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Xbox One will support eight controllers concurrently

Microsoft doubles number of potential players from 360

Details of the Xbox One's controller have been published by Microsoft, revealing that the console will double the number of potential concurrent players to eight. Previously both the 360 and original Xbox supported just four.

Revealed via the controller's official product page, the news indicates that there are likely to be some games in the works which are very much focused on group play. This certainly fits with Microsoft's plans for Kinect, which is able to identify several different players in a room via facial recognition. Kinect will also pick up controllers via IR, meaning that player profiles can be properly assigned to the correct controller automatically.

Over 40 improvements have been made to Microsoft iconic device since the last generation, including an increased wireless range of 30 feet, new haptic feedback in the triggers and an improved D-pad.

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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve3 years ago
Now this is certainly interesting to me. Since the Nintendo 64 we haven't seen more than four controllers at a time. For games where all players are on the same screen (i.e. not split screen) it's great that developers can actually push past that old restriction. I wonder how many games will actually take advantage of this though. If anything the Xbox 360 and PS3 had less games that supported four controllers than the generations before them with the emphasis on online play.
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Dominic Roberts Android SDK Enginner, TapDaq3 years ago
@Thomas
The PS3 supports 7 controllers, the only game I've seen take advantage of that is FIFA.

But this is good news and I'd love to see more games take advantage of this, however you'll still need to go back to the Sega Saturn I think it is for 16 player Bomberman...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
This is likely just the fact Bluetooth can support 8 devices (1 master device and 7 slave devices). The Wii, Wii U, PS3 and PS4 are the same way.
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Steven Hodgson Programmer, Code in Progress Ltd3 years ago
I don't think my TV has room to split 8 times
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
Unless the console also supports two (or three) displays I don't see this being particularly useful, but bluetooth supporting more devices is definitely helpful.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
@Nicholas--The only useful thing I see coming from this are boosting parties for achievements. So now instead of needing four people with four controllers each taking up a full 16 person lobby you will now only need two people(yourself and one other), saving a bit of time and hassle by not needing to invite and deal with several different people at once.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange3 years ago
Back in the Saturn-PS days, 8 to 10 player games were all the rage. Street Racer (1~8 split screen) and Bomberman (1~10 same screen) was a blast.
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