At Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, the company announced a new version of its expensive Xbox One Elite Controller. However, it also revealed that its next-generation console, currently known as Project Scarlett, would be out Holiday 2020. Some fans may be hesitant to buy such an expensive new controller with the next-generation Xbox confirmed for Holiday 2020, but it's been confirmed that the new console will be compatible with all Xbox One controllers.
This confirmation comes from James Shields, the Product/Marketing Manager for Xbox accessories at Microsoft. Shields took to Twitter to clarify that the newly-revealed Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will in fact be compatible with Project Scarlett. He then further clarified that this is true for all Xbox One controllers.
While this may not seem like a big deal to some, it does mean that gamers will save a decent chunk of change when it comes to transitioning from Xbox One to Project Scarlett. It will mean that they won't necessarily have to shell out extra cash for new controllers, which is especially helpful for people who play local multiplayer and co-op games.
Getting a lot of questions on this one: Yes, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 will be compatible with Project Scarlett.— James Shields (@shieldsjames) June 10, 2019
But since Xbox One controllers will work with Project Scarlett, it does make one wonder what the new console's controller will look like. Perhaps Project Scarlett will just stick with the Xbox One controller design, as it is often considered to be one of the absolute best video game controller designs. In fact, the popularity of the Xbox One controller has seen it promoted as the ideal controller for not just Xbox One consoles, but for other gaming hardware like Oculus Rift as well.
Then again, there's always room for improvement, so maybe official Project Scarlett controllers will offer some slight upgrades when compared to the standard Xbox One controller. At this stage, it's far too early to say with certainty what the Project Scarlett will look like or what it will offer to fans, but more information should come to light by next year's E3, where Microsoft is likely to spend a great deal of time promoting the new hardware.