The Xbox 360 controller is touted as possibly the greatest game-pad of all time. Thanks to that impressive status, it became the go to game-pad for PC users to plug into their computers. I mean why not? If there is a controller that is supposed to be literally the best ever crafted, then why wouldn’t I want it for my PC games as well? So when Microsoft announced is had made some 40 improvements to the controller with the new Xbox One controller, people were understandably ready to plug that sucker into their PCs for improved gaming. But not so fast…
Xbox Controller: No More Rechargeable Battery?!
Even though its ability to be used on PCs is one of the things that kept the controller so popular outside of the system itself, the new controller will lack that function until some time in 2014. This seems silly considering the console is design by Microsoft, the biggest PC company in the world. You would think that they could have slipped in PC compatibility at some point pretty easily. You’d think that after the 100 million dollars they spent on developing the thing, that they could have taken into account plugging it into the USB port of a PC. Apparently that isn’t much worth looking into for now though.
At least that is the only dumb thing they did with the controller. I mean 40 improvements sounds pretty awesome. Let’s see… the D-pad is more clickable, the buttons are nicer, the joystick requires less force, no more rechargeable battery…wait WHAT!? No more rechargeable battery? Who is working on this controller? Where did all of the 100 million go that one of the ideas was to lose the rechargeable battery. I’ve got a tip for you Microsoft, PUT THE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY BACK IN! Now where is my million dollars for the improvement idea?
To be fair, Microsoft did share their line of thinking, and it starts off pretty good. See the 360 controller always had that awkward lump in the back that made it suck to play for extended periods. So, they wanted to find a remedy to this awkward battery tumor infecting all of their controllers. Two ideas were put forth, presumably by siblings who were the children of the guy in charge. The first son said that they should switch back to wired controllers, leaving rechargeable as an option only for those who want it. That way not everyone would have to deal with the lump. The Second son said that they should just shrink the battery pack so it no longer juts out awkwardly for anyone. I assume the Father, in an attempt to not hurt either sons feelings decided that both should be implemented! And so an idiotic plan came to fruition.
You see, either one of those plans would have been a great solution, but shrinking the battery pack was the obvious winner of the two. When the awkward lump disappears the need for the other solution also disappears. Microsoft saw this and said NAY! We can totally make some more money by using two redundant ideas. So now any one who wants a rechargeable pack has to buy it separately. Even though the smaller battery packs make it so nobody would complain and want a wired controller anyway.
So we lost PC compatibility for now, and the built in ability to charge our controllers. Where did all of this design money go again? Did they spend it all on a group of extremely rare monkeys and a cork board with random idea that the monkeys throw feces at to decide? For 100 million dollars I expect big improvements. I get that 40 little improvements is a great thing, but 2 big disappointments far outweighs them in my book.