New reports suggest Microsoft is working on a new Xbox One controller that could show up at E3 2016 in June during the company’s press conference. We’re not fully sure what this new controller will bring to the table, but rumors have it that it is similar to the current ones in design and may have a different color.
It is possible it may have similar features to the Xbox One Elite Controller, but that would probably cause for less folks wanting to purchase the premium controller and option for this one instead. Furthermore, it might just end up being a white controller with built-in batteries, something many fans have been asking for.
We have no quarrels with the current design and the need to have a battery pack on hand. However, giving players a choice is not a bad thing in the grand scheme of things.
Here’s what Thurrot had to say about this:
The new standard controller will look similar to the current design, which isn’t too surprising, but will likely come in a new color. Considering that Microsoft currently ships a black controller, a white default design seems like a decent mid-cycle refresh for the console to help spur sales.
In addition to an updated standard controller, the company is exploring new interactions between the PC and the Xbox One to further extend the capabilities already present between the two (game streaming). Seeing as Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 on the desktop and Xbox one a ‘killer combination’, they are looking to leverage the ecosystem to create unique experiences for games that are on other platforms too.
You know what would be a great addition? USB-C and wireless charging. These hardware features can be viewed as overkill for a controller, but there’s not much one can do with a video game controller these days in terms of innovation.
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