Microsoft patents point to upgraded Xbox One controller

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Could a new Xbox One controller be about to appear? It seems Microsoft had two patents granted in December 2018 for a number of enhancements to the hardware of its Xbox One controller.

Filed back in June 2017, the patents (here and here) are focused on improving feedback on the controller's left and right triggers, as well as the level of mechanical tension achieved when holding one down.

So far, so jargon-heavy, but even small enhancements will play their part in ensuring smooth and responsive gameplay – whether you're shooting, sprinting, or cycling through menus with the Xbox One controller's triggers.

The diagrams appear to relate to the Xbox One controller, rather than the jazzier Xbox One Elite controller, though any improvements to the button and trigger mechanics in one controller are likely to be rolled out in new iterations of the other.

Every little helps

The Xbox One already has one of the most ergonomic (comfortable to hold) console controllers on the market.

The console war between Xbox and PlayStation has gone on for years now. As much as the winner will be decided by console exclusives (PlayStation 4) or sheer processing power (Xbox One X), sometimes it's the small improvements and upgrades that make all the difference.

With the next generation of Xbox consoles likely another couple of years off, though, we expect we'll be seeing more variation on the next generation of controllers than what we see here.

Via WIndowsLatest (opens in new tab)

Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.