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Xbox Controller With OLED Screen Unveiled by Asus

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Xbox Controller With OLED Screen Unveiled by Asus

Asus has revealed the Raikiri Pro, an Xbox-licensed controller with an OLED display, there is not yet a release date or price attached to the news. The peripheral comes shortly after Microsoft patented a controller with an LCD display, which would likely serve an identical purpose as the one on the Asus device. But until and unless Microsoft releases its own take on the controller-con-display for consumers, gamers will at least have a couple of other choices.

People have been creating custom game controllers for years, which has been enabled by Microsoft’s Xbox Design Lab. Some of these fan-made controllers come with displays, but the most famous might be Hyperkin’s Xbox Duke controller that came out in 2018, whose giant circular logo served as a perfect place for an animated display. Until now, however, other makers haven’t really gotten on the controller display bandwagon.

CES 2023 officially began on January 5, but companies started showing their new products and technologies a few days before that. Asus revealed the ROG Raikiri Pro, a controller with a 1.3-inch OLED display that has been officially licensed by Xbox primarily for use on PC. The tiny display has a resolution of 128 x 40, and its checks battery or mic status, pair via Bluetooth, and change gaming profiles. But the screen can also be set to show custom animations, wallpapers, or text.

One bonus of the Raikiri Pro is that it has three connectivity modes: 2.4GHz RF, Bluetooth 5.0, and wired USB-C. While the Asus website seems to be mainly praising the controller as a PC peripheral, it also mentions that it will work on next-gen Xbox consoles. Sadly, this likely means it will be compatible only with the Xbox Series X/S and not the Xbox One, which only has USB 3.0 ports, and the marketing blurb explains that the Raikiri Pro will work on the console via the wired USB-C connection.

These features come with four left and right rear buttons that have a textured finish so there is less chance of fingers slipping around. These can be used as hotkeys for in-game commands or to adjust the controller’s joystick sensitivity. The left and right triggers offer either full or short trigger modes with customizable dead zones. And Asus’ Armoury Crate software serves as a hub to adjust everything from vibration strength to button remapping to lighting. There will also be a non-pro version of the Raikiri with fewer rear buttons.

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