Spencer says DualSense features could come to Xbox controller

Spencer says DualSense features could come to Xbox controller

The head of Microsoft's games business Phil Spencer has said that some of the new features from the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller could come to Xbox gamepads.

Appearing on the Kinda Funny Gamescastas reported by VGC – the exec complimented Sony's hardware and said that it was thinking about where its own Xbox controller could evolve in the future. The DualSense introduced a variety of new features, such as adaptive triggers and more detailed haptic feedback.

“When I think about our hardware roadmap, and I really love the evolution of [CVP of Xbox consumer product and engineering] Liz Hamren’s team and the work that they’ve done,” Spencer said.

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. I think Sony’s done a nice job with their controller and we kind of look at some of that and [think] there are things that we should go do.

“But [we’re] probably not in the more bespoke accessories place right now,” he added. “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.”

Microsoft has previously teased this possibility, asking Xbox Series X and S owners earlier this year whether they would be interested in features from the DualSense controller.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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