Xenoblade Chronicles 2 launched yesterday and with it came the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pro Controller. According to those who purchased it, it feels a little different compared to the standard Pro Controller on offer. It seems that Nintendo has tweaked the d-pad a little. Reddit member Howwy23 purchased one and had this to say about the differences:
“Some people have mentioned here that the dpad on the xeno controller feels different to older pro controllers, so I opened up my xeno controller and an older one to take a look.
I found that nintendo have infact redesigned the dpad a little in the xeno controller.
The first difference, which I hope you will see in the pictures in the link, is that the pole in the xeno controller is longer than the old controllers, yes despite what everyone thought the old controllers do have a pole on the dpads.
The second difference can’t really be shown, but the rubber membrane for the switch dpad has a tube in the center that the pole sits in. In the old controllers this tube is made of a hard rigid rubber while the new one is softer and less rigid.
This means the xeno dpad now rocks around and it’s now impossible to press left and right, and up and down at the same time, while making it less likely to do accidental triggers of other directions too.
This new design will probably be introduced into all controllers, but nintendo will likely have surplus stock of the old design they will sell through, meaning both old and new will be on the shelves at the same time, so the xeno controller is the only way to guarantee getting the new design for now.”