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The Xbox almost got an incredibly weird controller

When Microsoft made its first foray into the games console industry back in November 2001 with the Xbox, it attracted one major criticism: it was MASSIVE. 

Bigger than the VCR/DVD combo it would inevitably be sharing a space under your telly with, the supersized console also came with a vast controller. Whilst comfortable, it felt large enough to play an integral part in manoeuvring an aircraft carrier.

However, things almost went a very different way. 

One of the Xbox's founding fathers Seamus Blackley has recently taken to Twitter to show off some of the controller designs that were being considered before Microsoft picked its black whale. 

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