Xbox Series X, Series S may get controller upgrade inspired by PlayStation 5’s DualSense

Xbox Series X and Series S could benefit from upgraded controllers in the future, Xbox head Phil Spencer has said. Spencer was recently part of a podcast where he was asked about future hardware and, without saying too much, he hinted that the Xbox team could take inspiration from PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller. The Xbox Series X controllers and Series S controllers are pretty much the same as the previous generation Xbox One controllers, with a few minor improvements.

Microsoft has taken the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach with its Xbox Series X and Series S controllers. They have the same overall feel and aesthetic as the Xbox One controller. Sony, on the other hand, has made major improvements to the technology and feel of its controller. The PS5’s DualSense controller comes with immersive haptic feedback and dynamic adaptive triggers, upgrades that have been widely appreciated by gamers. Complimenting Sony on its DualSense controller, Phil Spencer on the Kinda Funny Gamescast podcast shared that the company could bring some of that technology to the Xbox controller.

“We’re certainly thinking about different types of devices that can bring more games to more places. There’s probably some work we’re going to do on the controller. I think Sony has done a good job with their controller and we let’s sort of look into this…are there things we should go do?” Spencer said.

He followed it up though, saying “probably not in the accessories business just more bespoke right now.” Spencer also talked about VR and said that, for now, Xbox isn’t planning anything around VR or AR. He added: “In terms of VR specifically, the best experience I’ve seen is Quest 2 and I just think it’s untethered…the ease of use, whether it’s untethered in its capacity, just doesn’t require it, for me to be connected to an Xbox in any way.”


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