When the original Xbox launched, it came with an often mocked but dearly loved, by us with larger hands, giant controller. The hefty peripheral was known as the Xbox Duke Controller. That very controller is getting a new lease on life thanks to Hyperkin who will be releasing an updated version for $69.99 at the end of March.
The controller has been approved by Microsoft and features an OLED screen in the middle of the controller that plays the original boot up sequence you saw on TV when turning on your Xbox, bumper buttons and is supported by PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Seamus Blackley was the father of the original controller and not only did he come up with the idea of re-releasing the controller and making a concept, he was involved all the way with the new controller. He explains to CNET that Hyperkin contacted Microsoft looking for a startup video that would be applied to the OLED display on the controller without going through him. Only problem, the startup sequence of the original Xbox wasn’t a video, it was running code to make the display happen.
These Microsoft guys are all running around trying to find it, freaking out … and I’m laughing my ass off because it’s all procedural.