Something that a lot of players of the original Xbox might not remember is the Xbox Duke controller, a massive and unwieldy video game controller that was the bane of many Xbox players’ existence before the console got the new standard controller that’s remained on its consoles to this day.
But now, it seems that Microsoft is okaying that the company Hyperkin will be able to remake the Duke controller and distribute it, so if you’re one of those people that might be nostalgic for it, here’s your chance to get it.
Hyperkin is able to redistribute the Xbox Duke controller due to the actions of Seamus Blackley, who is one of the people responsible for creating the Xbox division at Microsoft. Blackley announced that the Duke re-production is moving forward on social media, though there isn’t a release date for the revamped controller yet.
The Xbox Duke controller was the original controller that came with the Xbox when it was first released back in 2001. Though the controller was never officially called the Duke, it got the nickname due to its huge size, and was apparently unpopular enough that Microsoft went to the much smaller and more easily holdable Japanese controller for the Xbox S. And after that, they never went back.
With the announcements the past few years that Microsoft would be implementing backwards compatibility for both the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox, the Duke controller has also been confirmed to be compatible with those emulated titles when they are released.
Hyperkin and Microsoft will soon finalize the release date and price for the game when it’s finally ready to go into mass production, but for now we’ll just have to keep on the lookout for any information about when the new Duke controller will actually be released to the public.