The Xbox Series X|S uses a controller that is remarkably similar to the Xbox One controller, with it even being compatible with both console generations. However, it lacks the fancy features of the PS5’s DualSense controller, and it appears Microsoft could be considering some sort of upgrade in the future–or it’s at least asking players if they’d want that.
Spotted by TechRadar, a survey being sent out to certain Xbox Series X|S users asks a number of questions about their thoughts on the console thus far, including if it feels faster than previous systems and feels like a complete next-gen upgrade. But it also mentions PlayStation by name, asking if players are aware of PlayStation controllers’ features and whether they want them on the Xbox controller.
Those features include motion control, advanced haptic feedback, and, most notably, the adaptive triggers on the PS5’s DualSense. These allow for variable response depending on the game and situation, adding increased tension or rumble. They can simulate the force necessary to pull back a bow or even the recoil from a gun, and are showcased heavily in the pre-installed game Astro’s Playroom.
Sony has been using motion control in its controllers in one form or another since the PS3. Microsoft experimented with it on the Xbox One via Kinect, but without support for that peripheral on Xbox Series X|S, it’s currently not an option.
Xbox is no stranger to large controller revisions, with its very first “Duke” controller on the original Xbox getting replaced by a much smaller design that repositioned buttons. In that case, the revision was to make the design more comfortable for those without enormous hands.