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News hardware & software 17 March 2020, 13:55

author: Conrad Hazi

New Controller for Xbox Series X Will be Fast and Support Bluetooth

Microsoft has shared some details about the new gamepad for the Xbox Series X console. The new controller is to be equipped with a bluetooth module and a button to immediately share screenshots. The designers also promise reduced input lag.

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  • Ryan Whitaker from Microsoft offered some details about the new controller.
  • The pad, which will launched with the Xbox Series X, will support Bluetooth, offer improvements that will reduce input lag and be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10.
  • The price of the device is not yet known.

The prospect of the appearance of a new Xbox means that the market will also see a refreshed version of a dedicated controller. Ryan Whitaker from Microsoft commented on it, revealing what we can expect from the controller created for the Xbox Series X, which will be launched with the console at the end of the year.

A pad for everyone

Let's start with the fact that even if we don't decide to buy the upcoming Xbox One right after its launch, we will be able to use the new gamepad with the Xbox One console. In addition, it will be compatible with accessories already available on the market, such as the external keyboard. Additionally, the controller will support the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard, which will enable easy pairing with PCs (the pad will be fully supported by Windows 10) and mobile devices with Android and iOS. The USB-C port will be used for charging.

When it comes to technical improvements, Whitaker paid special attention to something called Dynamic Latency Input (DLI), which is designed to reduce the input lag. This technology is supposed to allow for more frequent transmission of information by the controller and better pairing with the displayed frames. This should allow for a few less milliseconds of delay and, according to Microsoft's representative, the controls are to respond almost "immediately".

And in addition...

Following the example of the controller from PlayStation 4, the one from Xbox Series X will also have a dedicated button for sharing screenshots or recording our gameplay. The D-pad will be a hybrid one and will combine the advantages of an interchangeable button known from Elite pads. The changes will also apply to triggers and bumpers, which will have a different texture, more rounded shapes, and their behavior will be more predictable and natural.

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"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," explained Whitaker.

The new controller is to hit the market at a similar time as the Xbox Series X, that is around winter holidays. Of course, assuming if Microsoft's plans aren't thwarted by the novel coronavirus, which cannot be ruled out. The price of the device is not yet known.