The Xbox One controller is the main controller for the Xbox One. The controller maintains the overall layout found in the Xbox 360's controller, but with various tweaks to its design, such as a slightly revised shape, redesigned analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and triggers. The triggers have new vibrators inside which allow for directional haptic feedback.
The controllers can be used on all Xbox One models, as well as the Xbox Series X, Windows 10 PC's, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
A premium version of the Xbox One controller was released in 2015. The Xbox One Elite Controller included interchangeable parts and additional paddles on the back of the controller. In 2019, an updated model of the Elite was released.
The Xbox One controller has been changed significantly when compared to the Xbox 360 controller. The triggers are now rounded, and have four vibration motors - a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips and a larger one in each grip for large scale rumbles. This will give users a sense of in-game direction and depth, creating rich, immersive experiences where gunshots, car crashes and explosions can feel ever so realistic.
The new thumbsticks on the Xbox One controller are smaller, and have a knurled texture for better grip. The new thumbsticks now require 25% less force to move.
On first generation Xbox One controllers, no headphone jack was included in the controller. To use headsets on first generation controllers, a Stereo Headset Adapter had to be purchased. A headphone jack was not added into the Xbox One controller until 2015, when the second generation Xbox One controller was released.
Unlike the Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One controller's connection type is micro USB. This means that the controller can be charged with all micro USB cords.
The Xbox One controller includes a range of new features that were not present in Xbox 360 controllers. The battery pack included within the controller is flush with the back of the controller. The controller also has new trigger rumble motors and haptic feedback triggers. Grip textures are now present around each thumbstick on the controller.
The controller also includes better connectivity to the console, making chatting clearer and faster.
A number of peripherals were released for the Xbox One controller that expanded on the devices functions.
The Xbox One Chat Headset was one of the first accessories for the controller, it allowed the user to communicate online with other players. A chatpad was also released that was used as a keyboard for faster messaging and typing.
The Xbox One Play & Charge Kit was another accessory for the Xbox One controller. This kit included a USB-C cord and a rechargable battery pack.
The Xbox One controller was originally released in 2013. Over the controllers life cycle three models have been released, each revision including updated hardware and new features missing from previous models.
The original Xbox One controller was released in 2013. It included most of the features found in an Xbox 360 controller with some additional features. This model did not include a headphone jack or Bluetooth. Both of these features were added in to later controller revisions.
Two years after the Xbox One's launch, a slightly updated model of the Xbox One controller was released. This revision added a 3.5 mm headphone jack to the bottom of the controller. The controllers shoulder buttons were also slightly improved. The ability to wirelessly update controllers was also added into these models.
2016 (Xbox One S)
Another revision of the controller was released in 2016 alongside the release of the Xbox One S. This model of the controller finally added Bluetooth support, making it possible to use Xbox One controllers on Bluetooth enabled PC's and smart phones without the need for a cord or a wireless adapter.
Also announced at the time was the Xbox Design Lab, a service that allows users to customize Xbox One controllers in many different ways.