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Xbox One to support up to eight controllers simultaneously

By David Tom · 20 replies
Sep 3, 2013
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  1. It might seem like a little bit of overkill, but the upcoming Xbox One will support up to eight wireless controllers simultaneously. To put this into perspective, its predecessor allows for up to four local players to game simultaneously, while the...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    But can the One output to two TVs? You can bet it won't take the residents of a college dorm more than a couple hours after getting one to hook two TVs up in the 'study' room and get 8 people together.
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  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 989   +231

    Most exciting part of the article to me!
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,095   +864

    Wait a minute, trying to find a game that supports 4 players today is hard enough, back on PS2 it at least had a couple of good 4 player split screen games, this gen it was all about the online capability, are they going back and supporting proper 4-8 player split screen? If so, that is awesome.

    Sony will probably support the same amount of controllers though, what a strange number for PS3 though? 7? why 7? why not round it up to 8?
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 989   +231

  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    8 way split screen = a lot of screen cheating lol.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Sony had 8 player support long before Microsoft ( and dropped it, so don't expect it to ever come to the PS4. This is one of those features that sounds real fun in theory but doesn't really pan out in practice.
  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    But game developers seldom write code for accessories. If it's a part of the core game system then it's usually better supported by developers. Which is why bundling the Kinnect with the XO is a good idea. The one down-side, buying all 8 controllers would cost almost as much as the system itself.

    Party games would be uh-may-zing! I'm picturing an epic Bomberman battle :)
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    9Nails True, but I doubt there will be more than a small handful of games that actually support 8 players. Is it a cool feature? Yeah, I guess. But I'm not expecting anything major to come out of it other than a few party games, as you mentioned.
  10. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Anything more than 4 players on a screen or splitscreen is literally a waste of time unless you have a 100" TV I am guessing you would need around 200-300" TV to make it so your not getting 8 tiny boxes on your TV so you can actually see what your doing and whos in the background.

    TBH 8 player splitscreen is massively stupid if this was 2050 where we all had 300" TV's then ye but otherwise no.
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,044   +206

    how can this be in any way hard, they work on most pc games, hell I even have a ps2 controller adapter to work on pc, these greedy fkers just want more money
    btw the 8 people is amazing, if to scrunched u could use 2 tvs. or have like a driver and shooter in some games think think
  12. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    If only you could trust M$ again after the "always online" fiasco... other than that this would be great.
  13. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    There are TVs out there that can play multiple inputs at the same time. I was installing Dish Network services at a customers house last week, his little girl was playing the WiiU while I was installing the receiver, I thought she was playing on the controller but she was looking at the TV more than the controller. It was a Samsung TV with what I thought were 3d glasses. So, if somehow this feature could be allowed on one input, it would work with one TV... or use two outputs from xbox to TV as if there were two TVs...
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I'm pretty sure it can have 8? PS Move has two controllers, x4 players = 8 controllers. The total number of bluetooth devices is even higher.
  15. Heihachi1337

    Heihachi1337 TS Rookie Posts: 49   +11

    I can't imagine this working too well on anything smaller than 50 inches. I guess this is supposed to convince people they need an 80" television now?
  16. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,044   +206

    Most people have at least 2 tvs one being 40+ inches. So yeah you will likely be able to use 2 tvs...
  17. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    The most games I know that supported a 4+ controllers have been sports games. I used to wonder why there so many controller slots on this old basketball game I played on ps1
  18. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,245   +414

    I was gonna say I can only see this being useful for sports games and you are going to need a fairly large tv for it to be an enjoyable experience 50+ inches!
  19. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    I don't even know how this is going to work. This just sounds like a weird feature, though im curious what games will have 8 way on one console.

    7 on PS4 Burty117, that is an odd number for controllers lol.

    Well lets all think of it this way, every player can get their own Individual Core from the processor :p
  20. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 567   +66

    The article says 8 controllers maybe not purely limited to 8 joypads?? You ever thought a player could potentially have two control methods each in some games. But yeah 8 players on one screen is a bit over kill and I could see it being very low frame rates so uselsss.
  21. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,178   +207

    8 player bomberman would be awesome.

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