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The Xbox One controller will last forever…

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…Well, in gaming terms of forever at least. We’ve spoken before about how we kind of dig the Xbox One controller, one of the few aspects of the console that Microsoft has gotten right so far. I’d gladly keep a controller like that around. Especially when it has the lifespan of a decade of hard gaming.

Speaking to PocketLint, Microsoft accessories and hardware manager Bob Brown explained how the controller was being tested and tweaked to survive ten years of sweaty hands and inevitable impulse bataranging during particularly frustrating games.

That includes setting the controllers up in special rigs that push buttons constantly. "Each button gets pressed over and over, between 4-5 times a second," Brown said. According to Microsoft, that’s a lifespan of at least 7-10 years, if not longer.

Right now, the current Xbox One controller can handle over 3 million thumb slams, with each push of a button being monitored to see that activity does occur. As for the rest of the controller, the analogue sticks are also being tested for durability. That’s the one issue I had with the current Xbox 360 controllers.

That rubber wears off after a year or two of gaming, and while you can by covers to add some extra grip to the sticks, a harder plastic would have been a better solution in the first place.

After seven years, my original controller bit the dust two months ago. I decided to give it a Viking funeral, which you can see in our upcoming review of the Razer Sabretooth controller. But here’s a sneak peek.

Yeah, this happened

How about you though? Do you still have your original controller?

Last Updated: May 30, 2013


  1. I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings!


    Duncan Supports Xbox One…


    • HvR

      May 30, 2013 at 14:55

      MS probably sings Princes of the Universe at the start of every board meeting.
      “We’ve got to be the rulers of you all, we have no rival, no man can be our equal”
      Some how I can picture Ballmer doing a good fat Mercury impression.


  2. Rinceandspit...

    May 30, 2013 at 14:43

    Darry, they left you have access to an AXE?


  3. mancera

    May 30, 2013 at 14:57

    still have my original, and then some.

    somehow i ended up with 3 extra controllers… at least i think it’s 3


  4. TiMsTeR1033

    May 30, 2013 at 15:02

    I got mine. But in times like this i wanna kill my 360 and get a ps3 instead, just for all this bullshit Ms has done to us. I feel robbed when playing xbox live. Damn you Steve Ballbag! you screwed over microsoft! bring back BILL GATES!!!!!!


    • owenmin

      May 30, 2013 at 15:16

      You feel robbed paying 3.99 a month?


      • TiMsTeR1033

        May 30, 2013 at 15:24

        NO I feel robbed cause I was a loyal ms fan with the 360 and now they wanna ass rape us 360 fans with all their bullshit DRM and TV, oh and NFL FANTASY LEAGUE with xbone and see how many people are watching a show and charge you if theres too many people! MS is ass raping you ALL! by all meaning anyone who has an 360. They basically saying “its our way or the highway people” if I could Id take my 3.99 and wipe my ass with it and then give it to Ms, and put a little extra in with a note saying ” Dear Ms thank you for ruining gaming with xbox one”


  5. Khulani Ndlovu

    May 30, 2013 at 15:03

    The immortal Xbox One controller, that’s pretty, feed it to the Chainsaw Massacre & see if it survives, 😉


  6. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    May 30, 2013 at 15:07

    I have 5 of them. Got 3 for free with bundle deals. Ones trigger stopped working and one’s bumper is dodgy.


  7. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    May 30, 2013 at 15:08

    Do you have to be called Bob or Phil to work at Microsoft?


    • HvR

      May 30, 2013 at 16:06

      Steve is also acceptable as long as your not in a management position


  8. Trevor Davies

    May 30, 2013 at 15:18

    Am I the only one who thought Office Space?


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