When the Xbox Series X was first announced, one of the things that stood out for many was its controller. Unlike Sony coming out with a brand-new DualSense controller for their PlayStation 5, the Series X instead came with just an overhauled – but mostly the same – Xbox controller. While it sported some huge improvements under the hood, the design and basic features that were a staple of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One generation controllers are still the backbone for the Series X/S controllers.
However, that trend may soon change, as Xbox head Phil Spencer himself puts it. Speaking in the Kinda Funny Gamescast, Spencer notes that while the company is not looking to dive deeper into other Xbox accessories like VR, they are interested in updating the Xbox controller, citing PlayStation and the work they did with theirs as a key factor.
“We’re definitely thinking about different kinds of devices that can bring more games to more places,” Spencer says. “There’s probably some work that we’ll do on the controller. I think Sony’s done a nice job with their controller and we kind of look at some of that and [think] there are things that we should go do.”
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
If there are problems to be said about Microsoft’s new console, it would seem that the controller is the least, or maybe not even a part of it. The slight tweaks and updates to modernize the iconic Xbox controller has for the most part kept Xbox fans content. After all, if it ain’t broke, then there’s no point trying to fix it.
With that out of the way, there’s a lot to be said about how the DualSense controller became a big draw for the PlayStation 5’s inherent success. A possible upgrade to the Xbox controller may alienate a lot of its fans, but it can also win back a lot of them if Microsoft manages to find the right balance of updating it while keeping it familiar to those who grew fond of its iconic design.
For the most part, Microsoft is on the right track of their potential upgrade path, as they inquire with buyers via survey if they want to see any PlayStation controller features on the Xbox consoles. These surveys are made available to anyone who purchases either an Xbox Series X or Series S.