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News hardware & software 14 July 2021, 19:04

author: Michael Kulakowski

Phil Spencer Praises PS5's DualSense and Thinks About Upgrades to Xbox Controller

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's gaming division, spoke positively on PlayStation 5's controller, and hinted that he's not ruling out a new version of the Xbox Series X|S gamepad in the future that would take advantage of the competition's ideas.

New generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles brought with it not only more powerful hardware but also refreshed versions of dedicated controllers. Microsoft bet on the proven shape and solutions used by its previous gamepads. Sony, on the other hand, has gone for a fresh take, significantly changeing the gamepad that received only a few cosmetic updates across the last two decades. During an interview the Kinda Funny Gamescast podcast, Phil Spencer, who leads Microsoft's gaming division, had some very warm words for the competition's device.

"We’re definitely thinking about different kinds of devices that can bring more games to more places. There’s probably some work that we’ll do on the controller. I think Sony’s done a nice job with their controller and we kind of look at some of that and there are things that we should go do."

The head of Microsoft's gaming division made it clear that the company has no plans to introduce any new accessories for PC and Xbox consoles in the near future. In this case, he stressed that he also meant any kind of VR or AR goggles. According to Spencer, the best experience with VR for the average consumer at the moment is provided by Oculus Quest 2, which does not need to be connected to a PC or a console.

Spencer does not rule out that his company will take the example of Sony and present a refreshed version of the gamepad with, for example, haptic vibration, which are one of the main advantages of the device used by the competition. Let's add that earlier this year, Xbox users were even sent surveys, in which Microsoft asked directly if they would like to see additional options in their controllers.

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