Original Duke-Classic Xbox controller might see a comeback

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

If you are a veteran gamer that remember the times prior to insanely realistic graphics and physics, you might have spent a good chunk of your time playing on the original Xbox console. That was Microsoft’s first shot at a gaming device, and it ignited the vast and rich collection of games and consoles that Microsoft has created over the years. The original Xbox was named as such because it actually took the form of an X-shaped box, which is no longer the case for newer generation devices.

The aesthetic philosophies from back then pushed Microsoft to deliver such a product, and alongside it came the controller. The original Xbox controller wasn’t as slim as the one you get to play with today. It was quite the big fellow actually, putting a bit of a strain on some smaller hands. Its imposing body made people call the controller “The Duke”, and has remains a piece of Xbox history.

The Duke’s link to current times lies with original Xbox designer, which is Seamus Blackley. The former Microsoft collaborator hinted on his official Twitter handler that he is working on bringing back good ol’ Duke in an updated version which would work for the current generation Xbox One S. With the first hints dropped back in October, it seems very likely that we’ll see the new and improved Duke in the near future.

It is still unconfirmed whether the controller will sport the original 6 buttons, placed as gamers remember them, but time will tell, as well as whether or not the new Duke will have success among the newer generations of Xbox gamers. It is worth noting that not everyone liked the original version. Actually, a lot of people disliked it due to its size being an inconvenience but maybe they will look differently at it now, with a reminiscing attitude.

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