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Xbox One can handle 8 controllers connected at once

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In a bit of a strange turn of events it has been revealed that the Xbox One will be able to handle 8 connected controllers at one time which got me wondering why Microsoft would even do that. Do they have some plans to release titles that will require gamers to use multiple controllers?

I can’t imagine any local multiplayer game taking 8 players simultaneously simply due to the lack of screen real estate in 99% of cases. What is interesting about the Xbox One and its controller + Kinect 2 features is that the console will keep track of which player is currently holding the controller.

So imagine you only have one controller and you are taking turns to try and get the highest score in Trials HD. You take your turn and score an achievement for not crashing into the very first barrel on the course.

Then after you are done you simply pass the controller to your mate and the Xbox One will instantly change the active profile to his; meaning that he can then unlock that same achievement in his run. I’ve seen this happen live in our Xbox One tour and it really is quite impressive and seamless. But again points to even less reason to have 8 controllers connected at once since you can share controllers even easier than ever before?

Last Updated: September 3, 2013


  1. Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

    September 3, 2013 at 08:01

    Header lulz


    • Airborne

      September 3, 2013 at 08:47

      Yup, Gavin left the cox out!


      • OVG

        September 3, 2013 at 08:54

        I bet he drinks more than the entire team.


  2. CaptainNemo42

    September 3, 2013 at 08:01

    Wow, nice improvement over the seven the PS3 was capable of. Still don’t know why you want to do that, but… cool.


  3. Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    September 3, 2013 at 08:03

    Technology sure has come a long way hey ….


  4. Sargon

    September 3, 2013 at 08:07

    I was going to post a meaningful and interesting comment. But then I realised that it is release day for Rome Total War 2 and that BT games opens soon! Gotta pick it up asap!

    Also… PC. 😉


    • George

      September 3, 2013 at 11:25

      Heh? No no. You made me go have a double check my preorder email I got from BT Games earlier today. It’s still only Friday.


  5. TiMsTeR1033

    September 3, 2013 at 08:09

    halo 5! 8 man split screen hahaha


  6. HeniQpotter

    September 3, 2013 at 08:15

    I can think of NFL and Fifa (and some other sport games) where you might be able to play 4-a-side, but again, I don’t think I have enough space in front of my TV for 8 people to have a clear view of the screen.


    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 3, 2013 at 08:42

      If you have a big tv will be okay…


      • HeniQpotter

        September 3, 2013 at 09:18

        Lol, I just went and checked some prices on HD projectors, Its ridiculous. I have a 59′ LED and when I invite my 5 mates over we have to move everything in my living room just to have proper seating. I think the 8 controllers thing is just a ploy to cover the fact that Xbox gamers (like myself) has complained that 4 is just not enough. Or maybe they know something we don’t… 🙂


    • Tbone187

      September 3, 2013 at 14:02

      8 player Fifa would be quite awesome…


  7. Pieter Kruger

    September 3, 2013 at 08:20

    Gaming Tournaments?


  8. Fnuik

    September 3, 2013 at 08:25

    What about a WWE game, playing Royal Rumble or a TLC match with 7 buddies will be epic!


    • JHN

      September 3, 2013 at 12:19

      I didnt even know people played WWE


      • Fnuik

        September 3, 2013 at 12:21

        They don’t, ’cause they can’t play with 7 buddies…


      • Tbone187

        September 3, 2013 at 14:01

        It actually makes a great game I reckon…


  9. ElimiNathan

    September 3, 2013 at 08:26

    Very random


  10. Sileno

    September 3, 2013 at 08:42

    Maybe they are making a split screen option still does not make space for 8 though.


    • jGLZA

      September 3, 2013 at 09:59

      TV’s are getting bigger though, split-screen in some cases aren’t so bad.


  11. Mark Treloar

    September 3, 2013 at 08:45

    Perhaps 4 people using a mouse and keyboard?


  12. OVG

    September 3, 2013 at 08:52

    Sure, if you have over R8000 under your pillow, and how does one split a widescreen into 8?


    • RinceThisandCochon!

      September 3, 2013 at 09:22

      That same way TMNT: OOTS did? Too soon? Trololo


      • HeniQpotter

        September 3, 2013 at 09:32

        I agree


    • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

      September 3, 2013 at 09:26

      90″ screen! WOOHOO!


  13. RinceThisandCochon!

    September 3, 2013 at 09:21

    I think the reason is pretty bloody clear. KINECTED indeed…


  14. jGLZA

    September 3, 2013 at 10:00

    Has nobody played Bomberman Battlefest? 8-man local versus would be insane!


  15. Tbone187

    September 3, 2013 at 13:58

    8 players could work in a game like micro machines…


  16. Brian Murphy

    September 3, 2013 at 15:08

    Not a bad feature, it’ll be rarely used I think. But for the folks who do use it, it’ll be very handy.


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