The Xbox Series X controller is a bit primitive. From countless unboxing videos to general comments on the notebook itself, you can forgive that Microsoft’s controller has not changed at all.
But it is true, and the improvements made are worth celebrating, especially because they will fundamentally enable more people to play games.
Although it may not be as technically impressive as the PS5 DualSense controller, which can provide a transformative experience in games such as Astro’s Playroom, Microsoft already has an excellent performance when creating its next controller. basis.
This in itself creates a series of questions of its own: How do you improve what many people consider to be one of the best controllers of all time? Too many tinkers are bound to have a strong response. Don̵
Microsoft’s senior designer Ryan Whitaker eloquently summarized this challenge in a Medium blog post: “Gamers are always looking for the fastest and most powerful console, but they have What? You better not make changes without a good reason.” Senior designer Ryan Whitaker said with a smile.
So, how do they change it? Well, obviously all of these are down to millimeters and a few degrees.
Compared with the Xbox One keyboard, the Xbox Series X controller or the now-known Xbox wireless controller looks smaller. This is not to say that its size is very different in any respect-the weight of the mat itself is the same as that of previous generations-but there is an immediate sense of familiarity in the hands and a keen sense of things that have changed.
Regarding the new Xbox wireless controller, what impressed me most is that the trigger is now smaller, stronger, and covered with pleasant tactile bumps that provide extra grip. The same is true for the shoulder bumper, although as far as I know, it looks the same in overall size, but has a new matte finish, which is much more expensive than the light front products used on the Xbox One controller.
The controller’s handle is also covered with rougher plastic than you would expect, which ultimately helps prevent the game board from slipping when things get busy or even sweaty. This is a welcome change, especially for people with stiff palms, who sweat during long games.
Click, click, boom
The good news is that, as you might expect, the face buttons and analog joystick have not changed, but the next notable feature is have The correct highlight is the brand new D-pad.
Xbox does not have the best record for designing a functional steering wheel, but honestly, it is the best record so far. Of course, that still won’t prevent its split.
I find that my thumb is often attracted by the new circular D-pad, which can be placed comfortably in it due to the new concave design. Every time you press the button, what you type is also reassuring-unlike the shame of the Xbox 360’s mushy, floating D-pad-but it comes with a compromise.
The annoying loud clicks cancel out the satisfying touch of each press. It immediately attracted attention, and I firmly believe that this is the loudest D-pad I have ever used. In any case, this is not a deal-breaking thing (the clicking sound of the mechanical keyboard has been through me for many years and has produced a soothing background noise for me), but it is still a shock.
Of course, the last new feature of the Xbox Series X controller is the share button. Thanks to its success on PS4 and Nintendo’s adoption, this is definitely not an exciting thing, and obviously a change that can be expected, but it is an obvious superficial change, and it has better features than anything else. . You no longer need to double-click the wizard button and press’X’ or’Y’ to capture the best game moments, and for some situations, this will be enough reason to use the new keyboard on the old keyboard.
All in my hands
So is the Xbox Series X controller the same? Obviously not.In fact, the decision Microsoft made led to how many people actually play.
The previous generation of Xbox One controllers aimed at the 5th to 95th percentile of palm size, while the new Xbox wireless controller can now be expanded to the 3rd percentile. There is no doubt that this is an impressive achievement and it represents thousands of people around the world. With the Xbox Game Pass now available on Android, and the Xbox controller is usually the wireless device of choice, it will only have a positive impact in the long run.
The end result of these painstaking design decisions is a controller that is well suited to inherit the outstanding reputation of Xbox One, but its changes largely go unnoticed. Maybe this is what Microsoft wants…but no matter how small the size, great design is always worthy of recognition.