Computing firm tested numerous prototypes before settling on final design

Microsoft spent over $100m on Xbox One controller R&D

A whopping $100m was spent on research and development for Xbox One’s controller, Microsoft has revealed.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Xbox GM for accessories Zulfi Alam explained that the company went through a variety of prototypes before settling on a design similar to the Xbox 360 peripheral.

"I don’t want to go into specifics, but it’s over $100 million for sure,” Alam said.

“Between the tooling of the device, the investments we made in process technology, and the engineering work that went into it, we invested a lot to get this thing right."

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