Leaked information suggests that Microsoft may be releasing a new Xbox controller called Sebile in 2024. Priced at $70, this controller is said to incorporate the best features from Sony’s DualSense, Valve’s Steam Controller, Google Stadia, and potentially 8BitDo. One of the most exciting features is the inclusion of “precision haptic feedback,” which is similar to what is found in the Sony DualSense controller. This type of haptic feedback adds a new level of immersion to gaming experiences.
To understand the difference in haptic motors between the DualSense and Xbox controllers, a comparison X-ray image is provided. It is important to note that some controllers in the past have claimed to offer similar precision haptics but did not deliver the same impact. The Steam Controller, for example, had questionable haptic feedback, and the haptics on the Nintendo Switch do not reach the level of the DualSense.
One interesting feature that Microsoft could potentially include in the Sebile controller is gyroscope functionality. This would enable gyro aiming, which has been highly praised for its accuracy and effectiveness in games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Steam Deck, a handheld gaming device, also utilizes gyro aiming and has been well-received by users.
Another significant feature of the Sebile controller is its potential to be a “Universal Wireless Controller.” This means that it could be used to control Xbox consoles, mobile devices, PCs, and even cloud gaming services. Google Stadia was the pioneer of direct-to-cloud connectivity, allowing players to seamlessly switch between devices while playing games. Microsoft’s Sebile controller seems to be following a similar concept by connecting directly to the cloud, in addition to offering Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless connectivity.
The Sebile controller also introduces three exciting ideas: a rechargeable and swappable battery, new modular thumbsticks with improved longevity, and seamless pairing and switching between multiple paired devices. The controller may come with a rechargeable battery pack that can be charged via USB-C or replaced with AA batteries if needed. It could also feature a sliding switch or an app for easily switching between different devices. Additionally, the Sebile controller may improve upon the joystick drift issue that plagues many controllers by utilizing Gulikit Hall effect sensor joysticks.
It is uncertain how likely it is for these features to be included in the final version of the Sebile controller, but leaked documents suggest that the project was funded as of May 2022. The controller is expected to be released in May 2024 for $70 and will be bundled with every new Xbox starting in the fall of that year. However, there are also discussions of other controllers, such as Igraine, Actium, and Zarasai, which may or may not receive funding. The leaked documents also imply that the full product vision for Sebile is not currently approved, leaving room for a more pared-down version of the controller to be released.
In addition to Sebile and Igraine, there has been mention of a pack-in accessory named “Bonnie” or “Bonnie Pro.” It is unclear what exactly this accessory is, but speculations include a rechargeable battery, carrying case, or interchangeable stick or stick topper.
Overall, the leaked information about Microsoft’s Sebile controller suggests that it may revolutionize gaming experiences by incorporating the best features from various controllers and offering new functionalities. If the rumors are true, gamers can look forward to an exciting new addition to the Xbox ecosystem in 2024.