Nintendo was working on a universal controller that would work on Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation platforms, former executive Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed.
He told Inverse that Nintendo was making this controller in 2019 after Xbox released with its own Xbox Adaptive Controller. Fils-Aime said that Nintendo saw the Xbox Adaptive Controller as a “starting point to create something that would be platform independent and adaptable by any consumer”.
Fils-Aime said, “Imagine an adaptive controller that you could play with your latest Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo platform. That’s what we were working on three years ago.”
The Xbox Adaptive Controller was designed for people with reduced mobility which takes into account the needs of gamers who may not be able to hold a controller for an extended period of time or reach all triggers and buttons.
File-Aime left Nintendo in 2019 and isn’t sure if that project is still happening, but he hopes so.
“I don’t know if it is or not,” said Fils-Aime. “But also, I hope that this controller – and the ability for this controller to connect to all the different systems – gets launched and shared with consumers as quickly as possible.”
Also in the Inverse interview, Fils-Aime said he was “a blockchain tech enthusiast” and thinks “NFTs can be very interesting.” His book, Disrupting the Game, came out earlier this year.
Fils-Aime was a board member of GameStop but left the company when management did not listen to his advice. He now sits on the boards of the Brunswick boat company and the Spin Master toy company.
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