In an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast the father of Xbox talked about his history with Xbox and its creation. For the full audio interview go to the Inner Circle’s Youtube Channel.
Seamus Blackley, the Father of Xbox, has shared with the Inner Circle his history with the infamous Duke controller. For those too young to remember the Duke, it’s the original controller shipped with the OG Xbox. While many Xbox fans look to the old controller with nostalgic praise, Blackley recalls a time period where the controller brought nothing but grief. Admitting that he didn’t have fond memories of the Duke, Blackley acknowledges that although he had seen the criticisms point blank, he had forgotten about those who actually cherished the controller.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) October 6, 2016
The size and button placements of the Duke were criticized by the media and Blackley got the backlash in that regard, but when it came to fans in the modern day, Xbox owners wanted a re release. When questioned on our interview whether or not he would re release the Duke on the Xbox One or Scorpio he responded by recalling a similar question he was asked on Twitter. Having been mocked for the release of the device originally, he hardly saw any point in bringing back such a device to modern hardware. What he didn’t foresee was 2,000 plus responses of fans of the Duke asking for the reemergence of that controller. “Who would want that?” said Blackley “I got so beat up at the time for that by a group of people who had been accustomed to the size of the Playstation and Nintendo controllers that I had lost track of the fact that once they got the thing they loved it”. “When I saw that I was inspired” and with those words he jokingly asked Phil that they should make it happen. While Blackley admits there isn’t much he could report right now, he does state if there is a way it could happen it will happen. Seeing as how the Xbox team has focused a lot on releasing different controllers lately it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Duke come back in all its former glory.
As promised, I am doing actual work to see if we can release a new Duke. Please stay tuned! RT if psyched! pic.twitter.com/BhkKEk7IUQ
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) December 6, 2016