Microsoft has confirmed that a new Xbox controller with remapping options is coming soon. This will allow users to reconfigure the control buttons on the wireless controller as they see fit, for better comfort and a gameplay experience that adapts to the player’s needs.
The new Xbox One Elite controllers are already available for pre-order and will be normally available for purchase starting with October 27. The price will also be proportionate to the new feature however, setting back those eager to buy it $150, which many have argued is indeed a bit pricey for a controller.
Many are exciting about the new features however, as it took the gaming community by surprise. The Xbox One Elite was originally announced at this year’s E3 conference, but the company only advertised how customizable its features will be. There was no mention of remapping options at the time, which is way Xbox fans have rejoiced on hearing the updated news.
Mike Ybarra, from Microsoft’s Xbox division, has further said that, in the near-future, the remapping option will be made available for all controllers, not limiting it to the Elite version. No official date has been offered as of this point, but hinted at a possible upgrade in early November.
This will not only help gamers customize their gameplay experience as they wish, but also promises significant improvement in accessibility. The new addition will be very helpful for players with certain physical impairments, allowing them to reach more easily accessible buttons and play games they would otherwise find very difficult to do under normal circumstances.
Many regard this as an ambitious attempt from Microsoft to maintain a leading position in the so-called console wars. Earlier this year, Sony updated their Playstation 4 technology to allow for button remapping, which caused many Xbox fans to demand the same for their console.
Microsoft has made a number of announcements recently pertaining to the Xbox community. First, the company has revealed their upcoming Fallout 4 bundle, which will feature a one terabyte hard drive, a copy of the Bethesda game and the new Elite Controller. Afterwards, it was announced that the company had purchased the rights to the Havok game engine, used for the production of major AAA titles.
The latest news about the remapping option incorporated in the upcoming Elite controller is further proof, according to many, that Microsoft is committed to address the needs and concerns of their gaming community.
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