Rumor: Next Xbox to have touch-screen controller?

We have seen our share of Next Xbox/Xbox 720 rumors show up on the Internet in the past few months, including one that claimed the next version of Microsoft's game console will be six times as powerful as the current Xbox 360. Today, there's yet another Next Xbox rumor but this time its not about the console itself but it's controller.

Computer and Video Games reports that according to the newest issue of the UK print magazine Xbox World, the controller for the Xbox 360 successor will have some type of touch screen. The story claims that the design of the controller will look like "an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks."

The story also claims that the touch screen will change its user interface depending on if it's used to play a game, or act as a remote control for the television or even to surf the Internet.

Quite frankly, this rumor sounds a bit far fetched, especially as Microsoft has been pushing hard on making its Kinect motion gesture and voice activated technology the controller of the future. There's also the fact that the Xbox 360 controller has been called by many the best game console controller ever made.

Still if Microsoft can come up with some interesting ways for a touch screen to work with a controller without making it as bulky looking as Nintendo's Wii U controller it might be worth looking into.

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For those dissing a touchscreen controller. The one thing that could be cool about it is for seeing things on a diffeent screen that would block things in the game play. Like map screens or screens where you can choose alternate weapons. If this was on its own screen then I can make changes in the middle of gameplay without pausing the game and unpausing and dying. Or have to configure so many buttons I may forget what button does what. This is especially true of many driving games.

i think if they do go the way of a screen on the controller, do it like the dreamcast did, but not with a removable screen, a mounted screen that shows stats and what not.

I just want them to fix nice controls for FPS games. They should really try solving that problem. There are games like RTS that are not even considered for console (and thoose that were play awful) and also FPS games are limited because of the controller. I just hope they improve this a lot and let go of the thumbstick to do something different that work a lot better in these games that need fast precision controls.

Other than that I think the current Xbox controller is really nice!

Pettor said,
I just hope they improve this a lot and let go of the thumbstick to do something different that work a lot better in these games that need fast precision controls.

Maybe allow an actual keyboard and mouse for games?

I'm getting sick and tired of PC games being dumb'd down so they are console friendly. Even now to the point of having aim assist?!
Bring back the days of Quake where a keyboard and mouse were a must. Maybe the xbox would even get a proper RPG such as world of warcraft ported over - thats dumb'd down enough these days too for the most part.

sagum said,

Maybe allow an actual keyboard and mouse for games?

I'm getting sick and tired of PC games being dumb'd down so they are console friendly. Even now to the point of having aim assist?!
Bring back the days of Quake where a keyboard and mouse were a must. Maybe the xbox would even get a proper RPG such as world of warcraft ported over - thats dumb'd down enough these days too for the most part.

Mouse and keyboard is my prefered choice as well. At the same time I understand why this doesn't work as good for consoles as for PC, it's simply more suitable to have a gamepad for a console. And making the keyboard / mouse a choice is not good either. Then the games would be unfair because of the different controllers.

I can't see any easy solution to this, but I really miss the games like Quake, UT etc. that simply doesn't have an audience on consoles because the games doesn't work there.

And as you say, aim assist!??! The games even know the controller sucks for thoose type of games.

I saw this last week, you can plug your Windows Phone 8 into the remote to control certain functions of games, stream music and video to your TV, sync game achievements etc.

Gungel said,
I saw this last week, you can plug your Windows Phone 8 into the remote to control certain functions of games, stream music and video to your TV, sync game achievements etc.

I've got a windows phone 7 and I don't even need to plug it into anything to stream music, video to my tv or any other DLNA device (PC, xbox etc) and certainly don't need to for the achivements.

What did you actually see?

touchscreen control pads... hmmm, no thanks. one of the biggest issues I have with touchscrees is lack of tactile feedback when trying to play a game. Not only that but no doubt there will be something you have to also look at, and thumbs cover up the touch screen we're supposed to play on. Thats after consoles already favor a joypad over keyboard and mouse for fps games, or limit the FOV to 90 or as some newer games seem to think is ok 75!

touchscreen gamepads at least for game controls would have to cause me to hang up my gaming coat. Consoles have already destroyed quality games on the PC, made games too noob friendly and now touchscreens are set to destroy what little street cred the console gamers have.

But yeah... can't imagin anything other then capacitive buttons for things like the back, start etc... but even that is going to annoy the heck out of people. Imagin you're bashing away at the joypad, goto hit that X button for the finalmove, your thumb goes down a little too far to the left and pop, start button touched with no tactile feed back to say you got too close to it.

/rant

I'm with the 4th paragraph of the article. It's a rumor that does not compute being that their current gaming model is no controller/you are the controller. I have yet to use a touch screen remote that works well though so maybe they are hitting on a niche market.

Patrick Danielson said,
I love the Xbox controller! Please don't! Maybe and extra button or something...

360 controller is easily the best controller ever. Period.

GREAT work there, Microsoft!

GS:mac

Steven Hutchison said,
The xbox controller design is beat/old and in dire need of a re-design. Keep your 360 if you don't want technology to evolve.
My hands haven't been redesigned, and since the controller is fine I don't see why it should be.

Patrick Danielson said,
I love the Xbox controller! Please don't! Maybe and extra button or something...

Some sort of touch screen controller is needed - but not in the way the Wii U controller has been developed, that one is just way too big. There are games that displaying everything on screen. Card games (such as Uno) cannot be played with two users watching the same screen because they will see your cards. Or with Madden, people can see your plays while flipping through pages, and while they do not know the exact play, they can get an idea of what you are doing.

What they need is to keep the same controller they have, but rather than the keyboard attachment create a video screen attachment. It is small but still big enough to use, lightweight, can be removed and easily reattached for those games that will use it, and still has the same controller for traditional games.

Glassed Silver said,

360 controller is easily the best controller ever. Period.

GREAT work there, Microsoft!

GS:mac


CouldnĀ“t say it better

nohone said,

Some sort of touch screen controller is needed - but not in the way the Wii U controller has been developed, that one is just way too big. There are games that displaying everything on screen. Card games (such as Uno) cannot be played with two users watching the same screen because they will see your cards. Or with Madden, people can see your plays while flipping through pages, and while they do not know the exact play, they can get an idea of what you are doing.

What they need is to keep the same controller they have, but rather than the keyboard attachment create a video screen attachment. It is small but still big enough to use, lightweight, can be removed and easily reattached for those games that will use it, and still has the same controller for traditional games.


An excellent suggestion.
Please let MS hire you!

Before they pull a Wii U...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

360 controller is easily the best controller ever. Period.

GREAT work there, Microsoft!

GS:mac


Only the transformer.
D-Pad on original 360 sucks.
D-Pad on PS3 sucks.

The D-Pad patented by Nintendo is the best d-pad ever. The transformer was Microsoft's innovative engineering to offer the same precision without any patent infringement.

dotf said,

Only the transformer.
D-Pad on original 360 sucks.
D-Pad on PS3 sucks.

The D-Pad patented by Nintendo is the best d-pad ever. The transformer was Microsoft's innovative engineering to offer the same precision without any patent infringement.

I agree, the d-pad is sh*t, but it's still the best controller ever made.

Make the transformer the new standard pad then. Pretty easy...

GS:mac

Buio said,
XBox U?

For far-fetched rumors, this one is on the far end of the scale.

I dislike the idea of having a dedicated touchscreen on every controller... i dont see the advantage of doing so, and id much rather pay attention to the tv than the smaller one on my controller. That is why i hate the Wii U currently.

However, if it was a touchscreen controller... like the one we have currently that looks like an ordinary tv remote. Im all in. It would be a good replacement - look at the wp7 xbox companion, works like a charm.

auziez said,

I dislike the idea of having a dedicated touchscreen on every controller...

Im talking about a gaming controller vs a media controller

Arceles said,
I would but on a PS3 controller, I really like the hat buttons of that one.
I love my PS controller. I hope they don't change it too much with the PS4.

Xero said,
I love my PS controller. I hope they don't change it too much with the PS4.

So far they've been very good about sticking to the old saying, "If it aint broke don't fix it." The PS controller has changed very little since dualshock was added on the Playstation 1. Hopefully they continue that trend.

Alladaskill17 said,
Praying just a rumor would not be a fan of this.
How would you know if you've never tried it?

What may sound bad, may be good if implemented properly.