Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Xbox gamers will be interested to learn that early prototypes for the original Xbox’s controller were heavily inspired by the Dreamcast’s controller.
Co-creator of the Xbox, Seamus Blackley, revealed the early designs via Twitter. Blackley acknowledged the similarities to the Dreamcast’s controller, saying: “These look as they do because at the time, Dreamcast was king. Influence,” he said on Twitter.
Some original Xbox controller designs from November 1999. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/cTReQCJ96s
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) June 26, 2016
You may also have noted that some of the art features characters from the Dreamcast series Power Stone. Blackley went on to say that Microsoft never came close to going with these designs. It would seem no prototypes were ever made and that these designs never left the drawing board.
It’s very interesting to see how the Xbox controller went through so many phases of design and it’s a nice homage to the long-dead Dreamcast. May it rest easy.