We’ve already gotten a good look at some new features of the Xbox One controller, like the improved analog sticks, difference in grip texture and new trigger feedback. There’s even more info in a new post on the Xbox news site. But the thing that excites me the most is the fact that you won’t have to sync the damn thing up every time you walk away from it:
Low Power State – If you’re watching a movie or need to step away from the TV, the controller enters a low power state that conserves your battery. The moment you pick it up again, it will be ready for use without having to resynch with the console.
The post also discusses how Kinect will be used to pair controllers to the Xbox One console and sense who’s using a game pad:
Seamless Connectivity – Each controller uses a combination of invisible reflective technology and LEDs to send a patterned infrared signal to your console and Kinect sensor. Not only does this make pairing the devices seamless, but it enables Kinect to associate the controller with whoever is holding it. This introduces innovative experiences, such as player switching, where a split screen display can swap positions on the TV if users change seats on the couch.
Like all features in new hardware, this stuff will only reach its most intriguing state after developers start messing around with it. But I, for one, will be glad to never have to to press a Synch button again.