When I published the Xbox One S unboxing video recently it was obvious from the comments that people were really interested in the new Xbox controller. It’s no surprise: the new wireless Xbox controller has a few new features that, while not game changing, are indeed nice additions.
Obviously, as you can tell from the photo above or the video overview embedded below, there’s a new color scheme at play. I’m calling this the Stormtrooper redesign because the new Xbox One S and the accompanying controllers are all black and white. And I think it looks awesome (no surprise to DailyTekk’s YouTube subscribers). Of course, it’s a matter of opinion: some people will like the new color and some won’t, but one thing is certain: it shows dirt and grime quicker/easier than the previous black controller.
Along with the new color comes a very slight redesign which Microsoft has labeled “more streamlined.” In reality, it’s hard to notice the difference. This alone is definitely not a reason to upgrade from the previous generation.
But one new feature that is pretty awesome is the new textured grip. It’s one of the first things you’ll notice when you hold the new controller, though it’s not overly grippy (just grippier). I don’t think this is going to alter anyone’s actual game playing abilities in a major way, but I imagine people with sweatier hands will appreciate it more than others. This is a small feature addition that makes me pretty happy for some reason — probably because it makes the Xbox experience as a whole feel more thoughtful.
At this point I must take the opportunity to whole-heartedly disagree with CNET’s review which has nothing good to say about this new Xbox controller. In no way does this new controller feel cheaper than the older one and I’ve found the triggers, buttons and D-Pad to be very tactile. Plus, the control sticks are now made out of a slightly more durable material. So it’s all good as far as I’m concerned.
The biggest feature on the new Xbox controller might be the switch to Bluetooth connectivity. Now users can easily pair the controller with gadgets other than their Xbox: think PCs, tablets and even phones. In my testing, the new controller paired with my computer easily — no problems there. But I ran into some issues trying to get it paired with ...