An official Microsoft Xbox 360 controller remake is on the way thanks to the gaming peripheral maker Hyperkin (opens in a new tab). Hyperkin plans to reintroduce the controller to the market as the Hyperkin Xenon, named after the Xbox 360 codename. The updated controller is intended to be true to the original design, but will gain some modern features .
The Hyperkin Xenon will have a modernized menu, view and share buttons, and gain a 3.5mm headphone jack alongside a USB-C cable. You’ll be able to get it in 360-era Xbox white as well as black, pink, and red.
Hyperkin is a name you may have heard before if you’re a retro gaming enthusiast, or it’s a name you heard because you know how they resurrected Xbox’s first giant controller, Duke. The one so big you can’t really use it (opens in a new tab).
“Someone is young enough to refer to this as the ‘original’ Xbox controller to their friends,” said PC Gamer Senior Editor. Wes Fenlon (opens in a new tab), a phrase that caused me some consternation. I am now old enough to have a generation of games in which I deliberately jumped up owning a console would be considered retro, I guess. At 17, the Xbox 360 controller isn’t old yet…but compared to hardware released this year, it’s as old as a Sinclair ZX80 or Atari 800 when the Nintendo 64 came out. Or as old as the Sega Mega Drive was when the Xbox 360 came out.
Hyperkin’s Xenon design is impressive, I admit, and a lot of people will be delighted to be able to buy a brand new controller in their favorite style. There is even marketing! Packaging!
But I have to ask… what’s the point of doing this again? The best pc controllers (opens in a new tab) are evolutions of the 360 controller design. And you can buy them… everywhere. Yet 17 years later, you can find them in thrift or charity shops and on online forums like Craigslist. You can find a thousand brand new knockoffs for $15-20 at any given game market. It has been my controller of choice for years for this reason: if it stops working, I can get a new one for up to $5. Sure, some new buttons are cool, but you don’t need unless you are using a current gen console.
Either way, if this remake of The Duke was meant for anyone, this remake is meant for a much larger group of people. You can actually put your hands around, after all.
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