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Xbox Team Tested Controllers w/ Screens and Smell-Emitting Prototype Xbox Controllers

August 13, 2013 No Comments

Recently, the Xbox team broke down the new Xbox One controller and showed off all the new features. Speaking to Kotaku, Microsoft’s head of Xbox accessories Zulfi Alam spend some time descussing what new features they actually tried to add on to the new controller. Some things like a screen wouldn’t shock you at all since the Wii U has one as well. The shocking one however is the fact that Microsoft actally created a smell-emitting prototype of the controller. While playing, the controller would let out ‘smells’ relative to what was going on in the game.

Zulfi Alam, reveals that the company once created smell-emitting prototype Xbox controllers. The concepts let players smell foliage while walking in a virtual forest, or burning rubber during racing games. In reality, the prototypes left lingering smells in rooms. “We went all out,” explains Alam, but they didn’t work out in practice due to the overly immersive smells.  – TheVerge

The Xbox team also experimented with a screen on the controller and speakers. “We did put screens on our controllers,” reveals Alam, but battery drain for a high-resolution display and a player focus on the big screen made the team scrap the idea. Embedding speakers in the controllers was also ruled out as “distracting,” as the team didn’t like the sound mix it provided from the idea of hearing cartridges on a controller during gun battles and the rest of the game on traditional speakers. “The best speakers in the house are the ones associated with the TV and you essentially drown it all away, so it’s not a useful investment,”  – TheVerge

Imagining the tech behind all of that is pretty cool but I am happy those two functions didn’t make the cut.

Too gimmicky for my taste …



You can read the whole article at Kotaku via TheVerge

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