The Oversized Original Xbox Controller–The Duke–is Back

The humungous original Xbox controller has been revived and revitalized and will arrive this Spring with several modern updates.

on January 13, 2018 12:45 PM

Some of the best Microsoft news lately has been about their increasingly diverse and eccentric controllers. Last week we got to look at the Sea of Thieves Special Edition controller with all of its fancy swash-buckling details, but this week we’ve got something even bigger. Seriously, it’s huge.

Fans of the original Xbox will remember the gargantuan controller, reasonably dubbed “The Duke,” as something they either loved or hated. Either way, it’s making a comeback.

The father of the original Xbox Seamus Blackley and accessory creator Hyperkin are teaming up to produce an updated version of the gamepad according to a recent CNET interview.

Harkening back to 2001, the updated Duke now includes some bumper buttons so that it can be compatible with PC and every version of the Xbox via a USB port. While it doesn’t have a memory card slot, it instead has a very Dreamcast-esque OLED screen in the middle of the controller which plays the original console’s bootup sequence when pressed.


For those with bigger hands, however, the large controller is actually a means by which to enjoy modern games according to Blackley:

“I discovered to my horror and fascination that The Duke was an object of nostalgia and comfort and happiness and childhood memories, and all these people with big hands saying it was the only controller that was comfortable.”

Whether you’re into it for nostalgia or functionality, The Duke will be arriving this Spring and it will run you $69.99

Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he is pursuing a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.