Original Xbox controllers might come back for Halo Fest

Fans of Microsoft's original Xbox game console might also remember the massive original Xbox controller that came with the console back in the fall of 2001. The device, also known as the "Duke" controller, wasn't the best designed in the world and Microsoft soon ditched it for a smaller "S" controller that was much more comfortable to hold. Yet a lot of players played their first Halo game with the original Xbox controller and now its possible that they will come back for a one time only appearance.

Giant Bomb reports that Microsoft's 343 Industries (the team now in charge of the Halo franchise) is "talking with several folks known for taking forgotten devices and shoving them into formats never intended." That translates into Microsoft looking into modifying the original Xbox controller to work on an Xbox 360 console. Microsoft hopes to let players use the controller to play the upcoming Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary remake at Halo Fest this August in Seattle.

If you thought that Microsoft might sell these controllers to the general public after Halo Fest, you are correct ... sort of. According to the story the controllers will be put into storage when Halo Fest is completed and then sold to the highest bidder during the annual auction to benefit the Child's Play charity. It's odd that the controller now has a fan base. It certainly didn't back in 2001. Game Informer magazine called the design of the controller the Blunder of the Year in the game industry.

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One of the worst controller i've ever used.

Size was ok but buttons position was awful. Specially the white and black buttons. The NHL hockey games was unplayable with this controller. Worst D-pad ever too.

God bless the controller S (though the d-pad still sucked).

I found these much more comfortable than the newer ones. And I don't have ape-like hands. But my first console was the Atari Jaguar...

protocol7 said,
I found these much more comfortable than the newer ones. And I don't have ape-like hands. But my first console was the Atari Jaguar...

Oh god.. The Jag controllers were huge. I still have my Jag in a box somewhere. As for the controllers, never used the fattys yet, only got the slims..

In all honestly, I enjoyed the original controllers far more. When our house was robbed, we picked up a second xbox and the "s" controllers weren't cutting it, so we bought wireless controllers which were nearly the size of the original controllers.

netizen said,
It was the uncomfortable domed buttons that made this controller a lemon, not the size.

+1

Size was ok. Buttons position was awful. Specially the white and black buttons. The NHL hokcey games was unplayable with this controller.

Enron said,
I think this controller was designed for big ape men with gorilla hands, like Steve Ballmer.

Well, you know what they say about having big hands.

Needless to say I preferred the original "giant" controller.

/ha!

Stup0t said,
You lot must have small lady boy hands, the controller was fine
+1 I find the new controller to small, my hands hurt after a few hours and I have to stretch them out.

If only they were making more than a few... I would totally be all over this.

It's so comfortable and uncramped!