GR: When crafting the successor to Xbox 360, Microsoft spent a lot of time mulling over what to do with the controller. Gamers loved the Xbox 360's control pad, so changing it was something the Big M was a bit hesitant to do.
Change can be a bad thing, but it looks like they did OK with this.
"Microsoft Initially “Apprehensive” To Change Xbox 360 Controller" And so they should have been, the 360 controller was damn near perfect for people with big hands like me. I have yet to hold the X1 controller, but i hope it's not too different. Anyone have any opinions on the 360 controller vs the X1 controller?
I have to say that the 360 controller was great. Changing it was a risk but reports indicate that it wasn't a negative change.
It's a little smaller and the sticks are a bit closer together, so those with larger hands may not like it as much. Otherwise, it is amazing. Sticks are great, D-pad is awesome, and triggers are fantastic.
Im glad the did, they perfected a perfect controller. The bumpers didn't feel right at first , but you can push them from 3 different angles. Analogs, d-pad, rumble, triggers were all improved.
depending how big your hands are you may find the new pad still has issues. I love the 360. The new pad would have been the perfect step forward in my book, I mean it's the same bad basically but better shaped and with a better D-pad.....BUT, for some reason they thought it would be a good idea to shrink the size of the thumb pads that sit on top of the sticks and make them more rounded so there is less grip in the middle. you prob would not notice it if you just held the pad for 5 min. it's only after hours of playing I find myself constantly having to adjust and move my thumbs round the pad and replace it back into the center. Somes I actually just push the pad from the edge with my thumb instead of moving from the center- something I never use to do with the 360 pads. now as much as I love the new pad I have found this to be an issue . The perfect pad would have been the xbox one pad but with the same size and shaped thumb sticks as the 360 pad. Everyone is different, I know some people wont have any problems with this, but for me it really put me off. it's like they changed everything else for the better and then changed one crucial thing for the worse that overshadows all the great stuff. Anyway, the solution if this is an issue is buying a set of thumb pads that go over them. it's the only real negative point about the pad, and I will add that I have the same issue with the ps4 pad. I must have big yeti size thumbs or something, but it's the only issue I have with both pads.
You may find the Xbone controller less comfortable. I myself have large hands and the controller just feels smaller with less to grip on to. Also, the thumbsticks are smaller making it harder for the thumb to rest in the center.
I played it for about 30 minutes at my local GameStop and hated it. The 360 controller feels a lot better in my hand. It's not something I couldn't get used to though if I ever get an Xbone.
It feels smaller when you first grab it but not to the point it becomes uncomfortable to hold. I have large hands and it feels snugg when I hold it. The first thing I noticed was the size of the face of the sticks is smaller and the sticks are taller than the 360 pad. After a while it feels normal though and I have found my aiming is better with the new sticks. They move more precisely. It would be hard for me to choose one over the other but if you liked the 360 pad you shouldnt have any problem with the X1 pad
They sure did!
I don't like the new Xbox One Controller. The 360's was awesome. Those right and left bumpers on the one really bother me.
Doesn't seem to me MS has a problem to change anything to Xbox1.....=)
Isn't everyone initially apprehensive about everything? It's just a matter of how fast we can get over it.
I'm not apprehensive about eating breakfast in the morning...
Depends on what's for breakfast.
One complaint I will still, and forever hold about the Xbox one controller is that they still make you buy battery, or the recharge pack...
Yeah, that is a little crazy,,,
Or use a micro USB cable and never need to charge again.
defeats the purpose of wireless
Honestly imo that's a plus for me i hate having to be connected via a usb. I'd prefer to get 4 rechargeable AA for each controller and when two die throw two more in and recharge the dead ones. You don't have to wait for charging and no usbs.
I agree man. The whole point of a wireless controller is to be wireless. Why after say 6 to 8 hours of gaming would I want to be playing with a cord connected that chances are isnt long enough to reach where I sit. I have 8 recharable batteries and a charger that charges 4 at a time. I use 2 and my oldest son use 2 in his controller and the other 4 are on charge. When they run out we just swap and put the empties on charge. I honestly do not see the fuss people have with it. To me its an advantage not having a built in battery.
Or you could just buy 4 rechargeable batteries and have them for years and you can use them in multiple applications. I doubt you dont use any AA batteries in your house, so you kill two bird one stone. And you dont have to plan on charging your controller over night or be attached by a cord in general. I prefer this over charging my controller constantly.
I prefer it. I always have spare rechargeable batteries right next to me and it takes 2 seconds to change them, no charge cord in sight. Sanyo eneloops man. I use them for everything. It is actually easier, just not 'cooler' so it won't improve your image like a built-in battery will. This is a non-issue raised by fanboys who have no intention of owning an xbox anyway.
It's a minor issue for me, I own a Xbox 360, just not the Xbox one just yet, but I will for sure own it within the year. Must get my Halo fix, will always be one of my favorite games. Also my girlfriend really wants one for our living room, and the kinect.
I think they only made the change because of shareholders. The 360 controller was really, really nice. At that point unarguably the best controller ever made but if they kept it the same for the Xbox One, people would expect to be able to use their old Xbox 360 controllers, meaning they wouldn't make as much money on peripherals. And if they did keep it the exact same but didn't make the consoles compatible with the 360 ones there would have been a massive public outcry.
Different target market this time around so they made a smaller controller. Sony seem to have the better controller this time around because they made theirs bigger... a common complaint. No one ever complained about the size of the 360 controller, yet they reduced it anyway to target the wii crowd along with kinect. Why mess with perfection, just fix the d+pad, add some BS bells and whistles and everyone is happy. I hope enough people complain and they release an 'S' version like the original xbox did but I doubt it. But you are correct, it was to satisfy shareholders by targeting the largest market, the casual market.
Yeah, the d-pad was the only fault. If they fixed that and could have integrated the flush battery pack into an old style controller shape it would have been perfect.
When i first picked up the X1 controller, it felt right and comfortable. It actually feels weird holding a 360 controller after being so used to using an X1 controlleer.
I loved the original controller but just kinda like this one. I get hand cramps, my left thumb gets a little raw and triggers are too sensitive... But the D Pad is pretty good.
I don't have my Xbox One yet so I can say how the controller is. But some Xbox fans told me its a step down from the Xbox 360 controller. The Xbox 360 controller was perfect. When I first got it when I was about 10 years old I didn't like it because it felt big and bulky. But as I grew up I began to appreciate it. I watched some reviews on YouTube comparing Xbox One controller to the new Dualshock 4 and most said the DS4 is better. Idk yet. I will wait until I get my Xbox One before I judge it.
If your an adult with large hands the Xbone controller may feel less comfortable. It feels smaller with less to grip onto with your palms. The smaller thumbsticks as well won't allow for your thumb to rest comfortablely in the center either. I also find the thumbsticks to not have enough resistance. They would have been better off keeping the 360 controller; just with an improved d-pad and internal battery compartment
Iv tried my friends ps4 and I really like the change but don't like the touch pad because I hit it a lot when I go to press the option button (is that what the start bottom was? ). I didn't like the X1 controler as much as the 360 one in the beginning but now I do. Guess I just had to get used to it a bit
When I first grabbed the new controller it just felt off. But after a few days it was fine. I think when you use a controller that most feel is great for years, picking something new up is going to feel odd until you get used to it.
Initially apprehensive. $100m in research later not so much.
Lol, thats exactly what I was thinking. How do you go from not wanting to change the controller to spending more money then I could possibly imagine on a redesign? And to top it all off, still require AA batteries. I'm sorry, but that's one bullet point I can't get over.
To say they put $100m into R&D for that, I can't see where all the money went. I mean still having to use AA batteries.... 40+ innovations, they claimed, went into the Xbone controller. Seriously, is this just another falsified number from Microsoft? Wouldn't we already have heard about this incredible leap above the 360 controller if this were the case?
A new apprehensive X360 controller sounds cool but same time bad but it's my opinion but once i seen it, and feel it I can truly judge it.
It is smaller; for kids hands this time. I feel they gave the title to Sony this round because they have lost sight of who got them there... gamers. So for me it is just another failure on MS' behalf. They have gone for the nintendollar ever since the wii made a killing in hardware sales. Too many execs and not enough gamers making decisions will be why this console gets outsold this round. The same reason EA is failing, MS is failing... greedy US corporations pleasing shareholders and ignoring customers. Lose he suits MS or don't bother, the world is getting fed up with giant US corporations ruining everything to satisfy their shareholders and ignoring their customers. This is just my opinion... a 10 year loyal XBox gamer trying to decide which console to buy next.
Have to agree with your assesment of the controller. The only reason I can see for them making it smaller, and the triggers and buttons almost too easy to press, is to make it easier for kids to use. I tried the controller out at gamestop and was let down by the reduced size with less to hold on to and the small thumbsticks my thumbs don't sit in well. I'm glad they didn't mess up the controller to much, but definately a step down from the 360 controller. All they needed to do was fix the dpad and put the battery compartment internal. Instead they tinkered with it too much. I've been with Xbox since 2002 and this is just part of the let down with the Xbone
Still the best controller out there IMO.
We'll all consider that... as soon as your opinion is discovered to have value.
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