Microsoft offers more info on Xbox One controller

The controller Microsoft designed for the Xbox 360 is considered by many to be the best one ever made for any game console. So obviously the team that was tasked to design the controller for the upcoming Xbox One had some very high expectations to reach.

In the end, the basic design for the Xbox One controller has not changed that much from the Xbox 360 version, at least on the surface. However, in a new post on the Xbox Wire website, Microsoft says that the Xbox One controller team actually made "more than 40 technology innovations that make it more immersive, precise and comfortable."

One of the changes involves putting in four vibration motors. There's a small one inside each of the the controller's triggers to give people more precise feedback when playing games. There is also a larger motor in each grip for bigger in-game rumble effects. The thumbsticks have been revamped so gamers use 25 percent less pressure to actually move the sticks, again for more precise in-game actions. The D-pad, perhaps one of the biggest issues of the Xbox 360 controller, has a new design for the Xbox One version that should offer improvements for mobility as well.

The A, B, X and Y buttons on the right side of the controller are now lower to the controller case and are also closer to each other compared to the Xbox 360 version. The headset audio features have also been updated. Microsoft claims that there have been some improvements made for the controller's wireless hardware. It states:

Each controller uses a combination of invisible reflective technology and LEDs to send a patterned infrared signal to your console and Kinect sensor. Not only does this make pairing the devices seamless, but it enables Kinect to associate the controller with whoever is holding it.

Microsoft says that the controller will enter into a lower power state when not in use, which should conserve its battery life in wireless mode.

The Xbox 360 controller was very comfortable to hold, even for hours at a time. Microsoft claims the Xbox One is even more comfortable, stating that it "was tested extensively by a broader age group than ever before to ensure it is optimized for as many people as possible."

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infrared tech means that the controller needs a direct line of site to the console. Isn't this a step-backwards from the 360?

From what I get out of this, pairing and seeing who is holding which controller is done with line of sight, but the rest is still RF

greensabath said,
infrared tech means that the controller needs a direct line of site to the console. Isn't this a step-backwards from the 360?

I think its stating the infrared is used for pairing, and I am guessing that its "pairing only". If that is the case, I dont see an issue with that. Why would you try to pair a controller to a console you cant see?

MikeInBA said,

I think its stating the infrared is used for pairing, pand I am guessing that its "pairing only". If that is the case, I dont see an issue with that. Why would you try to pair a controller to a console you cant see?

Cupboards.

Not only that, but if you wanted to pair your controller today, you'd have to open up any cabinet that the Xbox was in anyway, as you need to press a button on the console itself to perform the pairing

I don't like the XYAB buttons. I think they could have done a better design of them, but I do like it overall.

I also hope like Stetson said and how it to work with the PC too out of the box. I hated having to buy a ****ty 3rd party one with a cord.

You could just buy a receiver for $5, you know... Of course using P&C kit for wired mode would be much more preferable, but you don't need to buy a second controller just for PC

I'm not sure if I missed it, but does the One support bluetooth headsets? I'm not familiar with the technology but was not a fan of the official wireless headsets for the 360.

Stetson said,
I hope they release a wireless receiver to use it with a PC.
As it says in the blog post, the controller is now both wireless and wired, i. e. it transmits data through USB now. Xbox 360 controller used radio only, that's why it needed a receiver in the first place.

They said that it works via WiFi Direct. Surface, for example , supports it too. So question must be about software.

mychaelo said,
As it says in the blog post, the controller is now both wireless and wired, i. e. it transmits data through USB now. Xbox 360 controller used radio only, that's why it needed a receiver in the first place.

But I would rather use it wirelessly with my PC.

anonymf said,
They said that it works via WiFi Direct. Surface, for example , supports it too. So question must be about software.

Being able to use it without an adapter on devices that support WiFi Direct would be nice, but a dongle to provide guaranteed support would probably make sense.