Ferrago is reporting that Xbox’s Peter Moore has said the company might just be working on a new controller for the Xbox 360. The new design would be more simplistic and intuitive to make the system less overwhelming to players — especially young children.
Forget the young children, I’m intimidated with what’s out there now. Controllers, all in all, are just too darn complex for a lot of folks (me) to master. I’m not the most coordinated of individuals and while I love the 360 and its games, I stink at them. It’s not for a lack of understanding on how to play or what to do either. It’s just because my fingers won’t hit those dang buttons fast enough. I can find the letters on a keyboard, no sweat. Give me a controller with Y, X and A, B buttons and I’m lost.
Moore said Microsoft is interested in "any way that we can play and make games easier and more intuitive, that takes the intimidation factor away from what is a pretty complex device now when you look at the controller."
I say whew and about time!
The MS role model it seems isn’t the Wii controller. Rather, it’s the Atari 2600 joystick. Regardless of inspiration, any improvement will be welcomed by those of us who can be counted as less than coordinated gamers.