Microsoft To Bring Back Absurdly-Sized But Much-Loved Duke Controller

Microsoft To Bring Back Absurdly-Sized But Much-Loved Duke Controller
Image Source: Hyperkin GamesInc/YouTube (screenshot)

Microsoft’s Xbox One will get the oversized controller called the Duke, according to Polygon. The Xbox maker will collaborate with the accessory maker Hyperkin to bring back the controller from the original Xbox console. Microsoft is also working on adding backward compatibility for the original Xbox to Xbox One.

Duke controller will be limited edition

This newer version of the Duke controller will be advanced with a few tweaks, but the form factor will not change. Hyperkin will update the controller with a logo display screen, a 9-foot detachable cable, and right and left bumpers, notes Polygon. The description accompanying the YouTube video describes the retro controller as “a faithful recreation of the original controller’s form-factor with some updated features.”

The Duke, which is a little on the abnormal side from a size point of view, was later adjusted by Microsoft to fit in average human hands. However, the Duke did make its place in the heart of Xbox enthusiasts. In its official release, Hyperlink stated that the controller will be a very limited edition, and every unit will be numbered for the sake of collectibility. Hyperlink did not mention the release date or the price of the Duke.

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What will the Microsoft Xbox One X be like?

Microsoft did unveil the Xbox One X, one of the most powerful revelations at its Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 (E3) in Los Angeles. The Xbox One X, which was known as Project Scorpio until now, will hit the shelves on November 7 and be priced at around $499. There are close similarities between the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, but the latter is smaller in design. Microsoft added that the the Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox console ever.

Microsoft’s new console has six teraflops of processing power, compared to the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro’s four teraflops. Microsoft’s Xbox One X is powered by 12 GB of GDR5 memory and features 326 GB/s of bandwidth. Like the Xbox One S, Microsoft’s upcoming console supports 4K video streaming. Though the specs are great, fans did say that the name is a little bit of a tongue twister, notes the BBC.

Ovum analyst Paul Jackson stated, “I suspect we’ll get used to it – the same way we got used to the Wii and Wii U.”

With its new console, Microsoft is looking to tap early adopters who want the best devices, according to Piers Harding-Rolls, a gaming analyst at IHS Technology.

Microsoft’s new console will be compatible with all Xbox One games. Harding-Rolls believes that though this will fascinate fans, many gamers will like to play new games exclusively made for the console.

The Xbox One X will be VR-compatible, which was not revealed at E3. Although it will be priced a little high, the company promises that the upcoming console will enhance the gaming experience for even those who do not have a 4K television. However, it remains to be seen if the company can deliver on what it is claiming.

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