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Microsoft tears apart the new Xbox One controller, lets you look inside

Major Nelson

Every day that passes brings us closer to getting our hands on the Xbox One (it’s coming sometime in November). So if we look at our calendar we are about two and a half months away from getting it. That’s awesome and we can’t wait. In the meantime, we’ll have to satiate our need for new hardware in videos like this from Larry Hryb at Microsoft.

Ever wondered what the inside of the new controller look like? Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson from Xbox Live, discussed the Xbox One controller with Zulfi Alam. Zulfi is the general manager of the Xbox’s accessory business and had a lot to share about the upcoming controller. Some of the stuff we’ve heard in snippets at past events like the Xbox One unveil in May or during the press event at E3. But it’s great to have it all in one video.

Last week we shared with you guys and gals an unboxing of the Xbox One that briefly highlighted each accessory you’ll get. This new video goes into greater detail on the controller. Watch the video below.

Pretty neat right? It’s interesting that the Xbox One controller has around 40 different improvements over the Xbox 360 one – which many in the gaming community already considered perfect. How did Microsoft improve it? Small things all adding together to make a big difference.

On the current Xbox 360 controller you have the battery pack extruding from the back and small screws exposed. The new Xbox One controller integrates the battery pack and has an overall screwless design. Both of those improvements add up to make a controller that is more comfortable when gaming for long durations. To get to the final Xbox One controller the team built and tested hundreds of devices and went through hundreds of user studies. The data obtained from extensive testing allowed them to improve upon the already solid foundation built by the Xbox 360 controller.

Inside the Xbox One controller

Most people who used the Xbox 360 controller could agree the D-pad was the one weakness. Thankfully Microsoft improved on this part of the controller a lot for the Xbox One. On the Xbox One controller the D-pad will sit slightly higher, use a Kings cross design, and physically sits closer to the motherboard. All this adds up to result in reduced travel time when using it making your actions register faster.

The team also improved the triggers in the new controller by adding rumble feedback. Your current controllers on the Xbox 360 already vibrate during certain moments in video games, but now Microsoft has made it so that it changes the way you perceive gaming. Those rumble packs have been shrunk and added into the triggers. Now it’s up to game developers to get creative and add them into games. One example presented by Microsoft involved gameplay during a shooter. When you shoot a sniper rifle you might get a small, quick haptic feedback in the triggers. However, use something like a rocket launcher and the triggers might shake a little more violently and last longer.

Other things added to the Xbox One controller includes micro USB, a redefined wireless protocol, infrared LEDs, and more. You’ll definitely want to watch the video to learn about it.

Source: YouTube

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Microsoft tears apart the new Xbox One controller, lets you look inside

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Which is cool. I hope this is another fight between the two companies... I don't feel we consumers win when its a blowout either way. I'll never trust a company to do its best without competition.

It's this attention to detail that makes me love the "new Microsoft"
You can feel it on the Microsoft Surface (I love mine)
Outlook.COM. Wave 15 of Office 365. Windows Phone.
I just wish Skype would catch up ;)   Love the new controller. Sony won't go to these depths to ensure the hardcore gamer is satisfied despite the raging fanboys of PS trying to convince you otherwise.
They forgot to mention the instant wake from sleep. No more waiting for the pad to fire up and reconnect. Flick a stick and BOOM back in the room. Awesome times for Xbox fans, Autumn (thats Fall for you yankies ;) ) can't come soon enough!

Over 2.5 years and over $100 million in research and development went into this controller. It's a top-of-the-line gamepad. No way Sony's little dual shock controller can compete with this.

I haven't seen any hard data, but anecdotally I've read and re-read that the X1 controller is highly preferred over the PS4 controller hands down.

Indeed, there has been a lot of positives about dual shock 4, but much of the praise is riding on the back of Sony's PR win at E3. When the dust settles and exclusives and consoles are in our hands people will realise the huge difference between these controllers.

If the XBO pad works w/PC and 360 via USB or driver update? I'll buy them asap. One set of pads for all my gaming would rock :)

I've read multiple times that the controller will work with PC's via USB, but I haven't heard a thing about using it on the 360 (yet).

Itd be nice. If someone has $60-240 worth of XBO pads to use with their PC (yay local multiplayer) or 360, they'd be more likely to get an XBO, I think. After all, not everyone will get the system at launch pricing, so it's be a forward looking bet.

Very cool that the Xbox One controller can be your PC controller now, no dongle or hard wired version needed.

This controller looks exquisite, the thing that impressed me the most is the 5.1 audio it can output. No more headphone cables going out into my media centre so people can trip over it. MS has Sony beat in the controller department yet again. Dualshock 4 looks superb but i feel MS has the clear winner yet again. HD audio output. Check. Impulse triggers. Check. Improved D Pad. Check.

Surprised WPC hasn't reported that MS has reversed the Kinect requirements for the Xbox One. Unless I totally missed that article, lol

The Xbox ONE is a complete PR disaster for MS. The Vista of game consoles, even worse than with Win8.

What do you guys think of this, nfc chips in the controller and on the consul to activate smart glass and Bluetooth headsets such as Nokia monster purity pro wireless( this specific device can connect to more than 1 device ,so you are still able to take a call by pressing a button). Then wireless charging for the controller and for your headset on top of the consul think nokia wireless charger. Their i said my peace