Hyperkin, a manufacturer of gaming peripherals, is working on an official redesign of the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller that will be released in the near future.
Hyperkin intends to reintroduce the controller to the market under the name Hyperkin Xenon, which is a reference to the codename for the Xbox 360. The updated controller is going to look very similar to the one that was originally released, but it will come equipped with some cutting-edge features.
The Hyperkin Xenon will come with updated buttons for the menu, view, and share functions, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and a cable that uses the USB-C standard. In addition to black, pink, and red, it will also be available in the white finish that was exclusive to the Xbox 360 generation.
You may be familiar with the name Hyperkin if you are a fan of classic video games. Alternatively, you may be familiar with the company because you are aware of how they brought back the long-lost Duke, which was the massive controller for the original Xbox. The one that is so large that it is impractical to use.
“Someone is young enough to be referring to this as the ‘original’ Xbox controller to their friends,” said PC Gamer Senior Editor Wes Fenlon, a sentence that caused me to feel a certain amount of bewilderment. “Someone is young enough to be referring to this as the ‘original’ Xbox controller to their friends,” said PC Gamer Senior Editor Wes Fenlon. I guess that now that I’ve reached an age where I’m old enough, a game generation from which I consciously chose not to own a console can be considered retro.
The Xbox 360 controller is not yet ancient, having only turned 17 years old; however, in comparison to the hardware that was released this year, it is about as old as a Sinclair ZX80 or Atari 800 when the Nintendo 64 was released. Or approximately the same age as the Sega Mega Drive was when the Xbox 360 was released.
I will admit that the Xenon design by Hyperkin is impressive, and I think that a lot of people are going to be ecstatic about the possibility of purchasing a brand-new controller in the design aesthetic of their choice. Even marketing is a part of it! Packaging!