Xbox One Controller is used to play games on Xbox One and other gaming consoles including Windows PC. It is also referred as Xbox One Wireless Controller which is also compatible with other operating systems like Android, Linux, iOS, and macOS beside to Windows. The basic design up to now is consistent which was introduced in Xbox 360 Controller. With the time new design changes are introduced in later models which also includes some new features like analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and triggers.
Up to now Xbox One Controller has three revisions where each revision got several changes to design and features of course. Beside to regular controller there is also an Elite Wireless Controller with some premium features especially aiming for pro-gamers where you can interchange parts & program according to custom needs. Moreover, each model is available different color, while some variations also offer special designs for specific games.
Xbox One controller Models, Intro & History
Xbox One Controller Design History
A standard controller for Xbox One have ten digital buttons, one sync button, two analog sticks and two analog triggers. Beside to that, there is also a digital D-Pad, on the right side you can see four digital action button with names as A, B, X & Y. On the lower right side you can see the right analog stick and there is a digital D-Pad on the lower left side. At upper left face you can see the left analog stick, both sticks can be clicked on to activate another digital button on controller. In center you can see digital buttons named as View, Menu, and Guide. There is Xbox Logo on “Guide” button which you can use to turn-on console & Controller and access dashboard. The right & left shoulders on controller also hold buttons which are sometimes also known as bumper & analog trigger.
The overall layout is same in Xbox One Controller as it was found in Xbox 360 Controller. But a few enhancements can be seen which includes grips, smoother build, battery compartment removal and replacement of “start” & “back” buttons with “Menu” & “View” buttons. There is also a light indicator to track your Xbox One Controller beside to that it can also be paired with Kinect Sensor. You can also find a micro USB port when you are looking to use it as wired enhancement with compatible gaming console.
The latest version of Xbox One Controller also features new textured rim on analog sticks. On the other side the D-pad is also re-designed to get a traditional 4-way design rather a circular 8-way design from 360 controller. The criticism from fighting games players plays some role behind the design change of D-pad. Similarly, the bumpers & trigger buttons at shoulders also got new curved shape to naturally cater the fingers & respective angles.
Xbox One Controllers Models Timeline
In mid 2015, Microsoft unveiled an new version of standard controller and named it as 1697. The shoulder buttons were redesigned for better experience along with 3.5 mm headphone jack.
This is third revision of controller and is named as 1708, and is unveiled in 2016 mid along with Xbox One S console. This release have support for Bluetooth specifically to enable the wireless connection with gaming consoles. Beside to that there are textured grips to enhance user experience. There is also an option to customize your order by using the “Xbox Design Lab” with your own color choice and an optional inscription for Xbox Live screen name but this costs an extra fee. The available standard colors in the market includes white, black, red, & blue along with some other limited edition colors.
Model Xbox Series X:
An updated version of previous model is scheduled to be released in 2020 with Xbox Series X. The body is trimmed to a slightly smaller in size, the D-pad is redesigned to flat concave shape like it is in Elite Controller. Beside to all above there is also an additional “Share” button is included in new model. Another thing which you might interested to know is that you can use Xbox Series X controller with back model gaming consoles. Moreover old Xbox One controller will also be compatible with Series X console box.
What is Xbox Elite Controller? – An Overview
In October 2015, Microsoft launches Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller which is primary targeted for elite gamers or professional game players. The Elite controller basically features soft-touch plastic along with steel built. The rear paddle buttons can be either long or short, analog stick tops are little extended for better accuracy. Moreover, the D-pad can either have concave or traditional four way design. Moreover, with software the gamer can further customize the buttons and paddle mappings beside to that the sensitivity of analog sticks & triggers can also be adjusted. You can also a lot two button profiles and then can be quickly accessed.
There are also some variants available for Elite controllers which are specially designed for special games. Like special edition for Gears of War 4 have a dark red rustic color scheme with a blood splatter on front. Beside to that it also have series emblem on rear side of controller while the D-pad have an embedded weapon symbol available in-game.
Elite Controller Series 2 controllers are also scheduled to be released and it has been announced at E3 2019. It is now available for purchase since November 2019. Hopefully, the new overhaul can meet the pro-gamers expectations & needs.