Somehow, the new controllers set to debut alongside the Xbox Series X later this year have already made their way out into the wild. While the big news surrounding the new controller is that the packaging appears to confirm the existence of another new Xbox console, it's still interesting to see the pad itself up close. Now, as there inevitably has to be for every new piece of tech out there, there's an unboxing video for the new wireless controller.
Uploaded to YouTube by a new account under the name "DontSueMePlease," the video shows packaging that matches up with the controller that surfaced over the weekend, which was verified to be authentic by The Verge. It's even the same "Robot White" colorway, which could suggest that the Xbox Series S, like the One S before it, may be white in contrast to the Series X's black monolith. That, or Microsoft just wants both controller color options out at launch.
In terms of its features and appearance, there's little about the new Xbox Wireless Controller that Microsoft hasn't already covered to some detail. Apart from the new disc-shaped d-pad and the Share button, it shares a lot more in common with the Xbox One's controllers than the DualSense does with the DualShock 4, which makes sense considering that Microsoft's allowing intergenerational compatibility of controllers while Sony's limiting it.
What is helpful is seeing the new Wireless Controller side-by-side with others, including an Xbox Elite pad, a DualShock 4, and a Switch Pro controller. Placed next to each other in the video, you can indeed tell that the newer Xbox controller is ever-so-slightly smaller than the older one while retaining the same overall shape and profile.
We'll likely need to wait until the official release of the new controller and console(s) to see some real tests of the new Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) feature, but folks who manage to get one now don't need to wait to start using it. As Twitter user @zakk_exe has discovered, an up-to-date Xbox One console will already properly sync up with and recognize the new controllers.
It's very, very odd to see functional controllers out there before we even know the price and release date for Microsoft's next Xbox, but that's the way things have shaken out. As for Project Lockhart/the Xbox Series S, perhaps we'll finally see Microsoft talk about it at its next not-Xbox 20/20 showcase.