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Analysis Hardware The Evolution of the Xbox Controller


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman
Dec 1, 2014

For nearly twenty years, Microsoft's Xbox has been a constant force in gaming, nestled alongside Sony's PlayStation as one of the most popular gaming brands. With the coming shift that the upcoming Xbox Series X will bring, fans have been clamoring for more details on what's to come with next-gen. While the console itself features some impressive features, the one thing that players are especially excited to see more of, and to get their hands on, is the controller itself. The many controllers throughout Xbox's history have placed themselves among the pantheon of gaming's most iconic devices, and the Xbox Series X's controller looks to continue on a tradition of having an accessible and engaging peripheral to get a grip on.

With this in mind, we wanted to take a look at the history of the Xbox's key controllers and upgrades. Many of these controllers would possess features and innovations that would go on to become trailblazers for more exciting and accessible ways to play for the audience. In this video, video producer Jay Julio takes us back to the beginning with the Xbox's original controller--often known as The Duke--and explains how each device paved the way for what came next.


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Cool little video. The Elite is my favourite controller of all time. Hands down, easy. I really need to upgrade to version 2.

The adaptive controller is a wonderful piece of hardware as well. Can't give anything but praise to it's designers.

Infamy v1

May 13, 2020
It's crazy that Microsoft has had the most popular controller ever since the Xbox 360 days while also adding the Elite controller and Adaptive controller to their line-up. It makes sense that they're not completely revising their current controller for next gen given these circumstances and really shows why Sony finally had to make a similar controller or be left behind yet again.

Kudos to their hardware engineers.