Microsoft's massive Xbox controller, nicknamed Duke, is staging a comeback

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Sep 21, 2017
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  1. Microsoft’s original Xbox controller is making a comeback and it’s all thanks to Seamus Blackley, a video game designer that helped Microsoft create its first console.

    The oversized gamepad, appropriately nicknamed “Duke,” shipped with the original Xbox console in 2001. While immediately recognizable, the controller was far from a hit. Game Informer called it the “Blunder of the Year” and IGN ranked it as the second worst video game controller ever (behind the Atari Jaguar’s controller). Duke even earned a Guinness World Record for the biggest controller.

    Microsoft in 2002 pulled Duke from system bundles, replacing it with a slimmer gamepad called Controller S. The supersized controller stuck around for a while longer, however, as an optional accessory.

    As Polygon highlights, Blackley has been leading the charge to bring Duke back into existence. His efforts have paid off as a replica for Xbox One and Windows 10 has been approved by Microsoft and has gone to tooling.

    The modern Duke will feature a nine-foot-long breakaway cord and a small display in the center where the Xbox logo was originally positioned.

    Hyperkin, the company behind the recent Game Boy-like mobile accessory, is participating in the comeback.

    Astute readers may notice that the two sticks in the image above are backwards. Given its rough prototype nature, it’s likely that this is a mere oversight that’ll be corrected before manufacturing.

    No word yet on pricing or availability.

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,118   +650

    As someone who has big hands, these were very comfy.
    Reehahs, fimbles and namesrejected like this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,180   +1,709

    Perhaps the sticks seem to have changed places because their interchangeable now.
  4. Thannos

    Thannos TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +9

    As someone that also has big hands, they were pretty comfortable and they didn't give me the joint and carpel tunnel pain that having my hands wrapped around the smaller controllers of today do.
    Crunch likes this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    What are they doing wrapped around some silly controller anyway? A mouse & kbd are a far easier, far more more sensible method of game control with the odd exception.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    Sounds more like they had a couple million still in the warehouse that didn't sell the first time so add a little lipstick and see if the newest generation will take the bait!
  7. Crunch

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  8. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 683   +409

    They also doubled as a pretty nice morning star.
    KIPtheLIP likes this.
  9. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 194   +77

    Christmas day playing Halo on one of these. Happy days... Although the D-PAD was an abomination.
    Reehahs likes this.

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