Gaming accessories maker Hyperkin creates a licensed replica of the iconic Xbox 360 gamepad. The controller – named Xenon in reference to the pre-release code name of the console and IBM’s PowerPC processor – brings back a nearly twenty-year-old design while adding several modern features, including a detachable USB- C and headphone jack. It is also equipped with Menu, View and Share buttons (which were missing in the original), making the controller fully compatible with the Xbox Series X/S console. The new gamepad will also work with Windows 10 and 11 PCs, though it won’t be wireless.
Today, 17 years ago, the #Xbox360 launched to much acclaim. Now announcing the Xenon, a replica of the official #Xbox 360 Controller – licensed with Designed for Xbox – for Xbox Series X|S/Xbox One/Windows 10|11 PCs.
Full circle. Back in control.
— Hyperkin (@Hyperkin) November 22, 2022
Hyperkin will sell Xenon in white, black, pink and red colors. However, nothing is known about the prices and the release date yet. This is not Hyperkin’s first step towards Xbox nostalgia. The company previously worked with original Xbox designer Seamus Blackley to create a new version of Microsoft’s barrel-shaped “Duke” controller for the first Xbox.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) September 20, 2017
Judging by the renders shared by Hyperkin, the controller is very similar to its original counterpart. For all its advantages, the Xbox 360 gamepad had a soft and imprecise directional pad. Let’s hope that in this case Hyperkin will not be too faithful to the tradition of the original.
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