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Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb Talks Xbox One Accessories in New Video

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Posted on October 15, 2013 AT 01:50pm

Microsoft has released a new video in which Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Xbox director of strategic alliance Branden Powell discuss the Xbox One and peripherals such as racing wheels.

As director of strategic alliance, Powell’s job is to liaise with third-party manufacturers who design and develop accessories for the Xbox One. One thing that’s new to how the Xbox One will interact with accessories is recognition—namely, learning what players’ preferred configurations are and retaining that information so they don’t have to set up something like a fight stick as though every use is the first time. Force feedback will also be adaptive, not “canned,” generating different levels based on in-game actions rather than a predetermined level.

Featured in the video are two racing wheels: Thrustmaster’s 458 Italia model–inspired wheel and Mad Catz’s modular wheel which can be reconfigured with different wheels depending on the style of racing game a player prefers. Powell also confirms that Xbox 360 racing wheels and accessories will not be compatible with the Xbox One.

Both Thrustmaster and Mad Catz’s wheels will be compatible with Forza Motorsport 5, which launches alongside the Xbox One November 22 in North America and Europe.

Source: Major Nelson

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