Charles Murray
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Amazing investment
Charles Murray   12/16/2013 8:49:03 PM
Yikes! $100 million on gthe controller? I guess this explains why games drive the computing market. As someone who never bought electronic games for my kids, I wouldn't have believed it.

Nancy Golden
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Re: the role of games on the controller
Nancy Golden   12/16/2013 12:10:31 AM
So in a nutshell the software (games) also plays a very key role in the design of the controller.

Or should the design of the controller play a key role in the development of the software? I am not a gamer so I am assuming by your statement that there is backward compatibility from the previous Xbox? Future revisions of the games I would think would be released so that they are optimized for this $100M controller...which also adds to the proprietary effect of these types of designs which means more money from people who want to upgrade to the full capability of their systems - and I thought that problem only existed with PCs...

Greg M. Jung
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Human Factors in Design
Greg M. Jung   12/15/2013 9:10:52 PM
Good article which describes how optimizing human factors in a design can be very complicated and challenging at times.  Even though the overall final design did not change significantly, I do recognize Microsoft's efforts for investing a large amount of money to try to ensure that their controller will be best in class.

Habib Tariq
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the role of games on the controller
Habib Tariq   12/15/2013 8:00:41 PM
The feasibility of the controller also depends upon the type of game being played. For example I had a better gaming experience using Xbox controller for games like FIFA than first person shooter games.

Some features may work very well for a controller in a given situation and in other situation it might be totally unnecessary. For example the new touchpad for PS4 controller works well for certain functions, like selecting weapon modes in Killzone: Shadow Fall. But it proved a poor mouse substitute in Assassin's Creed 4's map screen, with slow, latency-prone movement.

So in a nutshell the software (games) also plays a very key role in the design of the controller.

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Price factor
far911   12/13/2013 11:15:43 AM
With both the company,s products are equally good price factor will play its part. 

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