a paid hardware beta test.

Details are still thin on the ground about the next Xbox, though Gamestop recently described it as a "hot, compelling device." A reveal is heavily tipped for April.

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Quietus  Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:16

I can't see this being a problem. What can the controller add without becoming button-heavy or gimicky?

Late  Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:41

Agree with Quietus. The current xbox controller is good, and I still can't see any point to a touchpad on a controller.

pete_21  Apr. 3, 2013 at 15:03

Agree with the point that an improved D-Pad wouldn't go amiss, other than that the existing Xbox controller generally does the job.

DivideByZero  Apr. 3, 2013 at 17:19

Amount of buttons is fine. But the xbox controllers are really really clunky and huge. Something that is a bit less Fisher-Price would be nice.

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