The second game console from Microsoft, marketed in 2005 in France, made an impression on many minds. Slade Suzuki, Product Manager at Hyperkin recalls, “I remember when the Xbox 360 came out, it was a groundbreaking experience. Online multiplayer, downloadable games, and its controller like no other. I have so many fond memories of the Xbox 360. We are thrilled to be able to rekindle this nostalgia on the new consoles with the Xenon controller “.
Seen from a distance, the Xenon could pass for a real replica of the original Xbox 360 controller. Same creamy white color, same button layout. A little more analysis shows that Hyperkin has added some very modern features. In addition to being Windows, Xbox Series X, Series S, and Xbox One compatible, the Xenon now has a USB-C port, a 3.25mm headphone jack, and a social media sharing button.
The Xenon is now a controller compatible with modern consoles
One point on which Hyperkin has proven to be intransigent (or is it an oversight?) is in terms of Xenon connectivity. This last must be connected by cable, which in our time, and even if we appreciate a touch of nostalgia, is far too anachronistic. Hyperkin is not at its first attempt when it comes to re-editing controllers for Xbox. In 2018, the company re-released the Xbox Duke Controllerthe controller of the first game console from the Redmond firm.
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The latter was long criticized because of its lack of ergonomics and its size. A defect corrected with the Xbox 360 controller which, even in 2022, is an ergonomic model. The Xenon will be available in white, black, red, and pink on the retro accessories manufacturer’s website. No information has yet filtered regarding a release date, or even the price of the controller.