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Rumor: Next Xbox Controller Will Have Touchscreen

Xbox World magazine claims that Microsoft's next Xbox console will include a Wii U-like touchscreen controller.

Based on info provided by unnamed sources, the magazine states that the next Xbox will be "a matt-black media hub with a mission to bring games to life in your living room with augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect."

Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with a tablet-like controller shape similar to Sony's PlayStation Vita rather than borrow Nintendo's Wii U "bulky unit." The article also describes the controller as to having an HD screen surrounded by the traditional buttons and sticks.

"That touchcreen will be second only to Kinect in how you operate your console," the magazine claims. "It could be a remote control when you're watching TV, a browser when you're on the internet, extra buttons and information when you're playing a game or a portable display when you want to take your game with you."

"Microsoft is playing it safe with the CPU and GPU but running wild with the functions that will change how you play, but it won't be cheap," the magazine adds.

GameSpot made a similar accusation last month, saying the next Xbox console will be tablet-based. It's speculated that a premium Xbox 720/Next/Loop setup could include a base station, a tablet, a conventional controller, and the recently discussed high-def evolution of the Kinect.

This could seemingly spell certain doom for Nintendo if Microsoft releases a more powerful console with a tablet-like controller. Also in Microsoft's cross-platform arsenal would be Windows 8 for desktops and notebooks, Windows 8 for tablets, and Windows Phone, seemingly backing Nintendo up into its little two-console corner.

  • tomc100
    Microsoft, not a single original thought or idea that they can't steal.
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  • senkasaw
    Sweet! I have been looking forward to the day when each controller would cost $200...can't wait! This is obviously a step in the right direction...
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  • chiefbox
    Next Xbox will be an AMD SoC ~:
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  • billybobser
    Not being funny, but if you have something like the kinect, why the hell do you need a touch screen.

    The only reason touch screen is popular, is because gesturing is not easily implemented.

    Touch screens are terrible if you're trying to look at something, as you are always obscuring your vision with your hand, and if you're not meant too look, buttons are more responsive, cheaper, durable and feelable.

    What they should be working on is a headset screen combined with the kinect, so you can turn around in a game (unless ofc you have a screen encircling you), not pissing around with 'old' technology.
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  • bison88
    Hopefully this rumor turns out to be premeditated crap in the end. While this motion sensor touch screen stuff sounds cool and futuristic, the expectations of most people will be much higher than what it'll most likely achieve. Simply put it wont be enjoyable, nor will it work for most game varieties.

    I know Microsoft and Sony aren't stupid enough to follow Nintendo's lame duck console strategy and will still rely on old fashioned remotes for the foreseeable future....at least I hope or it'll be back to PC Gaming for this guy.
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  • n8dogg
    I guess I may have to think twice about smashing my controller on the ground when playing NHL 2012 online.........
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  • senkasaw
    Seriously, I really don't get it...how will a touch screen improve my gaming experience? I would rather they spend time money and effort into increasing processing potential. I want better graphics, more sophisticated AI, more realistic animations...things that require better hardware and drivers. A touchscreen wont make an ounce of difference where it counts (for most gamers imo). This feels more like a lame marketing ploy than anything else. If they are so bent on messin' with the controller, why don't they put an accelerometer in that bad boy so that when I am getting a little bit too involved in my racing game (you know what I mean, physically turning the controller...with the subconscious hope that it will somehow make your vehicle turn faster in the game) it actually does something...now that would be cool. And much easier to implement than un-useful touchscreen functionality.
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  • rangas
    first was nintendo and the wii motion controller, soon enough sony and microsoft made their gimmicks.

    nintendo is always innovating and thats why i love them, go nintendo
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  • Katzie
    I like the touchscreen idea. While it would be cool to see say your inventory on there, a touchscreen is more than just eyecandy. You could do certain motions with your thumb(s) while still holding on the controller using the push buttons to maybe cast a spell, do a move or other stuff. Think outside the box.
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  • senkasaw
    KatzieI like the touchscreen idea. While it would be cool to see say your inventory on there, a touchscreen is more than just eyecandy. You could do certain motions with your thumb(s) while still holding on the controller using the push buttons to maybe cast a spell, do a move or other stuff. Think outside the box.
    Ok...good point. I could see those things as being useful.
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