Xbox Co-Creator Claims Original Controller ‘Embarrassing’


Microsoft’s original Xbox was a fine machine – I think that’s something we can all agree on – but the controller was objectively an absolute monstrosity. 

It was, easily, far too big, and not really all that comfortable to use. Now, Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley has come out to weigh on why the controller was just so damn fugly.

‘It was embarrassingly enormous; politically I had no juice to fix it’, Blackley explained over Twitter when asked if he could talk about the controller, which is today known as The Duke.

Blackley has since left Microsoft, but stressed that he simply didn’t have the pull within the company at the time to get the controller down to a reasonable size.

He then went into more detail, across a small fleet of tweets. He explained that the Dreamcast was a big influence, and that Japan was ‘alarmed’ by its size.

Check out the tweets below – I’ll let ’em speak for themselves.

Microsoft did eventually release a smaller controller for the original Xbox, but not before using 90 percent of all the plastic in the world at the time (that’s a joke, not the truth).

Of course, the Xbox controller could have been much worse. Back in June, Blackley shared a number of concepts for the controller, all of which are awful – check them out below.

At the end of the day, I’m sure we all have a soft spot in our hearts for The Duke – if there’s any controller we could use to survive a zombie apocalypse, it’s definitely that one.