Do you own an Xbox Series X? Have you experienced issues with your controllers disconnecting?
If so, you’re not the only person.
In fact, Microsoft is rushing out a fix for this seemingly common issue.
Until that is fully resolved, they advise consumers to update the controller’s software if they get a chance.
Microsoft told CNET in a statement about the issue, “We are aware some players may be experiencing disconnects with their new Xbox Wireless Controllers and our teams are actively working on a solution to be included in a future update.”
Other solutions that gamers have suggest included turning the controller on and off as well as playing with it connected to the console. As you can imagine, no one likes that solution as it takes console gaming back to the PS2 era.
Interestingly, this is the only real speed bump the latest Xbox’s release has experienced outside of a shortage of consoles. Most new hardware has more than a few quirks and it seems that Microsoft is working those out now.
It’s also probably not the way that Microsoft wanted to begin the console’s 20th birthday. That’s right, some twenty years ago this year the first Xbox hit the market. For those of you with long memories, you’ll recall the Duke controller and the ungodly size of the original console itself. Seriously, if the original Xbox had fallen off of a shelf, it could maim or kill a housecat. Massive and powerful, the console really hit its stride with Halo 2, a title that still holds a special place in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Other standout titles for the system include Bethesda’s Morrowind and the Ninja Gaiden title for the system.
Originally conceived as Microsoft’s way to get into the living room, the Xbox came as a result of the company’s increasing fear of video game consoles as a transmission vector for an OS and products other than its own. The Xbox wasn’t the first time that Microsoft dabbled in gaming but it does represent perhaps the most potent effort the company had amassed until that time. Previously working with Sega on their Dreamcast system, Microsoft had looked at video game consoles as a future medium but didn’t really take it seriously until the PlayStation 2 delivered its one-two punch of being a games console and a DVD player. This dual functionality put it in more homes than anyone thought possible and it piqued Microsoft’s interest in the potential of game consoles to be platforms for more than just gaming.
Bloomberg has an excellent article recounting the development of the original Xbox from a firsthand perspective. We suggest that you check that out.
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