To each his own poison when it comes to gaming nostalgia. This may be the low-poly heaven of Final Fantasy VIIthe character models of or the satisfying click of inserting real physical game cartridges. Or maybe your nostalgia is just a little less nostalgic; more digital; a lot more apt to show the Dorito dust spots.
For the latter group, Hyperkin takes its breath away from the early 2000s: a new Xbox 360 controller designed for both modern PCs and consoles. The Xenon, as it’s called (a nod to Microsoft’s codename for the Xbox 360), isn’t just a lookalike, it’s an officially licensed remake.
What’s new? — The controller is updated with modern amenities like a share button, USB-C connectivity, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting your headset of choice. Hyperkin is also generous on colors and plans to release Xenon in black, pink and red, in addition to the original Dorito dust-attracting white.
This isn’t Hyperkin’s first rodeo when it comes to reviving a piece of Xbox nostalgia. You might remember the Duke, a send-off of Xbox’s original (and very beefy) black controller. It’s also steeped in Nintendo nostalgia with controllers like the Admiral – a wireless rendition of the Nintendo 64’s iconic trident-shaped contraption.
One of my personal favourites, if only out of sheer delirium, is the X91 Ice controller – an unholy marriage between Sega’s Genesis controller and the Xbox. It’s seamless; It’s strange; it even works for Xbox Series S and X!
Although we haven’t seen the IRL controller yet, the Xenon looks like a very diligent remake of Microsoft’s original hardware. Personally, I wouldn’t mind reliving the smooth plastic tactile pleasure of the Xbox 360 controller, as opposed to the matte feel of the current generation. Maybe it will even get progressively fatter the more you use it!
Price and release date — Design-wise, the Xbox 360 controller is much closer to the current-gen controllers that most people use now, so the Xenon might even be less gag than other recreations, and more equipment for daily use.
Unfortunately, there’s no price or release date for the Xenon just yet, so you’ll have to use your imagination for now. Alternatively, if you’ve kept your Xbox 360 controller for so long, Microsoft’s backward compatibility works in your favor.