Microsoft might be rolling out new upgrades to its Xbox One controller in the future. The company filed two patents for its controller’s triggers back in June 2017–the first for triggers with an input device with linear geared feedback and the second for triggers with motor-driven adjustable tension–and both were granted in December 2018.
Together, both patents focus on providing greater feedback when pulling the trigger on an Xbox One controller, which should increase the level of responsiveness in games where the triggers are used for action-specific tasks, like shooting or running. Both patents only include a diagram of the Xbox One controller, but if these upgrades were to roll out, Microsoft would potentially implement them in Xbox One Elite controllers as well. Windows Latest, which first reported on the patents, theorized these designs might also be for entirely new controllers instead of upgrades to existing ones.