Xbox One Controller
Edit Page Last Edit: November 4, 2016 – 8 months 29 days ago
Tens of millions of dollars have gone into the development of the Xbox One controller and hundreds of mockups were created in order for Microsoft to nail the perfect design of the Xbox One controller, without throwing out the so much loved Xbox 360 design. At a glance, the Xbox One Controller is quite similar to the Xbox 360’s Controller, with a different handle contour, but with off-set analog sticks, the A, B, X and Y face buttons, a directional pad, and two buttons, Menu and View, where Start and Back were. Microsoft has confirmed via twitter that up to 8 controllers can be used compared to the 4 supported on PS4. The day one controller has special text in the middle and has a metallic d-Pad compared to the standard black.
The controller maintains the overall design of the Xbox 360 controller but features 40 minor and major design improvements, according to Microsoft that makes the controller more comftorable and more intuitive. The directional pad has a more traditional design compared to previous Xbox controllers, and the battery compartment is slimmer. The triggers will have built-in rumble system called “Impulse Triggers” which is forced vibration built directly into the triggers, which is used in games like Forza.
Edit Xbox One Controller Features
The Xbox One Controller features a slightly altered design from the Xbox 360 controller and some new features:
- Trigger Rumble Motors
- Battery pack flush with controller
- Plus-shaped D-Pad (mechanical)
- Haptic feedback triggers
- Grip texture around sticks
- Faster response time
- Micro-USB port
- IR sensors for Kinect interactivity
Edit Charging and Battery
Charging your Xbox One controller will be done via micro-USB cable (not included). The controller will take standard or rechargeable AA batteries in a new integrated battery compartment that doesn’t bulge out as it did previously. When you plug a micro-USB cable into the controller for wired play the internal radio is shut off and all data is transmitted through the wire. In this mode the controller can be used without batteries.
The new controller will also feature a low power state to help conserve battery life when it is not in use, so you can rest assured knowing that it won’t be needlessly draining energy while watching a movie or when away from the console. 
Audio delivery through the Xbox One Chat Headset (which is included with the console) will be a higher quality than what Xbox 360 users have become accustomed to, thanks to an improved data transfer rate with three times the sampling rate between the controller and console. According to Microsoft, communication can be clearer than when speaking on a telephone. 
It has also been announced that the new controller will NOT work with current headsets. [n ] This could mean a focus on using the chat capabilities of the Kinect 2 or possibly a new type of headset being made. A chat headset with volume and mute controls come included with every Xbox One, both Day One and regular editions.
The controller will utilize both invisible reflective technology and LEDs to communicate with the console and Kinect. which will make syncing the devices a simple task. The technology can also be used so that Kinect can pair the controller with the person holding it, so that if a couple of friends were enjoying a multi-player game, the console can configure the split-screen positions based on where each is sitting. 
Edit Xbox One Controller Button Names
The Xbox One Controller introduces two new buttons on Xbox where Start and Back appeared on Xbox 360. These buttons are named ‘Menu’ and ‘View’, similar to how Sony shook things up this time around with ‘Options’ and ‘Share’ [n ]
Menu. “The Menu button (on the right) will bring up context-specific menus which game and app developers can design to enhance the user experience. The Menu button could be used in scenarios such as bringing up in-game menus, showing video playback options, and accessing commands on the console’s user interface .”
View. The View button “will change views or provide more information in games and apps. Developers will drive the function of the view button. Possible uses of the View button include viewing a map during a role playing game, displaying a leaderboard in a first person shooter, and enhancing the navigation of the console’s user interface.”
Edit Day One Edition
The Day One edition controller has “chrome” colored d-pad and a special stamp that shows it’s a Day One Edition (Day One 2013).
Edit Xbox One Controller Image Gallery
The following images show the Xbox One Controller from many angles.
A new controller design, called the Elite controller was showcased at E3 2015. See the Xbox One Elite Controller page for more info.
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