Xbox Series X Controller Designer Explains Improved Ergonomics, Revised D-Pad, And More

Here's a better look at how you'll be controlling games on your Xbox Series X.


Xbox Series X is due out this holiday season, and as usual, the new console will launch with a redesigned Xbox controller. This time the controller sports a few new features like a Share button, but otherwise sticks closely to the existing Xbox One design. Senior designer Ryan Whitaker explained some of the decision-making on the Xbox blog.

The new controller has made subtle changes to the ergonomics to fit a wider range of hand sizes, especially smaller ones. Whitaker said the goal was to fit the hands of an average 8-year-old, with rounded bumpers and parts of the triggers, without impacting those with bigger hands. Similarly, the d-pad has been changed to represent a hybrid of the traditional cross design and the dish design, to help suit comfort styles for both. Part of this came from feedback from users playing with the Elite controller, which has swappable d-pad.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Xbox Series X: Everything You Need To Know So Far, In Under 4 Minutes

Microsoft also expects the controller to be the touchstone between games on various devices--PC, console, Android, and iOS. That's yet another indication that the company is planning to take a broader approach in the next generation. And to that end, controllers from each generation will be both backwards- and forward-compatible, so you can use your existing Xbox One controller on the Series X, or vice-versa.

Though Xbox Series X is targeting a 2020 release, it's unclear right now Microsoft will roll out its presentations on the upcoming console. E3 2020 looked to be the big showcase, but it's been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Xbox is planning a digital event this year, but details on timing haven't been shared yet. Still, Microsoft has been sharing more details from time to time, most recently giving a full specs breakdown and a detailed look at the quick resume and fast loading features.

The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are 3 comments about this story