Microsoft’s Xbox One is set to debut this month and make its way into the hands of eager gamers everywhere and of course what you see now was definitely not how the console was imagined at the start, and the same could be said about the console’s controller as well. In fact last we heard, the Xbox One’s controller almost came with an integrated display and smell-o-vision but as it turns out, that was only the tip of the iceberg. Speaking at GigaOm’s Roadmap conference in San Francisco, the Xbox One’s industrial design, Carl Ledbetter, revealed that the console’s controller actually went through about 200 different designs before settling on the one we see today.
While there was nothing wrong with the Xbox 360’s controller, Microsoft realized that they needed a controller that would appeal to a broader audience. Ledbetter claims that according to their research, it was found that 40% of Xbox gamers are women, meaning that the console’s controller needed to cater to potentially smaller hands as well, thus the need to go through 200 different designs before settling on one. Will the new controller be well-received by both male and female gamers everywhere? We guess we will have to wait for the reviews, but kudos to Microsoft for taking it into consideration nonetheless!