Microsoft’s newly-tweaked Xbox One controller will effectively go to sleep when not in use, the company announced in a blog post today.
The evolved gaming pad revealed at the Xbox One launch last month will enter a so-called Low Power State in order to conserve the user’s battery whenever they step away from the console.
Users will not have to power-up whenever they return to the screen, they’ll be able to just pick it up again and start playing.
In the post on the Xbox Wire blog, the company wrote: “If you’re watching a movie or need to step away from the TV, the controller enters a low power state that conserves your battery. The moment you pick it up again, it will be ready for use without having to resynch with the console.”
The previously unknown feature suggests that the refined controller may boast smartphone-like processors that are able to conserve energy when not in use, without shutting off the power completely.
On the Xbox 360 users had to power-up and often sync controllers to the console whenever they became inactive for too long, so this is a definite improvement.
The blog also explained some of the already publicised features such as the vibration motors that sit behind the triggers enabling more precise feedback. There’s also higher quality headset audio, new thumbsticks, an improved D-Pad and a more comfortable design.
Still hungry for more Xbox Live details? The company will reveal more about the gaming side of the console at the E3 expo in a keynote address on Monday. We’ve been told to expect games, games and more games.
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