Xbox One supports 2x as many controllers as PS4

Grab the popcorn, folks: It’s time for another instalment of “Anything you can do, I can do better” – and this time, it’s the Xbox One that seems to come out on top. The question on the table today: How many controllers can connect to your console at one time?

Xbox One controller on left, PS4 DualShock 4 on right

Xbox One controller on left, PS4 DualShock 4 on right

Microsoft updated the Xbox One Wireless Controller website with the information that you will be able to “Connect up to 8 Wireless Controllers at once to your console” – and that each controller will be usable from up to 30 feet away.

This is twice as many as could be connected to an Xbox 360 – and one more than could connect to a PlayStation 3.

Sony has not made any official announcements on the topic, but Shuhei Yoshida, president of the company’s Worldwide studios has commented via his Twitter that the PlayStation 4 will only allow four simultaneous controller connections.

It’s not necessarily such a clear-cut issue as this, however. It’s still up to individual developers and publishers to determine how many people will be able to play at the same time – very few actually took advantage of 7-person local multiplayer on the PS3. Chances are that, regardless of console capabilities, most games will stick to the traditional 4-player option.

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