On Monday, Microsoft revealed an entire bunch of recent particulars on its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X — full specs, tech demos, and particulars on the brand new wi-fi controller.
The console is predicted to be launched in vacation 2020, and with it, gamers will get a brand new controller, which is alleged to be improved upon the Xbox One controller “in smart, revolutionary ways.” Microsoft outlined the controller’s details in an interview with Xbox senior designer Ryan Whitaker.
Whitaker stated the Xbox staff designed the brand new controller with inclusivity in thoughts: “improved ergonomics for a wider range of people, better cross-device connectivity, easier sharing, and reduced latency.”
The new controller ought to match extra hand sizes — “especially smaller hands,” Whitaker stated. Bumpers have been rounded, triggers lowered, and grips sculpted for higher accessibility. The new D-pad, too, is designed with the intent to spice up “performance and accessibility,” in accordance with the designer.
“When looking at the wide range of game genres and personal playstyles today, the D-pad is used in a lot of different ways,” Whitaker stated. “The slightly deeper dish gives your thumb a nice little ‘home’ to sit in. The angles are finely tuned to give you a good amount of leverage with minimal movement.”
Likewise, the brand new controller will work with the Xbox One, too — but additionally with PC, Android, and iOS. It’ll “remember” gadgets to make switching between simpler, Microsoft stated. A USB-C port is obtainable for charging and taking part in.
Microsoft additionally shared extra details about the brand new controller’s share button — introduced in December — which is positioned proper under the large ol’ Xbox button. It’ll be used to take screenshots and document video with out opening up menus. “Then you can easily access and share content with your social platforms or directly with friends,” Whitaker stated.
The Xbox Series X — and its controller — is slated a vacation 2020 launch date.