Microsoft: Price for Xbox One controller has yet to be set

Microsoft is letting people pre-order the Xbox One console for $499.99 from Amazon.com and several other retailers, but what about the price for its stand alone controller? Amazon.com is also taking pre-orders for that product, but Microsoft won't confirm the price that Amazon has set for the controller.

The listing on Amazon's site says it will cost $59.99 to pre-order an Xbox One controller. However, in a statement to Gamespot, Microsoft says:

Many times we see retailers post speculative prices on products before they're announced. We have not announced pricing for the Xbox One controller, but look forward to sharing more details in the comings months.

If the price of the Xbox One controller is indeed $59.99, it would be the same as Sony's DualShock 4 controllers for the upcoming PlayStation 4 console.

While the shape and design of the Xbox One gamepad is about the same as the current Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft says it has made a number of major changes inside the device in terms of hardware. Microsoft also claims that they have tested the controller extensively and says that it is designed to last 10 years or more with continuous use.

Source: GameSpot | Image via Microsoft

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Does it really matter? I'm sure everyone has a general idea of what it will cost.
Most likely the same as the 360 controller, give or take 5 or 10 bucks. Either way, what's the diff.
Even if it was 100 bucks, I'd still buy one.
I'm more curious about a remote control if anything.

I hope it's not $60. Only way the DualShock 4 gets away with it is because it comes with the battery built in, not a $20 extra.

$60, with additional money for a play and charge kit is my guess. Doesnt matter much, I won't be needing one as I am boycotting the Xbone and all of it's DRM.

Spicoli said,
You better break out the deck of cards because you won't be playing any video of any kind as they all have DRM.

Difference is, other consoles arent worthless when they are internetless for over a day.
Many people have no stable internet connections, even europe and the US has area's where its quite common that the internet is out for longer periods of time.
And outside the western world its even worse.
Lets also not forget the people that take consoles with them on holidays or as the other article, along with military.
And even though i'm on broadband in a medium dense city in the netherlands, and it still happens on average once or twice a year that the internet dies for a few hours or a day. And let that happen be the times a console is a welcome device to waste some time on. Oh wait, it was just about to do the 24hr check and now its just a dvd player... yippee.
I dont care much for the other DRM and will base my judgement towards publishers on that. But the 24hour check in is ridiculous.
Games could be sold easily already, this didnt need any change.

John Nemesh said,
$60, with additional money for a play and charge kit is my guess. Doesnt matter much, I won't be needing one as I am boycotting the Xbone and all of it's DRM.

Xbone is really the worst abreviation I've read in a LONG time.

auziez said,
should cost less then ps4 cont. Has no screen! CMON MAN.

The PS4 controller doesnt have a screen, either. The Wii U has a screen. Or you may be referring to the PS4's ability to use the Vita as a controller.

The PS4 controller DOES have a new touchpad on it though,...

John Nemesh said,

The PS4 controller doesnt have a screen, either. The Wii U has a screen. Or you may be referring to the PS4's ability to use the Vita as a controller.

The PS4 controller DOES have a new touchpad on it though,...

touchpad, touchscreen - im really unsure if your trying to draw such a line between the two. But, I will admit im rather foggy on what exactly it's for on the ps4's controller.

There seems to be an awful lot they don't know about this console... The people running their XBox team presently are abysmal... I can't recall the last time I saw such a confused bunch of people in the same place!

M_Lyons10 said,
There seems to be an awful lot they don't know about this console... The people running their XBox team presently are abysmal... I can't recall the last time I saw such a confused bunch of people in the same place!

Like a mixed orgy in a pitch-black room.

Major Nelson did some big fuzz about a special erdesigned version of the 360 controller with a "transforming d-pad". I don't see that feature in the Xbox one controller. So... what happened?

pmdci said,
Major Nelson did some big fuzz about a special erdesigned version of the 360 controller with a "transforming d-pad". I don't see that feature in the Xbox one controller. So... what happened?

That did come out for the 360 IIRC...

I think the point he's making is that if that transforming D pad was supposed to be an improved variant, why wasn't that feature built into the X1 pad from the start?

TCLN Ryster said,
I think the point he's making is that if that transforming D pad was supposed to be an improved variant, why wasn't that feature built into the X1 pad from the start?

Yes, thank you

deadonthefloor said,

Nintendo's patent on the D-Pad expired.
That's what happened, plain and simple.

That's good news. I kinda liked the special 360 controller idea, though.

Really? The Dpad on the 360 has been revisioned a few times as it has been lacklustre from the start. It was really the only downside compared to a PS controller which I hate cause it's too small. I am waiting for the wired pc version of this XB1 controller to play pc games with.

No controller should cost this much. Not the 360 or Xbox One controller, not the Dual Shock 3 or 4, not the Wiimote. The Wii U game pad is not even sold, but I guess they would get a pass because its basically some tablet

S7R1K3R said,
Really? The Dpad on the 360 has been revisioned a few times as it has been lacklustre from the start. It was really the only downside compared to a PS controller which I hate cause it's too small. I am waiting for the wired pc version of this XB1 controller to play pc games with.

You can use a micro usb cable to plug the controller into a pc. It will transfer data over usb now, unlike the 360 controller.

Why wouldn't they just come out and say how much it will be? They must know how much it costs to make, and it's not like the controller technology or hardware are going to change much, if at all, between now and the release date. So what's stopping them?

My thought is that they were going to give a price much higher than the DS4, but now, after the DS4 price has been revealed, they have to reevaluate their pricing and where they can make up the extra money they were going to charge.

spacer said,
Why wouldn't they just come out and say how much it will be? They must know how much it costs to make, and it's not like the controller technology or hardware are going to change much, if at all, between now and the release date. So what's stopping them?

My thought is that they were going to give a price much higher than the DS4, but now, after the DS4 price has been revealed, they have to reevaluate their pricing and where they can make up the extra money they were going to charge.

Why would it cost more than a DS4 when it's still the same controller with tweaks. I always expected the DS4 to cost more because of the touch pad on it. And really, $60 for a controller is overkill. Should be $40 tops in my opinion.

GP007 said,

Why would it cost more than a DS4 when it's still the same controller with tweaks. I always expected the DS4 to cost more because of the touch pad on it. And really, $60 for a controller is overkill. Should be $40 tops in my opinion.


This. They can charge $60 because they know they can get away with it. It really should be $40 but I certainly would not want to use any 3rd party controller so I would rather pay the extra to get the good stuff

GP007 said,
Why would it cost more than a DS4 when it's still the same controller with tweaks. I always expected the DS4 to cost more because of the touch pad on it.

Because the X1 controller has independent vibration/tension on the triggers for feedback? Dunno. I mostly agree that $60 is overkill. When they started talking about how the buttons are created in a 3 step plastic mold or whatever, I just thought, why...

Zagadka said,

Because the X1 controller has independent vibration/tension on the triggers for feedback? Dunno. I mostly agree that $60 is overkill. When they started talking about how the buttons are created in a 3 step plastic mold or whatever, I just thought, why...

To try to justify the price, maybe?

I agree it's expensive but as someone pointed out, nobody likes 3rd party controllers. It's a shame there isn't really more of a market for it for some really good quality controllers.

GP007 said,

Why would it cost more than a DS4 when it's still the same controller with tweaks. I always expected the DS4 to cost more because of the touch pad on it. And really, $60 for a controller is overkill. Should be $40 tops in my opinion.

Agreed on the $ 40 tops...

I wasn't saying it DOES cost more. It's just the only reason I can think of as to why Microsoft isn't giving us the retail price.

Why else would they wait to reveal the price for it? The production expense must be known at this point, so they should be able to give us a firm retail price for it.

spacer said,
I wasn't saying it DOES cost more. It's just the only reason I can think of as to why Microsoft isn't giving us the retail price.

Why else would they wait to reveal the price for it? The production expense must be known at this point, so they should be able to give us a firm retail price for it.

While I agree with you overall, i'm going to make a guess and say that maybe they're not sure about how many they'll have ready extra to go around? Volume of production also comes into play since it's cheaper to make more of something than less since you can buy bulk parts at reduced prices.

On the other hand now that we know what Sony is pricing theirs at, MS might as well just match it, or undercut by $10 for giggles.

GP007 said,

Why would it cost more than a DS4 when it's still the same controller with tweaks. I always expected the DS4 to cost more because of the touch pad on it. And really, $60 for a controller is overkill. Should be $40 tops in my opinion.

$60 DS4 has touchpad and built in rechargeable battery. XB1 controller doesn't have the pad and the rechargeable battery will be an add-on. With the rechargeable battery it will be $10-$20 more than the DualShock 4.

DS3: $55
X360 Controller: $50
X360 play and charge: $20
X360 Controller with rechargeable battery: $70
$15 more than DS3

They later came out with a bundle including the battery for $65, still $10 more than the DS3.

mrp04 said,

$60 DS4 has touchpad and built in rechargeable battery. XB1 controller doesn't have the pad and the rechargeable battery will be an add-on. With the rechargeable battery it will be $10-$20 more than the DualShock 4.

DS3: $55
X360 Controller: $50
X360 play and charge: $20
X360 Controller with rechargeable battery: $70
$15 more than DS3

They later came out with a bundle including the battery for $65, still $10 more than the DS3.

Right, if you want to buy the rechargable battery kit then sure, but I thought internal non-removable batteries were a bad thing by some of the comments I remember reading around here.

Zagadka said,

Because the X1 controller has independent vibration/tension on the triggers for feedback? Dunno. I mostly agree that $60 is overkill. When they started talking about how the buttons are created in a 3 step plastic mold or whatever, I just thought, why...

To make the whole thing look and feel premium?

Jarrichvdv said,

To make the whole thing look and feel premium?

To last longer to I'd say, someone posted that they're expected to last 10 years?