Eight Xbox One controllers can be synced at once

Microsoft reveals next-gen console will support double the number of connected controllers as Xbox 360; will have 30-foot wireless range.

According to an updated Xbox.com product page (via Videogamer), up to eight Xbox One controllers can be connected to the system at any point in time. This is up from four on the Xbox 360.

It was also revealed that Xbox One controllers will have a 30-foot wireless range.

Sony has not yet said how many DualShock 4 controllers can be connected to the PlayStation 4 at once. The PlayStation 3 supports seven controllers simultaneously.

Microsoft previously announced that infrared LEDs in the Xbox One controllers will allow the console to detect, via Kinect, which user is holding the input and then match profile information. One Xbox One controller is included with every system, while additional pads can be purchased for $60.

The Xbox One launches in November. Microsoft said this week at PAX that it believes the console is worth $100 more than the PlayStation 4.

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FrankFoxYaeger
FrankFoxYaeger

This is stupid.. 8 controllers connected doesn't make it next gen.. 4 controllers is more than enough.

DWalker131
DWalker131

this woulda been awesome if bomberman was still around, imagine the mayham

JKeyz90
JKeyz90

I just left the Sony article about their 4 controllers it was hilarious people come up with the dumbest reasons as to why any system is superior at any rate controller count doesn't mean much to me I think 8 controllers is cool for sports games during big parties or whatever but either way i'll personally only need 2 on each system....maybe 3...always need a back up in case one breaks :)

wasXB360nowPS4
wasXB360nowPS4

I think Microsoft should have made XB1 backwards compatible with XB360 controllers and knocked $60 off the price.  Neither XB1 nor PS4 is backwards compatible for games, so a good enticement to keep me on Xbox would've been not having to buy new controllers all over again!  I have 4 XB360 controllers, so that would've saved me $240... easy choice to re-up with Xbox for every XB360 owner!  I don't think MS enhanced the controllers enough to force me to buy new ones... essentially all they did was rename the Back and Start buttons plus minor marketing BS (ergonomics and rumble crap)... not worth $60... should've been optional purchase, not mandatory for loyal XB360 owners!  I think PS4 can actually justify forcing PS3 owners to buy new controllers since it adds a trackpad and integrates motion gaming.  No backwards compatible software or hardware means there's nothing to stop me (or make me hesitate) from switching over to Playstation for next gen.  Major strategic mistake for MS.  Agree?

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Who the Hell cares?

You companies can't even make 2-player games anymore.

WHY should I give a shit that you can plug in 8 of these? PS3 did 7 and we all saw how pointless that became.

Call me when proper 2-player modes come back.
Other wise who the fuck cares.  

johnritter4141
johnritter4141

great...for those who have 8 friends, heck even 4 is nice

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

People always need something to complain about... Who cares if you don't use it. It's a cool feature and who knows what they will do with it. 

hp2110
hp2110

cool feature. don't see when I would ever use it, but cool feature

Gargus
Gargus

8 Controllers? Im lucky if I am ever in a position where I use 2 controllers at once.

This will be a feature that will be utilized in like 2 or maybe 3 games within the next 5 years and they will all suck.

duuuuuuude1
duuuuuuude1

8 Controllers at once...so how does that look in splitscreen?

Daian
Daian

Who cares, when do people ever use more than 2 at once except Mario Kart or Smash Bros on Nintendo consoles or something like that.

alrepairs
alrepairs

UNACCEPTABLE

I WILL ONLY BUY A CONSOLE WITH 16 CONNECTIONS AT ONCE.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

That's not enough for a full team in a football game... And since most other games go with online for any sort of multiplayer, while even forgoing any sort of local multiplayer, it seems slightly pointless... But congrats on making something stupid to brag about.

tomservo51
tomservo51

Hey! 8! That matches the pre-order #'s for the console too!

Vict95
Vict95

i never played with more than 3 friends on my 360... i don't have enough friends... :(

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

not surprising really, most new gen games are by large mp games. sp are an endanged species...

kellian1
kellian1

Breaking News - The xbox one controller can not only sync 8 controllers at once, but can also create 7 imaginary players for you to play with when you are all by yourself!!

True Story

soda128
soda128

I just preordered my Xbox One and will be buying a second controller for my brother to use.  It's kool that it is possible to have 8 controllers. You never know what can be done with it. 

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

Now that's the best selling point that Microsoft has come up with yet. Umm, yea right!

How about who the hell cares. If that is the best selling point then no wonder Xbox One is losing this time around.

Bowser05
Bowser05

I don't care how many controllers can connect unless the feature is used. I can't think of any games that weren't sports games that used the 7 controller feature on PS3...and I doubt it'll be different here. Just give me one controller and I'll be happy :).

daviz88
daviz88

what's next?

"the xbox one controller can now change water to wine"

gamer7736
gamer7736

I want to put my Xbone 30 ft away from where I'm playing and my TV so I don't get made fun of by my friends who bought a PS4.

speedytimsi
speedytimsi

So they can cut the shipments in half for the war veterans. Now 8 ppl have to share one XBONE.  

allever
allever

I don't really get this.  What's the purpose of being able to have 8 controllers synced?  Who does this benefit??

Stipton1
Stipton1

meanwhile on sonys side you can stare at 3 other night light controllers hahahahahaha, MS OWNS

SKErwin
SKErwin

this is what nintendo call "MEH!"

Darkefka
Darkefka

why is more then 2 controller needed anyway? greedy devs don't make 4 player split screen anymore, they prefer it to be 2 max per console meaning you need to buy 2 games if you wanna play 4 player...


and meanwhile those 8 controllers still work an AA batteries LOL

pharoe777
pharoe777

the more tools you add to a console the better it is for developers

Master_Adeum
Master_Adeum

Lol for what purpose? There aren't going to be 8-player games, so why waste technology development on connecting 8 controllers? Seriously MSFT....how about you spend time and development creating a console that doesn't suck? Back-pedaled on everything else, so I'm still waiting for a Kinect-free bundle. Do that MSFT, and see your preorder numbers soar. Nobody wants Kinect (save maybe a few complete morons who are too lazy to change the channel with their fingers), so get rid of it. Consumers don't like being forced to buy things they don't want to get something they do want. 

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

The only games this many controllers actually work for are sports games. Playing 4 player co-op is bad enough with the tiny screens, but 8? That would be horrible.

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

what happen to being able to play fps offline with friends that's something i'd love to see dem brang back and with xbox 1 being able to synce 8 payers at once man Call of duty or bf4 would be tons of fun online and offline

Algearond
Algearond

@wasXB360nowPS4 I don't believe so, I think if you are going to not continue with the same console over a controller that is silly, but too each their own


pheature1
pheature1

@duuuuuuude1  think of be a pro for fifa or games like that where its not actually on split screen, like american football or ice hockey where you control one player but all look at the same screen. 


this feature is made for the rich, like come on who will own 8 controllers!  2 or 3 at most.

Mercgamer74
Mercgamer74

@Vict95 I will be your friend Vict95. I will bring doritos and dip to our gaming nights and we can maybe order pizza and kebabs..

johnpombrio
johnpombrio

@gamer7736 Depends on the size of your TV. Get a good projector , a huge screen and an open field...

daviz88
daviz88

lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mueixu
mueixu

Actually, THIS GEN you could buy rechargeable controller battery packs and a rechargeable base so that you dont need to buy any more AA batteries(but you do need to make sure theyre charged). Just FYI.

123crip123
123crip123

@Master_Adeum 8 players would be fun as hell in games like WWE, Fifa, NFL, NBA, Minecraft, COD, Diablo... I can keep going if you want.... You can keep waiting for that kinect free bundle but your not going to get it, go get your PS4 and cry when your credit cards get billed for furniture in Japan. Consumers definitely don't like getting there account compromised and online service suspended for 30 days..... yaaaa I'll get a kinect with my XB1.

pharoe777
pharoe777

@Master_Adeum "save maybe a few complete morons who are too lazy to change the channel with their fingers"... dumbest comment ever, with kinect you have to get off your lazy @ss.  This article also mentioned that with the ps3 you could use up to 7, I agree with you on getting rid of this tech but do it for both

Darkefka
Darkefka

@mueixu it's a pack of rechargable AA batteries, they are still AA batteries, and eventually they'll run dry so you'll still have to buy some more it takes longer then regular AA but it,s the same... I really don't know what keeps them from doing propper controllers... ahh yeah they are putting all their money in kinect, the useless feature no one wants...