Late last year, third-party accessories manufacturer, Hyperkin, announced its plans to produce a functional replica of the original Xbox "Duke" controller designed for Xbox One and Windows 10. In the months since, preorders for the device have gone live in the U.S. and Canada, ahead of its debut slated for next month.
While a rollout to further regions is yet to be formally announced, a listing for the Duke Xbox One controller has now surfaced on Amazon UK. Preorders are currently priced at £69.99 for those across the pond, with a release set for May 8, 2018. Although considerably steeper than the $69.99 U.S. price tag and a month later than the expected April 1 U.S. debut, this is still a great opportunity for those eying up the device.
Hyperkin originally billed the controller as a "faithful recreation of the original controller's form-factor," featuring its iconic cumbersome design and original Xbox-era design. The highlight of the controller is its new integrated OLED screen, which displays the original Xbox boot animation. Various upgrades have also been made to better suit the design for the current generation, including left and right bumpers, "Menu" and "View" buttons, as well as impulse trigger support. Other improvements include a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 9-foot detachable cable.
The Duke may have been comically large for its time but today finds itself as a source of nostalgia for gamers of the era. And with original Xbox backward compatibility now available on Xbox One, there's no better time to pick up the controller yourself.
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