Owners of the original Xbox probably remember the substantial controller that came with it known lovingly as “The Duke.” The huge controller was designed for real sized hands, at least that’s what we tell ourselves since we loved the controller, but was replaced by the smaller controllers during the Xbox life cycle.
What does this all have to do with gaming on today’s machines? Well thanks to the announcement during the Xbox Conference, we know the Xbox One will be getting original Xbox backwards compatibility. So what better time for Hyperkin Games to announce they are remaking the Duke for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
The nicknamed “Duke” controller for the original Xbox was big, bold and tough. On June 11, Hyperkin, a video game hardware development company from Los Angeles, announced that – in partnership with Xbox – it is bringing back The Duke for the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X) and Windows 10 PCs. Hyperkin’s Research and Development team sought the assistance and the blessing of Seamus Blackley, who played an integral part in the original Xbox team.
The Duke sports a faithful recreation of the original controller’s form-factor with some updated features: a logo display screen, left and right bumpers, and a 9 ft. detachable cable.
The Duke is set to release Holiday 2017 although no price has been announced yet.