Microsoft US is planning a major overhaul of its existing Controller S, with both trigger and stick sensitivity and positioning being reviewed. As well as the analogue shake-up, the position of all buttons and the digital pad may well change.
It is widely thought that the almost forgotten black and white buttons may be scrapped, expected to be replaced with a more generic media-player or browser friendly suite of inputs.
Microsoft's pad evolution has been one of the Xbox's crowning glories. From the disastrous "burger" controller the machine launched with in the US and Europe, a rapid thinktank was established for the Japanese launch resulting in the Controller S, arguably one of the best controllers on the market to date. The revised unit then entirely replaced the "burger" and what could have been an embarrassing failure in understanding was turned into a triumph of "Microsoft listening and responding to gamers."
The controller for the Xbox 2 is expected to reflect the expanding role of the Xbox project and will only be made available in wireless form.
Expect more over the next year, with a sneak preview perhaps being on offer at this May's E3.