Xbox Wants to Know if Players Are Jealous of PlayStation Controllers

Xbox Wants to Know if Players Are Jealous of PlayStation Controllers

Microsoft asks if players are "aware of features on PlayStation controllers" and if they want them on the Xbox.

One of the most noticeable differences between the PS4 and the PS5 is the PS5’s DualSense controller. The DualSense is brimming with new features including 3-D audio, haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers. Ever since it was revealed in April of last year, these new features have been the talk of the gaming world. The new controller for the Xbox Series X|S, however, is extremely similar to the Xbox One’s controller and now, it seems like Xbox might be interested in taking a page out of PlayStation’s book.

First reported by TechRadar, Microsoft sent out a survey to select Xbox Series X and S owners asking them about their experience using the new console. What’s surprising is that the survey asks directly if Xbox players are “aware of features on PlayStation controllers” and if they want those features to be included in future iterations of Xbox controllers.

It’s no secret that Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, likes the DualSense controller. In an interview with The Verge last year, he said:

“I applaud what they did with the controller, not actually for–well, I shouldn’t say not for the specifics of the controller, but more than just the specifics of the controller. I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on, whether it’s distribution of business model like Game Pass, or controller tech, or the Wii back in the day, which clearly had an impact on us when we went off and did Kinect and Sony did the Move.”

It’s unclear right now if Xbox is seriously considering adding features from the DualSense to their controllers, but it seems like that might not be out of the question. Xbox controllers have evolved throughout the years without waiting for a new console generation so a potential updated Series X|S controller may be coming soon.

For more on the Xbox Series X|S check out this article on the latest gameplay trailer for The Medium.