Microsoft already made headlines today by removing the requirement to have a plugged in Kinect to game on the Xbox One. And while a 7-minute video detailing the Xbox One controller’s new features isn’t as controversial, it’s still worth a look.
1. No Screws
Flip over the Xbox One controller and you’ll find a sleek back. A back that is sans screws. According to Xbox’s Zulfi Alam, gamers complained that the screws found in the Xbox 360′s controller would begin to irritate their fingers after prolonged gaming. The answer? Remove them and all the while minimize the battery compartment. The result is a sleeker controller with a flat back.
2. Rumble Motors
At E3 I had a chance to hold an Xbox One controller. I was reluctant at first. After all, how much better could the rumble motors, or force feedback get than the previous console’s controller. Much better in fact. Not only did Microsoft reduced the motor’s size, but they placed them behind the triggers allowing them to convey a much great sense of realism than before. It sounds like a gimmick, but after trying out their four part demo I’m sold, especially when driving (the car’s vibration) or when firing a gun.
3. New D-Pad
The D-Pad on the Xbox One controller is now lower and closer to the motherboard. The feedback has also been improved. However, the rotating D-pad, which the company released in 2010, has now been negated from the design.
4. Better Analog Sticks
Dead space has been removed from the analog sticks to improve accuracy. They’ve also reduced the size of the controller knob and added a slight rubber finish to improve tactile feel and feedback.
5. Wired and Wireless in One
Xbox said: why buy two controllers? Now you don’t have to. Those that are hardcore gamers, who require a wired connection for minimal latency, will be glad to hear that when you plugin your Xbox One controller the radios are automatically turned off and all the data is sent over USB. Moreover, the Xbox team has expanded the wireless bandwidth twenty fold and with that reduced latency by 20% in wireless mode.
6. Touch to Power
That familiar silver Xbox symbol will remain on the controller, but now the controller powers on thanks to an infrared sensor – you can still push it in, though.
7. Auto Profile Switching
This might be the coolest features on the Xbox One controller. Thanks to the Kinect, which can recognize people, and a set of LED sensors on the front of the Xbox One controller, you no longer have to manually switch profiles when you hand the controller to your fellow couch potato. Instead, the Xbox One will know when you hand the controller over and it will automatically switch profiles.