Submitted by jtorry 696d ago | news

Eight Xbox One controllers can be connected to the console at once

Eight wireless Xbox One controllers can be connected to the console at once, Microsoft has revealed.

The figure was confirmed on the Xbox One website, which also revealed that each controller carries a 30 foot wireless range.

The number is double that of Xbox 360 which only included support for four simultaneous controllers. (Microsoft, Xbox One)

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The_Infected  +   696d ago
Wtf is the point of that? That's 4 to many.
iamnsuperman  +   696d ago
For the possibility of 8 player co-op even though that is as likely as Half Life 3 being released

edit: Does FIFA 13 support 7 players (I never realised it did but I am see conflicting box arts. I lost my copy. To be fair I never had enough controllers. Those things cost so much). If it does that means Half Life 3 is confirmed. Heard it hear first folks
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slimeybrainboy  +   696d ago
True. I would never use it. I'd probably not use more than 2 but hey, the more the better right?

At least Octomom is probably delighted.
MariaHelFutura  +   696d ago
Yep. Like I said below

The PS3 supported 7 controllers.
It was useless, no games support 7 players offline.
Ripsta7th   696d ago | Immature | show
pandehz  +   696d ago
Oh you had to do it didnt you.

Now its perma-delayed.
MariaHelFutura  +   696d ago

If you want to spend the upwards of $400+ on controllers and battery packs to play Fifa w/ 7 people on the Xbox One a few times, be my guest.
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thrust  +   696d ago
Friends can brings there ones around!?!?!
MariaHelFutura  +   696d ago

True and fair enough. Like I said though not many games (almost none) will support 7-8 controllers. But you are correct.
ironwolf   696d ago | Trolling | show
Baka-akaB  +   696d ago
I dont see how it can be spun as a negative . Who cares if they are few , some games do allow it .

Team Sports games like said above ... or even simple stuff like just activating one pad per user in a fighting game tournament setting , instea dof passing it along , between each individual personal setups and prefs (like using a stick or special pad)
badz149  +   696d ago
I have 5 PS3 controllers myself. Played a lot of 2v2 FIFA with my brothers. And when some friends come over, sometimes we play 3v3 or 3v4 matches which are totally hillarious every freakin time! Oh...I use my 2 Logitech F510 to make it 7. It has been awhile though since the last time we played with that many people. Not sure if the F510 is still supported by the PS3. I better check it out after this.

Nevertheless...this is good news.
ShinMaster  +   696d ago
PS3 did it, but almost no games used it.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   696d ago
Sorry I don't see the point in having 8 controllers 4 is just fine.

Maybe it will benefit side scrolling arcade games, who knows but I don't see the point really.
Old_Prodigy  +   696d ago
Lets see how they fit that into my 37" television.
tokugawa  +   696d ago
lol how ridiculous.

a one up on sonys pathetic decision to include 7 lol

ffs 8 controllers totally pointless . unless fifa supports it. or something like a modern day gauntlet
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IcicleTrepan  +   696d ago
Yes it's 8 controllers but due to bandwidth if you wanted all of them to also have headset to chat on it becomes 4 controllers as wireless chat takes up an extra slot out of the 8. So I don't think it's really designed that way to use 8 controllers although you could, it's more so four wireless controllers can use chat headsets at the same time.
thechosenone  +   696d ago
And the PS3 supported 7 but were there ever any games that actually supported that many players? Nope.
minimur12  +   696d ago
Lol wtf, I can't see the reeason other than to p*ss off the one person trying to controll the video
kingPoS  +   696d ago
Xmen arcade was a blast when family and friends brought their own DS3's over.

I'd like to see more games like that, but with online being championed on the Xbox One I'm not sure it'll fare any different than the PS3 in that regard.
Dir_en_grey   696d ago | Trolling | show
Rivitur  +   696d ago
Ritsujun  +   695d ago
That's perfect for family games and birthday parties of lil kids. LOL@Microsofie.
Nintendawg's in danger! ROFL.
Linzoid  +   695d ago
I'm a PS3 guy only and I was gutted when they cut the controllers from 8 to 7. Used to love the 4 v 4 on PES and FIFA.

Having 8 controllers is a brilliant feature, even if only a handful of games support it.
trafalger   696d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(5)
Mystogan  +   696d ago
This would be awesome for dungeon crawlers or Fifa games.

This is very good.
Mykky  +   696d ago
It's not really new though. Just played 7 players Fifa earlier today on PS3.
Kurt Russell  +   695d ago
Or a Royal Rumble on a wrestling game! :D
frostyhat123  +   696d ago
Are you really complaining because the feature is unnecessarily good?
timotim  +   696d ago
For devs to create 8 player games? Just a guess. Party games like "Your in the Movies" can benefit from this a lot...4 was never enough because everyone wanted their own. Then theirs downloadable games, Indie games etc...
whoyouwit04  +   696d ago
only because PS4 can't do it.
stuff  +   696d ago
Using bluetooth, the ps3 could support up to nine devices at any given time (7 controllers, a headset, and a keyboard). What makes you think the PS4 will be any different?
KONAAs  +   696d ago
fifa suports 7 players and its fun if theres a BBq and u play with ur mates,
joe90  +   696d ago
This will be good for Fifa,WWE,Tiger woods,Quize games and any other same screen games.
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dark-hollow  +   696d ago
Don't expect 8 players split screen co-op , but it can be used for games that all players share the same screen like bomberman and geometry wars.
ZodTheRipper  +   696d ago
Why not? PS3 already has splitscreen games which use 3D TV's where every player can only see his own screen. That's what I call next-generation local multiplayer ;D
achmetha  +   696d ago
so 16 AA batteries. SOB.
Cueil  +   695d ago
or 8 charge packs... or just plug the things into a hub
JetsFool3500  +   696d ago
A game like madden or 2k that has only 2 camera angles throughout the game can support 8 people
AddictiveGamer   696d ago | Spam
tordavis  +   696d ago
We used to play Bomberman on Sega Saturn with 10 controllers and Fire Pro Wrestling with 6 controllers. Please stop the madness!
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UnholyLight  +   696d ago
Well forgive me for not reading all the comments to see if someone else mentioned it....but it's possible that 8 controller cap may actually mean you can have 4 players each using SmartGlass while playing?? That would also seem logical.
Volkama  +   696d ago
Just need Sony to say the PS4 can take 9 or more now, and then Maria can use the bigger number to pad out that list he or she pastes everywhere :p

pad out... no pun intended
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FamilyGuy  +   696d ago
8 player co-op was used in sports games like Soccer and Basketball during the PS2 era. Multi-tap you know?

Glad to see some real news pop up, positive news at that.
Thisisjuju  +   696d ago
Its probably a pointless feature, BUT, better to have it than not to have it.

Hopefully some Dev's can make use of it.
bromtown  +   696d ago
$525 can be connected to Microsoft's wallet :D haha...

Be good for party games though, and sports titles. Other than that, unnecessary but better to go too much than too little I suppose.
Deadpoolio  +   696d ago
Thats awful expensive to get 7 other controllers, at $92 dollars a controller.....thats $644 dollars...$60 per controller and $25 per play and charge kit since they seem to be unable to give you a battery and think for some reason their crappy batteries are worth $25 now
UnholyLight  +   694d ago
Where do you figure $92 per controller?
Rageanitus  +   696d ago
Sports games mainly.... though I myself don't really like sports games.

Maybe a smash bros type of game
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360ICE  +   696d ago
Omg, just be happy. You already know the price tag. How many times have I played locally with more than four people on PS3? Like, maybe ten times over a six year time period, but I still appreciate that I could actually do it those times.
sentury111  +   695d ago
I probably won't be using it, but it's nice to know that it's possible if the need arises.
tigertom53  +   695d ago
doesn't have to be a controller it could be wireless headset, tablet connected by smart-glass, or any other device...
yewles1  +   696d ago
Gotta one-up 'dat Sony...
MariaHelFutura  +   696d ago
The PS3 could have 7 devices/controllers connected to it.
It's was useless, no games supports 7 players offline.
jr85prix   696d ago | Spam
ErryK  +   696d ago
@jr85prix While Maria comments a lot or in an instant, she at least has the elegance and grace of using proper English...
Rai  +   696d ago
actually I remember one of the WWE games did. I tried it out with my friends.
creatchee  +   696d ago

An elegant and/or graceful troll is still a troll.
AddictiveGamer   696d ago | Spam
T2  +   696d ago
All sports games support 4+ players and all are fun with those extra people , esp nhl
ArmrdChaos  +   696d ago
It's just the typical MO that many display on this site. They look to knock others down so that they can feel taller. It's really nothing more than ego. Just laugh, shake your head, and move on...nothing to see here, carry on. I would imagine all of you consider your time more valuable than that.
ErryK  +   696d ago
@creatchee Depends on how you look at it.
360ICE  +   695d ago
Plenty sports games do. And, of course, PixelJunk Racers. Everyone plays PixelJunk Racers. You're useless.
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CrimsonStar  +   696d ago
Why not???... Even if the feature is unlikely to be used , the more features the better . I know back in the day if super smash brothers had this feature it would have been the bomb .
Deadpoolio  +   696d ago
It's not really a feature but I guess IF you have to look for positive things about the One80....Sony has had that since 2007 and there are NO games that support 8 players
Studio-YaMi  +   696d ago
It's not a feature to look up to but who knows? maybe they'll try to implant it into more video games this gen(although I doubt it).

So this is NOT a negative thing really.
thetruthx1  +   696d ago
Very interesting
Lukas_Japonicus  +   696d ago
I don't think i ever had use for 4, let lone 8, but can't complain with extra features i guess.
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Hicken  +   696d ago
Yeah, it's not really a negative, but given how unlikely it is to be frequently used, not exactly a big positive.
Studio-YaMi  +   696d ago
Exactly what you said.
Bundi  +   696d ago
4v4 Fifa match. How's that not a big positive?
8-way quiz games?
How about wrestling games? 2v2v2v2?
4way split screen for co-op driving + shooting games with one driver and one shooter per screen? Okay this time Ne is reaching a bit but still. Great positives.
tiffac008  +   696d ago
^In an age where almost everyone plays multiplayer online. Its not that big as it use to be.

I mean its cool but not a game changing feature, especially since Illumiroom is deemed to be too expensive.

If Illumiroom was available then you can make a strong case for this.
Hicken  +   696d ago
If this were the PS2/Xbox/GC/DC generation, it'd be awesome news.

But that was generation six.

Gen 7 almost entirely erased the notion of local multiplayer, instead opting for the online multiplayer "everybody has a console" landscape. As a result, precious few games have the ability to have more than four players on a game at a time.

With Gen 8 set to continue that trend- somewhat unfortunately, I might add- this winds up being a nice additional feature, but not much in the way of a major plus.
DonFreezer  +   696d ago
There are games like Fifa that could use the extra players.
Ripsta7th  +   696d ago
Ohh ok i was asking myself why and this seems reasonable, but wouldnt 8 people be too crowded?
iamnsuperman  +   696d ago
That would be wonderfully hectic

edit: Shame controllers cost an arm and a leg to buy
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Bundi  +   696d ago
Bring your own. If you're gonna have 7 mates over for a football tourney, it is very likely that a couple have one or two controllers of their own.

Remember when consoles came with two controllers? Good times :-)
Flutterby  +   696d ago

That embarrassing moment when all your friends bring their controllers round to play fifa but they all have DS4 controllers and you have an Xbox one
Deadpoolio  +   696d ago
I suppose it's only $92 per controller IF you have to have a play and charge kit otherwise it's just $64.79...

I know Xbots hate facts but it's $92 for a complete controller $60(controller)+$25(battery)+t ax=$92
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CoLD FiRE  +   696d ago
@Deadpoolio It's actually $59.96 for the controller alone and $74.99 if you buy the controller and play and charge kit together.

Ripsta7th  +   696d ago
But why????????????????
frostyhat123  +   696d ago
Nice feature to have.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   696d ago
Yes, the console also supports 16 smartglass units at the same time.
Studio-YaMi  +   696d ago
Wait whaaa !?
you're not serious .. right ??? :0
Deadpoolio  +   696d ago
Whats your point since Windows tablets and phones aren't selling that well....Not as poorly as the Wii U but still not well
pyramidshead  +   696d ago
Sounds...good? But for what use? Intriguing.
CrimsonStar  +   696d ago
They must have some indie games , or future games that can use this feature . With the right game 8 people on the same console could be fun .
Soupaman66  +   696d ago
I don't think there's enough screen for 8 players. maybe something that's on one screen like fifa but split screen?
kneon  +   696d ago
It's not for split screen games, if it were then you would want to support 9 since you can't evenly split the screen into 8 pieces unless you use some odd aspect ratios.

But I find even 4 player split screen sucks even on a 60 inch screen. Maybe on an 80 inch 4k screen it would be Ok except that we're no where near a console that can generate the equivalent of four independent 1080p video streams.
Derajcan2  +   696d ago
Great for a huge fifa battle
ElementX  +   696d ago
Party games instead of passing around a controller. Maybe buzzers for a trivia game?
Xsilver  +   696d ago
theirs 8 player games ???????
user7402931  +   696d ago
thats alot of aa batteries
Axonometri  +   696d ago
Thank you
I always like the morning laughs
joe90  +   696d ago
Thats a lot of charging cables running through your room.

I buy 20 AA for £1 (poundland) and 2 last me a week of heavy gaming. £1 for 10 weeks of gaming isnt bad.
kewlkat007  +   696d ago
Can't imagine all the charging cables..
Baka-akaB  +   696d ago
Batteries and chargers are available for both guys ..
EXVirtual  +   696d ago
Party games I guess.
ScamperCamper  +   696d ago
Freaking awesome!!!!!!
Axonometri  +   696d ago
If... The Xbox One (should of been named Infinity) can use 8 controllers and ability of two monitors this would be awesome.

8 way couch co-op or local multi would definetly be cool.
Of course, this would require us to have 7 friends that could come to your place and all fit on the couch.
(hangs head)
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ScamperCamper  +   696d ago
Agreed. I was excited and then I realized I don't have many friends...

However, 5 friends does happen. A game like Olympics could be sweet with extra controllers.
Redgehammer  +   696d ago
Or be a father of 4 sons that always has at least 6-8 kids in my hose when my sons are here. 8 player beatem ups, would be great, but not as great as keeping my controller from being passed around.
Axonometri  +   696d ago
I could make a joke about your hose... but I will spare everyone.
arbitor365  +   696d ago
you would need a pretty big screen for that to work
adventureghost124  +   696d ago
umm ok but I can barely get 7 people to come to my house, let alone who would want to play games, and how many and what kind of games would it support? How will I figure out which controller is which? (Especially if multiple people left the room) and most importantly, how am I going to fit over 8 people on one screen?
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adventureghost124  +   696d ago
besides sport games, what other games do you see supporting it
ironwolf  +   696d ago
You need to get out and make some friends.
adventureghost124  +   696d ago
well that was mean and can you honestly say that you have five or more friends over on a regular basis?
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ironwolf  +   696d ago
Yes, I have 20 to 50 over on a regular basis; every couple of months or so I through a BYOB party. I actually have a social life.
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adventureghost124  +   692d ago
.....filthy casual
skydragoonity  +   696d ago
You can hardly get 8 friends to play a game at the same time these days. Pointless
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Swiggins  +   696d ago
Geeze, I don't think I even have 8 friends....I suppose I could bribe a few hobos to be my friends for a few days....

...so rornry.
Spoons  +   696d ago
TimeSkipLuffy  +   696d ago
there probably hardly be any games that will support 8 players. But a really nice feature nonetheless! :3
Ps4marksthespotnotX  +   696d ago
How many people with an xbox do you know who has eight friends? Pretty pointless feature.
LoveOfTheGame  +   695d ago
Me and the ten other people i know buying the Xbox, how can this feature be seen as anything but positive.
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Ps4marksthespotnotX  +   695d ago
You must be in a minority then, most people i know with an xbox 360 don't have much of a social life.
AceBlazer13  +   696d ago
Ps3 already supported up to 7 considering PlayStation was like the go to place for fifa it was a given.only natural for Xbox to-do it since they and EA been sucking each other off as of late.
Animal Mutha 76  +   696d ago
Ok I got it.

The next Trials game should support this. I had a barrel of laughs with my friends playing 4 player motocross races on a single Xbox. Problem was sometimes there were 5 of us or even more.

8 player Trials Evo motocross would be EPIC!!!

Hope you are paying attention RedLynx.
despair  +   696d ago
The real question is why?
AutoCad  +   696d ago
nba 2k team up with friends..
chrissx  +   696d ago
Wow. So many AA batteries man. Its too much 4 real.
AutoCad  +   696d ago
why batteries , when u can have a chargeable pack?
badboy776  +   696d ago
Dead AA batteries everywhere.
Deadpool101  +   696d ago
Okay, 8 controllers is a bit crazy but do you know what would make it a little crazier and even better? An 8 player Powerstone sequel to take advantage of it! Make it happen capcom! ;)
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