Microsoft Explains How It Ensured Xbox One Controller Would Last A Decade

Xbox One controller might not look that different from its predecessor, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft didn't conduct extensive research and testing to ensure that it is its best controller yet.

Inside the controller testing labs at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, a special custom-built stress-testing rig was used to test up to twenty different controllers at once. The rig pushed each button on each controller 4 or 5 times per second until each button is pushed more than two million times. This test is designed to ensure that the buttons are able to survive the frequent and brutal presses of excited gamers throughout the controller’s lifespan.

More importantly, the testing rig is hooked to computers that monitor the outputs of each controller to ensure that they perform consistently every time they are used. The testing team also made sure to perform “drop tests” where the controllers are filmed in slow motion while they fall on hard ground so that the engineering team would identify any weak spots in its body.

And the testing is not over yet even though Xbox One is officially in its launch count-down phase. In fact, some controllers currently attached to the stress-testing rig have already surpassed 3 million button presses. According to Microsoft’s accessories and hardware manager Bob Brown, this means that Xbox One controllers are expected to last at least for a decade at. Incidentally, 10 years is also Microsoft’s projected lifespan for Xbox One.

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The D-pad on the 360 controller was awful. Like the pad would slip off-center and that would cause it to no longer register the presses. Anyone knows if MS fixed that in newer versions. Bought mine around 2008 (wired). many controllers

well good for you microsoft that you are making controllers that will survive longer than life on this planet as long as you dont remake a controller like in xbox in 2001-2002, only controller that didnt fit on my hand and felt like i was holding a discbrake from dodge ram with buttons on it, i mean jesus christ, the controller fell on the floor i didnt check did the controller work i started to check is the floor okay, *BUT* yet again this was only my point of view, somebody actually liked the very first xbox controller and others wanted to use it as target practice, and now that there seems to be constant chat about controllers ill add my share on this: i have three 360 controllers, 2 wireless, 1 with wire and own battery and i have had no problems with em except that battery have died long time ago and will not recharge but from my point of view: not really a problem (well for me anyway), theeen i have 3 ps3 controllers, 2 original and 1 "360-look-alike" all of them works fine, and as somebody said the USB cord on Ps3 controllers seems bit short but yet again its not a problem to go a store and buy that 1-5$/€ cord,

Great for Windows 7

Yea it was a major plague for 360, but Sony had its own plagues too. The 360 Controller though? **** analog thumb sticks would go first, and you would have to buy a new controller period because the **** pitch would go left or right without touching the **** sticks.

sucks to be you

Except he was talking about fixing the controller not RRoD which, judging by your previous post, you were unable to fix. I guess dealing with anything other than a simple overheat problem which "a 9 year old kid could fix" is too complex for you.

Because spending $1 on a 6

Because spending $1 on a 6-foot mini USB A male to USB A male cable was so much of an inconvenience. Especially compared to that bang-for-your-buck $25 play and charge kit from Microsoft (their controller-end USB port is shaped differently, you see. Worthy very cent of the premium!)


what's the point of having a controller which would last for a decade if the console itself can't survive a year????

It seems you are the retarded

It seems you are the retarded one here. OP was referring to the launch problems the 360 had like RRoD, the lasting 10 years sentence was talking about the consoles lifecycle not the individual life time of each console.


I have 8x wireless Xbox360 controls that I got year one, all work, and all rechargeable batteries still work. My first xbox controls still work as well they're wired. drop tests? eh, if someone is that clumsy let the control break they deserve it.

stupid ******

your a dumbass. i have a hard time believing your story. why the hell would anyone buy 8 wireless controllers? especially, you claimed you bought 8 wireless controllers in the first year? who needs 8 wireless controllers.....unless perhaps a few of your controllers had problems, and you are nothing more than a troll trying defend MicroSoft. how bout we drop you of a two story building. there is good start to a drop test.

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