The Duke controller is making a comeback on Windows 10 and Xbox One, which is apparently a thing that people wanted to happen?
The controller, which was ditched by Microsoft soon after the original Xbox released because everyone hated it, is remembered fondly by a niche, large-handed audience that is, apparently, big enough to justify the thing making a return. It was announced during E3, but sneaked under the radar a bit.
The prototype, posted by game designer Seamus Blackley (who was involved in the design of the original Xbox, a console defined, in part, by its largeness), is admittedly pretty neat for what it is.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) September 20, 2017
The logo has been replaced by an LCD screen, although what functionality it will serve is anyone’s guess (although if it’s put to good use – cool idea).
If this is a thing you want, all power to you – your wish has been granted. Peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin has encouraged fans to look out for preorders opening soon.
The Xbox Duke controller was replaced by the ‘Controller S’ in 2002, which had originally launched alongside the Japanese Xbox. The Controller S was a fine piece of design, and became the basic template on which the Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers were based. For early adopters, though, the Duke may evoke a certain nostalgia for the original Halo and Project Gotham Racing.