According to the Xbox One website, the latest console from Microsoft will support up to eight concurrent controllers. Alongside this, Ballmer and his colleagues have divulged a few more secrets about how the console will operate.
The Xbox One controller will boast a wireless range of approximately 30 feet, a “seamless profile,” which pairs with a specific controller device and infrared-based LEDs that can be detected by the Kinect sensor.
According to the official blurb, the Xbox controller is destined to be “the greatest game pad – now even better.” The device will be more immersive, with vibration motors attached to the impulse triggers and a novel expansion slot that facilitates voice chat, when plugged in with the appropriate headset.
Precision has also been enhanced after redesigning the thumbsticks, triggers and bumpers, whilst the direction pad has now become more responsive to the player’s input.
Microsoft claims the controller is more ergonomically pleasing, with a change to the “grips and contours” and the integration of the, previously bulky, battery pack into the device itself.
According to Polygon, Microsoft had previously announced that they were attempting to find a means of ensuring compatibility between the Xbox 360 controller and the Xbox One console. Meanwhile, the new controllers are likely to retail at $59, with the main system being packed with a single controller standard.
In other Xbox One-related news, however, Microsoft has announced that the console will not support external storage immediately following its launch. However, all is not lost, as the corporation plans to implement the feature at a later date.
According to IGN, Microsoft’s Major Nelson revealed the news in a podcast special, where he was covering the Penny Arcade eXpo (PAX):
“My understanding is that feature (external storage) will not be there at launch because the team is working on some other things, but it definitely is on the list.”
He then goes on to explain that, despite the feature being slated to surface at some point, he was unable to define precisely when.
The Xbox One is to be distributed with a 500GB hard drive, which cannot be substituted. However, during the console’s unveiling in March, Microsoft has confirmed external storage could be used with the high speed USB 3.0 interface for installation of video games and downloads.
By: James Fenner