GamingHyperkin Duke Throwback Controller Announced for Xbox One

Hyperkin Duke Throwback Controller Announced for Xbox One

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Back in October of 2016, Seamus Blackley tweeted to his followers, asking if they would like to see a return of the original Xbox Controller (known by many as the “Duke”). They did. They REALLY did.

Two years later, the Hyperkin Duke stands to prove that big controllers are back and ready for veteran fans and newcomers alike. The big guy’s back, everyone.

Hyperkin has announced that the Hyperkin Duke will officially be released on April 30 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Officially licensed by Xbox, in collaboration with Blackley – an integral part of the original Xbox team – the Hyperkin Duke is the first ever third-party controller to bear both an original Xbox design and logo. Blackley, along with Hyperkin’s Research & Development team, worked together to replicate the look and feel of the original Duke.

It’s a bizarre experience, to see a joke on Twitter become a real product,” Blackley said. “Seeing all these gamers so truly happy to get the new Hyperkin Duke is pretty goddamn superb.

What sets this apart from any other “retro” controller? When a player wants a nostalgia kick, all they need to do is press the Xbox button and the original Xbox animated startup screen will play right inside the button. This was no easy task for Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi, although the experience is one he’d never forget.

“It has been a roller coaster of nostalgia, but one of the most fun projects I’ve worked on,” Gallizzi said.

New in the Hyperkin Duke

  • Original animated Xbox startup screen played right inside the Xbox button
  • Bumpers
  • 9 ft. detachable USB cable (required to use the controller)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
  • Option and View buttons

What’s Returning

Classic Xbox button layout, including the original Black and White buttons (mirroring the bumpers)

The Hyperkin Duke Controller is available to pre-order in the UK from FunstockRetro.co.uk and Amazon!

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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