Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox One controller price ahead of the console’s November release date, with the gaming peripheral cheaper than its PS4 bound counterpart.
Despite the Xbox One price having been set a hefty £80 higher than the PS4 price tag - £429 to £349 – Microsoft has revealed that it will be cheaper to buy additional controllers for its next-gen console that it will for PS4 owners to bring more gamers into the action.
Confirmed via the official Microsoft Store, the Xbox One controller price has been set at £44.99, £10 cheaper than the PS4 bound Sony DualShock 4 controller.
What’s more, offering gamers options, Microsoft has revealed that a separate Xbox One controller with a play and charge kit will cost £59.99. This considerable price tag marks a £5 saving over buying the controller and charging kit, which has been priced at £19.99, separately. We must stress, however, that the Xbox One controller requires a pair of AA batteries to run so if not plumping for the charging kit, that £10 saving over the DualShock 4 will be wiped out pretty quickly.
With additional Xbox One controllers available for pre-order now for those keen to get their next-gen gaming setup primed ahead of the upcoming console’s arrival, Microsoft has confirmed the peripheral will hit retailers on the same mysterious day in November as the Xbox One release date.
Far from a glorified Xbox 360 controller, the new Xbox One add-on has been built from the ground up, with Microsoft claiming it is the work of 20 global research studies involving 500 participants and a staggering 200 controller prototypes.
Said to add “over 40” technology innovations, the main Xbox One controller improvements focus around the peripheral’s new, more responsive impulse triggers, revised thumb sticks, low power state and streamlined internal battery cavity.
“The controller's design is deliberately honed to the closest tenth of a millimetre to offer the most comfortable fit in users' hands, and was tested extensively by a broader age group than ever before to ensure it is optimized for as many people as possible,” Microsoft said of the unit. “According to the team's research, this improves gameplay performance and allows comfortable gaming for longer periods of time.”
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