The Duke controller revival design has been signed off by Microsoft

You may have thought it was an elaborate hoax, but the planned revival of the unfathomably monstrous original Xbox controller – we called it the Duke back then, out of fearful reverence – is a real thing and it’s really happening. Soon.

Initially unveiled at E3, we now have confirmation that the suits at Microsoft (presumably big, burly chaps who don’t see the problem with a gamepad that’s got the heft and ergonomics of a VW Beetle) have approved the final design.

Put together by peripheral developer Hyperkin (who seem to trade in precariously pirate-ish retro console hybrid machines, among other things), under the guidance of and with blessing from Seamus Blackley (co-creator of the original Xbox), the rebirth of the Duke is being kitted out to be a compatible match for the current Xbox One controller.

Besides its gargantuan proportions, it’s the new LCD screen where the original Xbox logo used to be which has us intrigued – but right now, we have no idea what it’ll be used for. If it’s just to show the logo animation, then… well, that’s just stupid.