It's still hard to believe the original Xbox controller is mounting a comeback in 2018.
Xbox designer Seamus Blackley and Hyperkin have updated "the Duke" for Xbox One and PC players who (for one reason or another) have fond memories of the gargantuan gamepad. As revealed today, the revised controller will cost $70 when it ships in March. While that isn't exactly cheap, it is cheaper than I was expecting for this sort of nostalgia purchase. It's not a total wallet buster.
So, what's different? The new Duke has an OLED screen in its center that plays the Xbox startup animation, a USB cable, and a few extra buttons, including right and left bumpers.
"I don't know a lot of brands that would rerelease an unpopular product from the past ... and [Head of Xbox Phil Spencer] I think correctly understands that it sends a message," Blackley told CNET. "He understands that it sends a message about how serious Xbox is about its heritage, and about the fans."