Ergonomics, Kinect IR trackers, and wired functionality, among explained features.
Microsoft has released a new video that delves into a few aspects of the new Xbox One controller. Probably the biggest change mentioned is an ergonomic focus on various different controller handling techniques. All told, the shift in the battery location, the changes to the analog stick, the modification of the triggers, and even the drastic changes for the d-pad all seem to come back to the same root purpose, to make a controller similar to the 360 controller that can be held more comfortably by a greater number of people.
Aside from the grand ergonomic shift, which breaks down into little detailed changes, are features such as the IR trackers that allow the Kinect sensor to know which player is holding which controller, the controller's new wired controller ability. Much has been made of the new vibration motors in the triggers, but the change from mechanical triggers to digital is far more likely to affect play. Likewise, the new analog sticks promise a vastly reduced dead zone, while the new d-pad features a new switch design to help it reach respectability.
Author: Brian Hoss