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The Duke Is Back and Better Than Ever

The original Xbox controller, also known as the Duke, is making a comeback thanks to Xbox designer and Hyperkin.

Ah The Duke. I hesitate to say it’s fondly remembered but for many it’s hard to forget. Microsoft’s first controller for their very first console was a monster of a thing. While the asymmetrical stick layout was revolutionary and the black and white buttons were unique, The Duke was far too big for most people and really only suited those with very large hands. Despite this, Seamus Blackley, one of the original Xbox’s designers has brought it upon himself to bring it back.

Working with Hyperkin, a third party peripheral designer, Blackley has managed to get it officially certified by Microsoft and into the final stages of development. It won’t be long before its available to the public. But it isn’t just a complete recreation. It’s got a few improvements. For one thing, it’s got a 9 foot long cord and an OLED screen in the middle, resembling the Dreamcast’s VMU in the middle of it.

And here is a picture of the final product, showing off its impressive bulk.

The controller will be usable with Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. Unfortunately there has been no mention of its price yet and no specific release date.