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Microsoft says XBone Controller will last up to 10 years

by Stephanie Duchenne (Panda McBearface)  Posted Monday, June 03, 2013 8:50:00 AM


The re-designed Xbox One controller which will be released to accompany the new-gen console later this year will last gamers 7 to 10 years, if not longer according to a statement released by Microsoft. The controlly has been subjected to rigorous testing over the past 6 months in an effort to determine whether it’s tough enough to withstand the daily multi-button-mashings many gamers are likely to give it.


 The test method consists of repeatedly pushing each button on the controller every 4-5 seconds – and the 20 controllers being tested have thus far been subjected to around 2 million button presses each. The buttons are connected to a computer so that Microsoft can check that each button being pressed is delivering the correct response. They are also testing the analogue sticks to discover which points within them receive the most stress and identify a solution to reduce this.

Although the design of the controller has been finalised, testing still continues and according to “the latest batch are withstanding over 3 million button presses - way over the target - and way beyond the 10-year projected lifespan of the new console.

I guess that’s pretty cool, although I’m not really sure how much of an innovation this is when I consider that I’ve had the same Xbox 360 controller since around 2006 if I remember correctly. The only time mine ever “broke” was when I was stupid enough to lose the battery pack. To be fair though, mine isn’t exactly subjected to daily button beatings because I am extremely casual in my gaming habits.

At least this (hopefully) establishes that the Xbox One will be around for a while before another new-gen console is shoved down our throats.

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