Microsoft unveils new Xbox One controller, sports over 40 design innovations
Microsoft has today announced the new Xbox One, but what would the Xbox 360 successor be without a controller? Fear not as the company has this well and truly covered. Reportedly sporting over 40 design innovations, Microsoft has improved the controller in many ways to further enhance the gameplay for gamers. Check out the new look.
It's easy to notice the thumb-sticks featuring deeper grooves and textured rims, which will be welcomed by many. This is just an example of what's on offer here. We'll look forward to see more information on exactly what's included in the new appealing design, as well as some hands-on action in the future. For now, we'll have to continue drooling at these images from the presentation.
Be sure to keep on top of the headlines with our Xbox One coverage. How do you like the look of the new Xbox controller? Sound off in the comments.
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So what is left are the exclusives. I prefer to play my favorite exclusives over other exclusives even if the other exclusives look slightly better. So it all comes down to the exclusive games itself and not the way they look. And at this point neither console had game changing exclusives. Its also hard to judge a console's exclusives on its launch line up. The best PS3 and X360 exclusives were unknown to us upon their release.
So really there isn't much to judge except the services they're putting on these devices. I for one am happy Microsoft is using the strength of its console to provide other services. It always appeared strange to me that you have such powerful consoles yet you need cheap recorders and other devices for the most mundane entertainment services. So I'm happy they will all be integrated in one product.
Naturally Microsoft should not forsake upon the games. They are stil the core of the product. But I think we can have a better idea of what is to come at E3. Although as I said its stil too early because the really good exclusives will come later in the generation. So what I'll be doing is waiting until one of the two consoles have as must have exclusive. Probably 2014 or 2015.
EDIT: Well it turns out I was completely wrong. The controllers are going to be using Wi-Fi Direct, which allows for it to be connected to more devices. You can read about it here, but Wi-Fi direct should replace Bluetooth as the standard device-to-device connection. Not only that, but Windows 8.1 will natively support this new feature. Not to mention, only one device has to have Wi-Fi direct in order for it to connect to another. So +1 for Microsoft! (I found this information out from Robert Carpenter over in the Xbox One forums)
in·no·vate (n-vt) v. in·no·vat·ed, in·no·vat·ing, in·no·vates v.tr. To begin or introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time. there is no innovation in this controller. It does all of the same things it did before, except the physical design has changed. The guts have been improved or changed, but there is absolutely nothing "new" in this controller and its not the "first time" we've seen any of this. It looks amazing and I really want one, but its not innovative. I'd call the Kinect in its original form closer to the definition of innovative than I would this controller. It's an evolution.
[in-uh-vey-shuhn] noun 1. something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum. 2. the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods. Second, innovations do not need to be something completely new, it can be new methods of doing previous things. Doing the same as before, but in a different or new way is indeed an innovation. The 'guts' being improved or changed as you said are considered innovations. They are using new and different methods of doing what they were doing before.
They also have not released everything that has changed, you are simply commenting on what you can see. Using WiFi direct instead of propreitary wireless as before is an innovation. If they did indeed put a headphone jack that can do 5.1 in the controller then that also is an innovation.