Microsoft executive and Xbox head Phil Spencer has spoken out about the updated PlayStation 5 controller, praising its haptic feedback technology.
Speaking in an interview with The Verge published today, Spencer said that he “applauds what they did with the controller” and thinks that both Microsoft and Sony can learn from each other in the future.
“I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on, whether it’s distribution of business model like Game Pass, or controller tech, or the Wii back in the day.”
The DualSense wireless controller was a big departure from the design used for the PS4. Sony implemented new technology allowing for haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. This essentially means that games can send different levels of force and vibration to each trigger, creating a more immersive experience for players.
Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X|S controller is almost exactly the same as the Xbox One model. The only real differences are a slightly smaller design, a textured grip, and a share button to save screenshots and gameplay clips. The lack of innovation with the new controller is likely a result of the Xbox Series X|S being compatible with all previous Xbox one accessories.
However, Spencer told The Verge, “We can innovate on top of that, and we’re going to look at what any other company does and learn from it.” That could mean Microsoft might create a more advanced gamepad in the future.