One of the biggest enhancements to next generation technology came not so much from the console, but from the controller. The PlayStation DualSense Controller added haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, making games feel more immersive. It seems that Xbox has taken note, potentially looking to see how it may incorporate those features into their own controllers.
In a recent Kinda Funny Gamecast podcast episode with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer (sourced through VGC), Spencer stated that the team is looking to update its own controller after seeing what Sony did with the DualSense. He stated, “we’re definitely thinking about different kinds of devices that can bring more games to more places. There’s probably some work that we’ll do on the controller. I think Sony’s done a nice job with their controller and we kind of look at some of that and [think] there are things we should go to.” (quoted from VGC).
However, it appears that this may not be something the company is working on in the near future as they consider how Xbox technology functions across Microsoft’s different platforms: “we just look at what happens on Windows and other places and see if there’s a unique opportunity for us. Right now I don’t think there’s anything that’s obvious to me.”
He did make clear, however, that VR was still not a feature the company was interested in bringing to the console.