The oversized controller from the original Xbox console, known as The Duke, is making its way to Xbox One and Windows PC this holiday season, accessory maker Hyperkin has confirmed.
The Duke launched with the original Xbox in 2001/2002, but was replaced by the smaller, more hand-friendly Xbox Controller S worldwide roughly a year later.
The nicknamed “Duke” controller for the original Xbox was big, bold and tough. On June 11, Hyperkin, a video game hardware development company from Los Angeles, announced that – in partnership with Xbox – it is bringing back The Duke for the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X) and Windows 10 PCs. Hyperkin’s Research and Development team sought the assistance and the blessing of Seamus Blackley, who played an integral part in the original Xbox team.
The Duke sports a faithful recreation of the original controller’s form-factor with some updated features: a logo display screen, left and right bumpers, and a 9 ft. detachable cable.
Duke’s revival comes at the perfect time too, since Microsoft announced original Xbox games are coming to Xbox One later this year – and they can now be played as intended, hand cramps and all. Hooray.