Available February 21 from Hyperkin, the X91 wired Xbox One controller is designed to replicate the slender form factor of the game pads of old. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet.
I just received a review sample of the X91 and have yet to put it through its paces, but it’s just such a unique shape compared to other Xbox One controllers that I felt I had to share.
It’s the bastard child of an Xbox One controller and a Super Nintendo game pad, its grips short and stunted, its guide button significantly shrunken. The analog sticks might look smaller, but they’re the same size as Microsoft’s official ones.
I’ve been playing quite a bit of games on my NES Classic recently (the kids need teaching), so I am used to a controller that’s wide and not tall. The only stumbling block I forsee is the bumbers and triggers, as the X91 doesn’t sport the extended grips that allow my forefinger to rest comfortably against the controller’s backside.
I’ll be giving the oddly-shaped controller a go over the next week to see how it handles Xbox One and PC games. Until then, just look at it. Weird.