Xbox One controller will be "fixed" in time for Titanfall launch

Respawn Entertainment working with Microsoft to make the Xbox One's analog controls less twitchy.

Microsoft worked with Titanfall creators Respawn Entertainment to "fix" the Xbox One controller in time for the game's launch on March 11, the developer has said.

An upcoming Xbox One update will make the analog controls of the Xbox One controller less twitchy. Microsoft is working on multiple updates in order to patch up the multiplayer experience on Xbox One in time for Titanfall's hotly anticipated launch.

"It's just fixing the controller input, really," said design lead Justin Hendry in an interview with The Verge. "It wasn't really where we felt it should be; it was a little overly twitchy with the current controls. Now it's fixed. We're happy with it."

Hendry adds that Respawn is also working with Microsoft on a new version of its 1080p upscaler, which should improve the visuals of games that don't natively render at that resolution.

A Titanfall beta will commence this Friday on Xbox One and PC. Microsoft will also release a $65 Titanfall controller alongside the game.

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jamesb119
jamesb119

i don't mean to be stupid but i've been on my laptop for hours looking at titanfall and i still don't get something...will the game be playable if you don't have xbox live gold? If not i think somebody should suggest to the makers to maybe release a DLC pack for it which enables players to create their own match like in COD black ops 2 in multiplayer where you battle against bots? 

mattress805
mattress805

Now Microsoft offers a better controller that you should buy before Titanfall releases. Fuck off, Microsoft. At least that what it sounds like. Either way, I'm on my fourth xbox 360. So my previous statement stands. Lol

dazevanz
dazevanz

Signed for a code for titanfall beta on pc and they mailed me xbone code ffs

TrialMonkey
TrialMonkey

"Twitchy" is such a subjective term. What does he really mean by "twitchy" anyways?

khaos107
khaos107

I was excited to get a xbox one controller for my PC. Then I used and it felt cheaper and less responsive then the 360 version. 

Big disappointment considering the 360 game pad is my favorite. I figured the new one would have taken its place.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I wasn't even aware there was something wrong with the One's controller.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Why is the controller twitchy?  Is it only twitchy when they tested Titanfall?

MondasM
MondasM

"upscale", hmmm, so does this mean there won't be many native 1080p titles in future as well??

mj458
mj458

Why the controller sensitivity is fine. Hopefully this update won't negatively effect other games.

mr_nee
mr_nee

Xbox controller is twitchy???

Yes!!!!!! Wooohoooo!!!! A chiken soup for my PS soul!

badgamebird
badgamebird

This article is pretty garbage, I haven't had a single issue with the controller being twitchy on any of the games I've played.

streamline
streamline

This Titanfall decorated controller looks much better than the other two Gamespot had in their last article, but I can't help but think of ice hockey when I look at it.

DVONvX
DVONvX

my k/d ratio has never been so high in COD. I like the controller just the way it is. 

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

but still no mention of the fwcking Dpad fix

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

How do you fix a controller for just ONE game? Hmm....sounds like Microsoft PR rubbish to me....is there going to be a $25 charge for this magical "fix"?

lostn
lostn

Am I the only one not sold on this game? To me it's an online only shooter with mechs in it. Don't care for online only, don't care for mechs.


Someone sell me on this game.

deth420
deth420

This is like the second, or third time this "story" has come up....one would think, they would have fixed the controller prior to console launch.

NTM23
NTM23

The Xbox One controller is more than adequate to me, it feels fine, but overall, I think I like the PS4 controller more. My brother when playing games is kind of rough on them sometimes, and it seems like the PS4 controller can withstand more abuse, and the bumpers aren't as great as L1 and R1 due to how close they are to the triggers, and just how thick they are as well as how clickable they are. The Xbox One controller just seems a little cheaper, but it's still fine.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@TrialMonkey It certainly is not subjective if Microsoft is rolling out an update to try and rectify it.

Radnen
Radnen

@khaos107  That's because you lack an official driver, which is yet to be released, of course.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@mav_destroyer  There is nothing wrong with the physical controller.  It's the software that controls it that is being fixed.


Is there a wired version that works on PC?  I'd love to replace my 360 gamepad sometime down the road.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

@MondasM Looking at the Titanfall PC specs, I would assume they are talking about the xbox 360 version. And possibly up coming titles for the xbox one. I am surprised MS didn't make 1080P a standard for all Xbox one games. But because its a console you can get away with some detail.. but it kind of makes me feel like this is next gen 1.5. But time will tell.

savagetone
savagetone

@ThaGoodDokter  the new update on the coming week will put a battery life indacater on your home screen as well as the long anticipated chat feature fixes  On February 11, the first update will be delivered to customers who sign into their Xbox One. It features many new improvements – including lots of behind-the-scenes updates for developers building apps and games for Xbox One, several new features we believe Xbox fans will love, stability and product updates to improve the customer experience, and continuous improvements to the quality of Kinect voice so commands become more fluid and responsive over time. While we won’t be going into all of the details of the product updates today, we will be sharing more information soon.


Some of the features you can expect to see on February 11 include:

The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

These are just a few of the many updates we will be shipping on February 11. We’ll share more details on these and other upcoming features in the coming weeks. We have several surprises in store that we think you’ll love.

March 4 system updates – countdown to “Titanfall” 

On March 4, in advance of what is expected to be the biggest game launch of the year, we will be delivering another system update to prepare your Xbox One for “Titanfall.” This update will contain many new features and improvements, most significantly to our party and multiplayer systems. Available on March 11, “Titanfall” is a team-based online multiplayer game that showcases the power of Xbox Live, and we will be shipping a new party and multiplayer system that will help make “Titanfall” the must-have game for this generation. 

This post is the first of many announcements and sneak peeks at features in the system updates. Microsoft has been carefully listening to your feedback and look forward to delivering many new features that will make Xbox One even better. We’re just getting started and can’t wait to share more information in the coming weeks.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@ThaGoodDokter  I noticed the guide light dims when the battery is kinda low, maybe it was very bright day… but I always thought that was a good battery life indicator

croftstorm
croftstorm

@badgamebird  Agree.. went back to playing some 360 and the analog sticks are noticeably worse, playing COD on the Xbox One feels perfect to me. Still, look forward to seeing what this update does.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@badgamebird

Neither have I, I have noticed gamespot seems to have it out for the XboxOne, may have something to do with all the Sony advertisments on here...

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

@cctv100 Too sensitive.  That's the whole reason MS made the sticks longer, to improve the speed & accuracy of input.  I don't like the new analog sticks, but it's weird MS would be correcting something they specifically went out to design.

Radnen
Radnen

@g0ldenpr0pet  It's likely not for one game, but a general thing added to the controller which may affect support across all products,

ccintron83
ccintron83

@g0ldenpr0pet  The reason Microsoft is going to fix the controller for one game is because this game is going to make or break the system. If any one aspect of this launch goes wrong, it will affect the success of this system and will lose a lot of money. 

joke_man
joke_man

@lostn  


I wasn't interested until I started watching gameplay footage that IGN put up today...It looks pretty sick.  Definitely the first next-gen FPS.  


And, I'm not really an FPS guy...

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@lostn You're not alone. I'm a mech and FPS fan and it still doesn't sell to me.

It's pretty straight forward, it's made by COD people, it's COD style gameplay, just with bots instead of players, and mechs instead of kill streaks (I'm guessing they still have streaks too). Sure it's finally the "innovation" that the COD series needed, but I still wont touch it without seeing substantial improvement, otherwise that lineage doesn't deserve to live.

Radnen
Radnen

@deth420  It probably took a good FPS, like... um... oh yeah, Titanfall to test the thoroughness of the controller.

flyinb11
flyinb11

@NTM23  I own both and prefer the Xbox ONE controller. I don't like how high the analog sticks sit on the DS4.

dirgon
dirgon

@poopinpat @mav_destroyer  The x1 controller is already wired simply by using the USB cord. When plugged in, the controller flips to a wired mode, where the input data is sent down the USB cord instead of wireless.

Microsoft has promised Windows drivers "soon" back in late 2013.

Gen007
Gen007

@guitarist1980 @MondasM The power isnt there in either the ps4 or x1 to make 1080p a standard for all games. There will be many sub 1080p games this gen that are just upscaled people need to get used to it. You want 1080p 60fps all the time build a monster gaming pc.

mattress805
mattress805

I think the 500$ price point has already broken it. When it comes to make or break it. Lol

lostn
lostn

@ShimmeringSword So the mech is like a kill streak... To me that sounds like it's going to snowball in the favor of someone who gets 3 kills (or whatever number you need). If you reward the player in front because he has a kill streak, it's going to make it even easier for him to get even bigger kill streaks and even more rewards which compounds into a vicious cycle.


That is unless there are some serious weaknesses in the mechs that can be exploited by people on foot.