Here’s What An Xbox One Prototype Controller Looked Like, Built-In Screen And All

Microsoft has shed light on some of the Xbox One prototype controllers that ultimately led to the creation of the new control pad that will ship along side its next-gen console when it hits store shelves this Friday.

Believe it or not, the company created hundreds of different prototypes that experimented with all sorts of crazy functionality; one of which even emitted smells. "We built small slugs of different types of smells that could actually come out of a controller," general manager for accessories Zulfi Alam told VentureBeat. "Like, as you walked through a jungle, you’d smell the flora."

Another controller featured a small screen. Check out the image of it below.
 

As for why Microsoft opted out of including a screen or touchpad on the final controller, Alam went on to add: "You've got a great TV with a better speaker than we could ever put in this controller. And it made more sense to [not make players look down at a display], keeping the user’s attention on the TV. We really want them to be immersed in the experience that’s happening in front of them."
 

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[Via IGN]