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Xbox One Controller Went Through 200 Prototypes, Designer Reveals
Although the size of the Xbox One might not be ideal, but the controller is relatively better looking. That’s because more than 40 improvements were made over its predecessor.
However, we are not here to talk about the changes and improvements. We are here to report that the final build of the new controller, took around 200 prototypes to finalize.
The gamepad along with the console took over three years to perfect. The developers spent 500 hours testing the Xbox One controller with 1,100 different players.
In an interview, Xbox One designer Carl Ledbetter stated:
“Nobody says anything about the little things on the hardware,” Ledbetter said. “If somebody is using the controller and after 30 minutes is saying ‘my hands are starting to hurt’, then that’s a fail. But if after 30 minutes all they’re thinking about is the game, then we’re doing okay.
“At the end of the day the machine delivers this experience that you are trying to get to – whether that is a game, movie or talking on Skype.”
Ledbetter further stated that back in 2002, the company made a mistake with the original Xbox controller. He believes that even though the controller worked, it just wasn’t the right size for gamers.
The company has since learned from their mistakes which can surely be seen with there work on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers.
What do you think of the Xbox One controller? Is it better than its predecessor? Share your opinions with us in the comments below!