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Phil Spencer: Sony Has Done a Nice Job with PS5 DualSense, Xbox Controller Could be Updated

Phil Spencer: Sony Has Done a Nice Job with PS5 DualSense, Xbox Controller Could be Updated - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2021 / 1,768 Views

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer speaking in the latest Kinda Funny Gamescast said it is unlikely Xbox would release any major accessories like a virtual reality headset in the near future. However, he did suggest Xbox might update its controller. 

"When I think about our hardware roadmap, and I really love the evolution of Liz Hamren's team and the work that they've done," said Spencer. 

Spencer added Sony did a nice job with its PlayStation 5 DualSense controller and there are features in it he would like to see in the Xbox controller. 

"We're definitely thinking about different kinds of devices that can bring more games to more places. There’s probably some work that we’ll do on the controller," he said. "I think Sony's done a nice job with their controller and we kind of look at some of that and there are things that we should go do.

"But we are probably not in the more bespoke accessories place right now. We just look at what happens on Windows and other places and see if there’s a unique opportunity for us. Right now I don't think there’s anything that’s obvious to me."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Blood_Tears (on 14 July 2021)

Makes sense for MS to copy Sony again as they have the superior controller. They did the same thing with the share button and they’ll now likely do it again with the Dualsense.

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Pemalite Blood_Tears (on 14 July 2021)

The share button made sense as they abolished Kinect support... And along with it, voice commands to record video/take screenshots.

But it's no secret that Sony/Nintendo and Microsoft all pinch and borrow ideas from one another, the PS5 controller design definitely feels like it borrowed it's ergonomics from Xbox for example.

Hoping that Microsoft implements the resistive triggers feature, it's actually the best part of the PS5 controller.

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KratosLives Pemalite (on 14 July 2021)

I'm not sure if the dual sense is better than ds4. Materials wise and design it seems better, as is the strength of the rumble. However It may be a little too heavy/large for my liking. Since I go back and forth between my new ds4 and dual sense, I' ve noticed after long gaming sessions, from grip neutral position, exting my left fingers to reach the l2/r2 button seems slighly longer than on ds4, which results in slight fatigue, finger joint slight discomfort, since it has to strech out further. I will have to assess it further. However overall i'm pleased with it.

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smroadkill15 Blood_Tears (on 14 July 2021)

I hope so too. An Xbox controller with dualsense features would put it above the rest with the superior ergonomic design ;). Hopefully Sony gets a quick resume feature because that is a true game changer as well.

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KratosLives smroadkill15 (on 14 July 2021)

Switch pro is better

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shikamaru317 (on 14 July 2021)

Good news. While I like the ergonomics and the new D-pad on the Xbox Series controller, I was massively disappointed by the lack of innovation when it comes to haptic feedback, they just reused the "HD" rumble motors from the 2013 Xbox One controller, which are outdated even compared to Switch's HD rumble, and majorly outdated compared to the new haptics on the DualSense.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 15 July 2021)

The copy and pasting begins!
Share button step one
Adaptive triggers step two
Haptic feedback step there for Xbox hahaha!

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Tridrakious (on 14 July 2021)

I'll give Phil Spencer credit. He keeps Xbox in the spotlight.

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KratosLives Tridrakious (on 14 July 2021)

They need don mattrick back, he was ahead of his time.

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Azzanation (on 14 July 2021)

Please add a microphone for chat, i know its not ideal but sometimes i cbf putting on a headset. Also dont charge to utilise the new features in games otherwise you will see two birds from me.

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Ayla (on 14 July 2021)
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