Microsoft has released more pictures of the newly redesigned XBox controller for the series X. I love the saucer D pad.
Xbox Wire: Why did you decide to change the design of the D-pad?
Ryan Whitaker: The new D-pad is about boosting performance and accessibility for all the ways people play. (And it’s one of my favorite parts of the new design.) When looking at the wide range of game genres and personal playstyles today, the D-pad is used in a lot of different ways. That’s why our Elite controllers have swappable D-pads. For some games, having crisp cardinal directions (up, down, left, right) with well-defined edges is what gamers need, and the cross is great for that. Some gamers need to hit accurate diagonals or perform sweep actions, which is where the faceted dish is designed to excel. And, of course, based on personal playstyles, some people just prefer one over the other.