Hyperkin’s New Xbox Controller Is Finally Official with a Hall Effect Upgrade

Hyperkin’s new Xbox controller is finally official with a Hall effect upgrade such as drift-free sticks that come in a PlayStation-style layout. The Hyperkin Competition in question was initially teased back in 2019, and right now it’s finally official and with a host of effect upgrades.

Hyperkin’s New Xbox Controller

Hyperkin’s New Xbox Controller

Third-party controller makers in the industry are continuing to pick up the slack from Sony, Microsoft, and even Nintendo when it comes to crafting more durable, drift-proof controllers. Hyperkin in question is now announcing the Competition. The Competition as you should know is an Xbox-licensed wired controller for Xbox Series X / S and PC with a PlayStation-like symmetrical stick layout that you do not find on Xbox gamepads commonly. But, even more importantly, it makes use of both Hall effect sensors for its sticks as well as impact triggers to help minimize long-term wear and tear.

The Competition Was Once Teased Quietly Back In the Before Time at E3 2019

The Competition as you should know was once teased quietly way back in the Before Time at E3 2019, but however after a long enough delay, the company behind it, Hyperkin revised it to be inclusive of the upgraded sensors. But however, even after all that time, the launch date as well as its price are still not finalized. The device is tentatively set for release in the first quarter of 2024 with an estimated MSRP of $49.99, but the Public Relations Manager for Hyperkin in the person of Terence Calacsan, reveals to The Verge, “This is subject to change.”

How Hall Effect Sensors Work

Hall effect sensors as you should know make use of magnets to detect movement, thus meaning that there is no internal friction or impact between surfaces when it is that you are turning an analog stick or even pressing a trigger. Potentiometer-based modules, such as the ones that are used in all first-party gamepads, from Nintendo Joy-Cons down to the DualSense Edge of Sony and the Xbox Elite Series 2 of Microsoft, can all fall victim to drift over time.

Competition from Hyperkin In Contrast To Others in the Industry

The Competition from Hyperkin may just sound a bit similar to the recent G7 SE of GameSir, which as you should know was the first Xbox-licensed gamepad to make use of the superior stick technology, but the Competition however aims to separate itself with its very own unique (for Xbox) stick positioning.

We will however have to see if it gets to compete on price as well. Though if more and more gamepad makers in the industry go Hall effect, it will very much hopefully convince the console makers to follow suit eventually even if it gets to take a whole new console generation.



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