Phil Spencer hopes some DualSense tech makes it to Xbox

When it comes to the art of controller design, Xbox hasn’t really done spectacular things for the past generations. Why change the recipe of something that’s renowned, right? And yes, the Xbox controller has been a big favorite for years now, mostly because of its ergonomics. Playstation on the other hand isn’t that hung up on the design of the controller and looks to innovate with every passing generation. Even Phil Spencer – the big cheese at Xbox – praises Sony for their ingenuity with the DualSense controller. He even hopes that one day, the Xbox controller will have some of its features.

Talking to the guys at the Kinda Funny Gamescast, Spencer felt the need to emphasize that PlayStation is doing a great job with their fifth console. For a competitor, he’s actually a pretty decent guy who doesn’t feel the need to fuel a console flame war. But he also states that Xbox isn’t in the market for big peripherals, pointing out that Xbox will keep doing its own thing.

But if there’s one PlayStation-specific thing that Phil Spencer would like to see on Xbox, it’s the functionality of the DualSense controller. Given that the Xbox Series controller doesn’t really differ much from the Xbox One version, this controller is also quite straightforward. Sony’s DualSense – in comparison – is quite a technical marvel. Apart from the touchpad, the DualSense utilizes haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. A built-in microphone is another one of the things that Xbox hasn’t really worked on yet. But if it were up to Spencer, some of those features should come to Xbox as well.

“When I think about our hardware roadmap, and I really love the evolution of Liz Hamren’s team and the work that they’ve done.”

“We’re definitely thinking about different kinds of devices that can bring more games to more places. There’s probably some work that we’ll do on the controller. I think Sony’s done a nice job with their controller and we kind of look at some of that and [think] there are things that we should go do.”

Then again, the Xbox controller has got a few of its own perks, if you ask me. For starters, you can mount a removable rechargeable battery pack or even use AA batteries if you’d like. Also, the battery life, in general, is somewhat better, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. All those fancy features on the DualSense do drain the built-in Li-Ion battery pretty fast.

There’s also word that the DualSense shows signs of analog stick drift after a substantial amount of hours. According to some, drifting occurs after 400 hours or so. This seems like a lot of hours, but for an avid gamer, those are rookie numbers. Fortunately for Xbox, nobody has been complaining about stick drift on the Xbox Series consoles yet.

So there you have it. Both have their pros and cons and quite frankly, I really don’t have a favorite. The Xbox controller just feels familiar and has a great ergonomic design, but the DualSense just brings that extra something to the game. If those two could be combined to make one super controller… what a day that would be.