Rumor: Next Xbox's controller not much different than Xbox 360 version

There's been a ton of different rumors about the next Xbox console, even though Microsoft is officially staying quiet about its plans for the successor to the Xbox 360. But what about the official controller for the next Xbox? It will certainly be tough to beat the current Xbox 360 gamepad, which in many people's opinion is the best game console controller ever made.

A new report on Kotaku states, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft started providing versions of the next Xbox's controller to developers who are making games for the console in March. The report claims that the actual design does not differ greatly from the current Xbox 360 game controller. All of the buttons, triggers and the D-pad on the Xbox 360 controller are available, and are in the same places, on the new gamepad, according to the report.

It does say that the next Xbox controller is slightly smaller than the current Xbox 360 gamepad but still has the same basic shape. The controller reportedly has no new buttons, like the "share" button on the PlayStation 4's gamepad. It also has no exotic features like the touchscreen on the Wii U gamepad or the touchpad on the PS4's controller.

The report does say that the developers' version of the controller is covered in black and white stripes that cross each other, similar to what you might find on a zebra. It's currently unknown why Microsoft made this decision, although it's possible that each pattern is unique and thus easy to trace in case one or more get "lost", only to find themselves in an online auction.

Yes, Microsoft is selling this Xbox 360 controller next month.

In other Xbox news, Microsoft announced a few days ago it will be selling an Xbox 360 controller that will have a camouflage art style; it will be sold exclusively at Walmart stores starting in May for $54.99.

Source: Kotaku | Image via Microsoft

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Brilliant news. No point adding cack to something just for sake of adding cack.
There's so many different input methods for the XBox currently that i'm pleased they're keeping the controller basic.

It'll be different, it has to be, otherwise it'll just be like a Porsche, same old looks boring snore, next please

It'll be different, it has to be, otherwise it'll just be like a Porsche, same old looks boring snore, next please

The striping is probably to help mask the contours and basic layout of the controller if it's left in a picture accidentally (like on someone's desk in the background or whatever). They do this sort of thing with most new car models when they take them out on the test tracks.

Honestly was hoping for at least a screen, even if not necessary. This is simply because it would be much nicer to have that extra piece of communication/information streamed. Like current messages/friends online/invites etc.....

IMO, this is a let down to have such a low quality controller for 2013. Of course this is only rumor, but if they are charging 60$ for a controller it better have a screen this time around.....

Would have to disagree. A screen will reduce the battery life of the controller if wireless, I'm pretty sure most people would prefer not to have to glance down at their controller a lot, and also add to the cost of course. I would not say it's only unnecessary, but also a disadvantage for something that does not offer much.

wish they make a 360 controller with the ps4 touchpad with a micro usb port and bluetooth 4.0, it would be the ultimate controller.

Good thing I wont be buying an Xbox 3 ... I can't stand the controller. Maybe I'm just bitter because I foolishly allowed myself to be one of the people who kept trying to replace knackered systems ... 5 Xbox 360's in a row died on me out of the box ... Appalling ...

Spirit Dave said,
Good thing I wont be buying an Xbox 3 ... I can't stand the controller. Maybe I'm just bitter because I foolishly allowed myself to be one of the people who kept trying to replace knackered systems ... 5 Xbox 360's in a row died on me out of the box ... Appalling ...

And yet I still use my launch day original xbox360...

vlsi0n said,

And yet I still use my launch day original xbox360...

Your one Xbox experience is heavily outweighed by my multiple ... and the returns numbers on Microsoft's console heavily dent their genuine sales figures. So, while you're a very lucky person, I can assure you, you know people who have had their machine's die on them. It's fact. The Microsoft XBox 360 is the biggest returned console. Ever.

How about voice support like call out the guns name to switch guns or say reload or how about audio up, audio down....cool.

How about no, Scott.

I rather keep the cost of the primary source of interaction to a minimum as it's the most likely to break. *Glares at Wii U*

There was a POS device for the NES that did that.
FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE.
Yeah that got a bit old fast.
Even AVGN thought it sucked. lol

mrdeezus said,
How about voice support like call out the guns name to switch guns or say reload or how about audio up, audio down....cool.
Kinect already covers that.

ahhell said,
There was a POS device for the NES that did that.
FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE.
Yeah that got a bit old fast.
Even AVGN thought it sucked. lol

Hilarious episode - gotta watch it now

mrdeezus said,
Uh is it Bluetooth or will nextbox have bt and stop making Netflix subscribers pay for gold to get Netflix.

Get over it... or get a PS4

I hope so… this is an excellent controller. The human hand doesn't change… no reason to change the controller design with every new generation.

The only thing they should change: The D-Pad. The Dual Shock D-Pad = perfection

LaP said,
A new improved D pad would be welcome.

Agreed. That's pretty much the only thing that might need improving. Otherwise, it's almost perfect as is.

cetla said,
should at least add a cooling unit to keep heated hands down...jeeze is that too much to ask!?

If you need to cool your hands while playing video games it might be a sign it's time to get out imo.

LaP said,

If you need to cool your hands while playing video games it might be a sign it's time to get out imo.


You never played with others on a console before?
Many people have sweaty hands even when playing just a few minutes.
I've seen 3rd pt PS3 controllers with a small fan and ventilation holes to keep hands from sweating. Not sure if similar for xbox.

Shadowzz said,

You never played with others on a console before?

Yes.

None of my friends have this problem.

Sweet!! That's good news. 360 controller is already the best design by far. I wouldn't want it any different.
Damn, I missed the part saying the new one will be a bit smaller.
I already find them kinda small. Better than the old XBOX S-Controller though,
but I actually preferred the size of the first XBOX controllers.
I guess if ya got ***/girlie hands, small is better, but I got man hands.

The controller is great the way it is. It doesnt really need any changes. The few issues people had with it were fixed going from Xbox to X360.

I was expecting a small touch screen or some other gimmick (like the share button) but perhaps its smart to simply provide a controller. Nothing fancy that makes it more expensive and has no added value most of the time. Perhaps Microsoft will allow people to use the X360 controller on the NextBox. That would win some people over.

Ronnet said,
he few issues people had with it were fixed going from Xbox to X360.

Not all the d pad is still terrible.

LaP said,

Not all the d pad is still terrible.

True. I was talking more about the layout. I want there to be a D-pad where there's a D-pad. But the quality of the D-pad is terrible. It seems even a bit worse then the one from the Original Xbox. The one on the controller-S was ok. So yeah I hope they improve upon the quality of the D-pad. But I dont want them to replace it with a touch screen or a facebook button

Ronnet said,
...D-pad....

Blame Nintendo for refusing to license the patent on the perfect design.
I still profess the transformer D-pad is better than the original.

deadonthefloor said,

Blame Nintendo for refusing to license the patent on the perfect design.
I still profess the transformer D-pad is better than the original.

The cross-shaped DPad was patented in 1987 and has expired in 2005...

GP007 said,
No reason to change something that works so well already.

Waits for someone to quote you in a Windows 8 thread.

GP007 said,
No reason to change something that works so well already.

People said that about the PlayStation controller and now we still have the same basic design from 1994. They've just stuck on analogues and other stuff it was never intended for. So the PS3 controller ended up being inferior to the 360 controller because of this. The new PS4 controller is clearly much better and refined because they did a proper redesign.

MS and other companies shouldn't listen to people like you because things can always be improved, technology improves fast and just a few years can make a big difference.

nowimnothing said,
Hope its not too much smaller. 360 controller fits so perfectly in my hands.

It's already too small for my hands.

I loved the old style huge controller on the original Xbox, then again I have huge chunky man hands for strangling Badgers.

nowimnothing said,
Hope its not too much smaller. 360 controller fits so perfectly in my hands.

Yeah, agreed. One of the reasons I hate the PS controller is that it is too small and awkward...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, agreed. One of the reasons I hate the PS controller is that it is too small and awkward...


There's a ton of 3rd party PS controllers out there that are bigger or in a bit different shape.