If you’re clamoring for extra details about the Xbox Series X controller, you’ve come to the correct place. Microsoft has revealed the brand new Xbox pad in all its glory, and we will’t wait to get our grubby mitts on it when it releases – alongside the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10, 2020.
So what thrilling additions can we sit up for from Microsoft’s new controller? Well, it’s designed round accessibility first and foremost. With a barely smaller total footprint together with some high quality of life enhancements, the controller ought to really feel acquainted within the hand but subtly completely different.
Popularized by Microsoft’s many restricted version Xbox One controllers, the Series X pad will embrace a tactile texture on each the triggers, grips and bumpers, which have been rounded and contracted. The beforehand shiny accents of the unique are additionally gone in favor of a matte end that intently matches the console’s design.
Microsoft has clearly stayed fairly near the design of the Xbox One controller, although – in contrast to Sony, which unveiled fairly a drastic visible departure for its next-gen PS5 controller, named the DualSense (quite than the DualShock moniker of earlier controller generations).
While neither firm can up-end the normal button and set off structure an excessive amount of, it is clear that gamers can count on a step as much as match the beefed-up consoles coming later this yr – even when we’d not know the precise purposes till testing out these controllers ourselves.
For every little thing we all know for positive concerning the Xbox Series X controller, although, learn on beneath.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox controller
- When is it out there? November 10, 2020
- How a lot will it price? TBC
Xbox Series X controller release date
The Xbox Series X controller will release alongside the Xbox Series X on November 10, 2020. The Xbox Series S, Microsoft’s extra reasonably priced next-gen Xbox, will even get the identical controller, however in an all-white shade scheme.
Xbox Series X controller worth
A worth for the Xbox Series X controller has not been confirmed, . However, with the Xbox One controller retailing for £40/$50/AU$80, it’s possible that the brand new controller might be a contact costlier – most likely round £60/$70/AU$120.
Of course, that is solely a speculative guess based mostly on the earlier pricing technique for Microsoft’s controllers. We’re anticipating Microsoft to substantiate a worth for the Xbox Series X controller quickly.
Xbox Series X controller confirmed features
New D-pad and share button
Visually, there are fairly a couple of modifications that stand out. A protracted-awaited share button has been added to the middle of the controller, letting players seize their favorite screenshot or clip a brief video with ease. The D-pad has additionally undergone a noticeable transformation, combining the advantages of each a conventional cardinal D-pad with the disc pad discovered on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. The aim is to provide players the very best of each worlds.
Microsoft has promised that every one your present Xbox One equipment will work on Xbox Series X. That means all these controllers you’ve collected within the final 5 years will carry throughout, which is a large reduction. The not too long ago launched Xbox Adaptive Controller and Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will even work completely, too.
With Project xCloud coming to Xbox Game Pass in September, extra players might be connecting their controllers to a telephone or Windows 10 PC. Microsoft has taken steps to make sure that switching and pairing between gadgets is extra seamless than ever and has included Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) to make the controller extra environment friendly.
Though latency isn’t one thing you possibly can all the time see, it’s one thing you possibly can positively really feel. With aggressive video games rising more and more well-liked, Microsoft has made important strides in reducing latency by transforming how the Xbox controller sends data throughout the system pipeline.
Data is now transmitted simply earlier than a sport asks for it, retaining the controller in sync with the sport for each analog and digital inputs and stopping any unexpected latency spikes.
Further enhancements have been made to the efficiency of the prevailing radio design utilized by Xbox One equipment as we speak so video games obtain inputs sooner and can entry them faster, with out impacting efficiency.