Microsoft patent detail changes to Xbox controller’s stick movement

Image Courtesy: Microsoft

Microsoft has been granted a patent for a new enhancement to
the Xbox One controller’s movement control. According to a
new patent
application, Microsoft plans to transform the Xbox One
controller’s stick movement space for a better experience.

Spotted by us, the patent titled ‘TRANSFORMING A CONTROL STICK
MOVEMENT SPACE’ is fairly new as it was filed by Microsoft in
2018 and published by
USPTO on July 11, 2019.

In Microsoft’s patent background, they note that controllers
utilize one or more control sticks. The control sticks may
include both mechanical and electrical components to generate
position values in one or more directional axes. The device may
receive input that employs a central dead zone in which the
position of the control stick is ignored.

The patent application proposes new methods that would
transform output of a control stick.

“In some systems, a central dead zone may be employed in a
movement space of position values. For example, a video game
may define a central dead zone within the movement space. When
the control stick is located in the dead zone, the position of
the control stick reported to the game is ignored. In some
examples, the position values of the control stick reported by
the device may be adjusted to compensate for a dead zone or
another sensitivity region in the movement space,” the company
noted in the patent description.

Xbox One controller patent
Image Courtesy: USPTO / Microsoft

In this method, the device receiving a dead zone inflection
point also defines a boundary of a dead zone region. It defines
a playspace region within a first normalized unit-area movement
space of the control stick. The method also aims to transform
the current position to a transformed position in the scaled
first normalized unit-area movement space.

As always, patents do not mean new products and Microsoft
regularly obtains patents on new technology.

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