Xbox controller may get DualSense-like features in the future, suggests Phil Spencer

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Xbox controller may get DualSense-like features in the future, suggests Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer, Xbox boss, suggested that Microsoft add DualSense features to its pad based on the PS5 tech.

You’ll be forgiven if you think you have the same Xbox Series X/S pad like the one on Xbox One. They are remarkably similar, both functionally and visually.

However, the pad could see some updates shortly (thanks, VGC). Spencer stated that Xbox wouldn’t receive major hardware accessories, such as a VR headset, anytime soon. However, the pad could see some improvements shortly.

“When I think of our hardware roadmap, I really love Liz Hamren and the work they’ve done,” he said during the interview.

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“We are looking at different types of devices that can bring more gaming to more places. We’ll probably do some tweaks to the controller. We think Sony has done a great job with the controller.

It’s not surprising that DualSense would inspire him. The DualSense has adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. There is even a microphone built-in.

However, the DualSense’s battery life is only 417 hours before players experience stick drift. This estimate is less optimistic. Alex Donaldson, our tester of the DualSense’s battery life, also pointed out that it is not what you would expect from the modern-day kit. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to play a bit of Forza or other games, this is a better option than using four AA batteries.

Microsoft has not yet announced anything about a new pad, so we can assume that whatever the platform holder is cooking is still in the research-and-development phase.

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