Controllers From Last Generation On New Consoles
11 Dec 2013 Taylor B 8
Gamers exhibit unprecedented loyalty to their console of choice. One of the most prominent arguments levied against opposing consoles centers around the ease of use of their controllers (i.e.; the controls suck, it doesn’t make sense, and I hate it).
Having had a chance to spend just a few hours on an Xbox One, I can personally reaffirm, based on current research, that a good controller is still essential to satisfying gameplay. Controller design is one area in which Microsoft has fallen short, this generation. The redesign of the Xbox controller feels more similar to the second edition of the controller for the original Xbox than to the more ergonomic controller released with the Xbox 360.
Simply put, the controller for the Xbox One, though its functionality may be superior, is painful to use. Maybe it’s because I have smaller hands than the controller was designed for (although it isn’t significantly different in size than the 360 controller), but my left hand started to cramp as soon as I started playing and didn’t stop aching for hours afterwards. It’s not the end of the world and won’t dissuade me from appreciating what the Xbox One has to offer; it’s just worth consideration.
If you really don’t like the native controller for your console, though, you can fix that. For the first time, you’ll be able to use another console’s controller for your brand new next generation system! Futuristic!
The efficacy of the device that makes this possible, CronusMAX, is still under investigation, as the product is very new. Because it’s relatively inexpensive, though, we hope to hear more about how it works very soon. We do, however, have confirmation in the form of video that the device exists and appears to function.
What’s of interest at present is the prospect of being able to use older controllers for our new consoles as well as mix and match brands from controller to console. The possible combinations of consoles and controllers are nearly endless!
If all goes as planned for CronusMAX; we’ll have support for keyboards, Wii controllers, your mom’s chest hairs, and various other console controllers this generation.Taylor B (4 Posts)
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