Remember what Google had done with the Stadia controller? Well, Microsoft and the Xbox Team are following suit and want the next-gen controller to fit smaller hands, while being inclusive to all hand sizes, according to Xbox senior designer Ryan Whitaker.
As per news.xbox.com, we learn that the forthcoming Xbox Series X controller will sport a “gender-neutral” design so that anyone can “enjoy” using the Series X controller without feeling left out.
In other words, Microsoft and the Xbox Team wanted to flex and show how inclusive they are by upholding current year standards when it comes to appeasing people that don’t even game.
If you don’t believe me, here’s the conversation from the above link explaining the move from the Xbox One and Xbox One S controller design to this new inclusive controller:
Xbox Wire: Did you make design choices with the new Wireless Controller to be more inclusive of all players?
And here’s Whitaker response:
Ryan Whitaker: Yes. Being more inclusive is part of the design process from the very beginning. That’s true for everything we make at Xbox. Whether we’re redesigning our standard controller or inventing a completely new one, like the Adaptive Controller, we ask ourselves and gamers, “How can we make gaming a better experience for everyone?” By listening to gamers and observing how people of all backgrounds and abilities play, we continue to learn more and find areas we can improve.
When asked about improvements and inclusiveness by the Xbox Team, here’s what the Xbox senior designer had to say:
Ryan Whitaker: One key area we’re improving is fitting a wider range of hand sizes, especially smaller hands. By accommodating hands similar to those of an average 8-year-old, we found we could improve accessibility and comfort for hundreds of millions more people without negatively affecting the experience for those with larger hands. We did that by rounding the bumpers, slightly reducing and rounding parts around the triggers, and carefully sculpting the grips.
Moreover, you can check out the new Series X digital-pad, which is said to give gamers a “tactical” advantage when using it in action:
As seen below, both the triggers and the bumpers have dotted tactile patterns on them for better grip:
The button in the middle with the “up arrow” on it is the new “share” button for showing off game-clips and screenshots:
On top of the controller lies the micro-USB connection. Also, we can see the sync button that sits above the breakable section that houses the batteries:
And found underneath the controller are two expansion ports that can be used in collaboration with the charger kit and the Xbox One Chat headset:
Aside from all of the above, the Xbox Series X controller requires two double-A (AA) batteries to work wirelessly and can use rechargeable batteries — which are sold separately.
Lastly, the new controller for the next-gen Xbox is still on to release sometime in Q4 2020.