Feb 10, 2012

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Rumor: Xbox 720 Controllers Will Have Touchpads

Rumor: Xbox 720 Controllers Will Have Touchpads

A report in Xbox World Magazine states that the Xbox 360′s successor will have a touchscreen built into the controller.  The shape of the controller is reported to be more similar to the PS Vita though instead of Nintendo’s Wii U tablet.

The sources state that the next Xbox “will be a matte-black media hub with a mission to bring games to life in your living room with augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect.”

The controller itself is described as an HD screen surrounded by the traditional layout of the 360 buttons and sticks.  In terms of operating your console, the touchscreen will be second only to the Kinect device.  The report described the versatility of the touchscreen stating:

It could be a remote control when you’re watching TV, a browser when you’re on the internet, extra buttons and information when you’re playing a game or a portable display when you want to take your game with you.

Microsoft is apparently “playing it safe” when it comes to the CPU and GPU, but other functions will change how games will be played and unfortunately, it won’t be cheap.  With traditional tablets, higher prices are expected and as such, the newest Xbox controller is following suit.  The report stated that the price tag is expected to be quite high, maybe even north of $600.

*Note: The featured image is not official and is merely an artists interpretation of what the Xbox 720 will look like.

[Source: Industry Gamers]