Original Xbox replica controller “The Duke” revealed

By Marshall Lemon
12 June 2017 15:41 GMT

Hyperkin has announced production of a classic Xbox controller just in time for Microsoft’s backwards compatibility news.

Duke Xbox controller

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If you’re excited that Microsoft is bringing original Xbox games to its backwards compatibility list, why not complete the experience with an original Xbox controller? Or rather, a replica designed by Hyperkin for Windows 10 and Xbox One systems.

Dubbed “The Duke”, this gamepad is a near-perfect replica of the 2001 Xbox controller, right down to a nine-foot detachable cable (as reported by Gizmodo). The primary difference is the Xbox symbol in the center of the device has been replaced with an LCD screen which uses an animated logo.

While few would argue the bulky Xbox controller was a good fit for human hands after the 360 and One upgrades, Hyperkin is probably right that nostalgia will drive sales of this peripheral. And who knows, perhaps it will feel more natural while playing classic Xbox games than using an Xbox One gamepad today.

Hyperkin has announced it will launch The Duke later this year, just in time for the holiday season.

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