Xbox 360 users looking for another reason to upgrade to the new Xbox One? Instead of just playing a game with you and three friends, now you’ll be able to play with seven others at the same time. The official Xbox One Wireless Controller product page has been updated with some new details about the system, including the ability to simultaneously support up to 8 controllers, each of which will have a 30-foot range.
While this sounds all well and good, doing some simple math shows that the price of purchasing 7 additional controllers at $59.99 each (in addition to the controller that comes with the Xbox One console), plus 8 Play and Charge kits at $25 each would total $619, well over the price of the actual Xbox One itself! Just one more thing that just because you CAN do it, doesn’t mean you should. Imagine splitting your 50-inch TV into 8 smaller frames…. yikes.
Likely a direct result of this discovery, a Twitter user asked Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment about the upcoming PS4 and how many controllers it would support. His answer: 4. That could pose some problems for playing Rock Band, and is a decisive step backwards from the PS3, which already supports 7 simultaneous controllers. It could be something Sony addresses in a future firmware update if the restriction is software-based (most likely).
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