The controller for the original Xbox was a little large to say the least, and it came under some fierce criticism at the time. The co-creator Seamus Blackley, who no longer works for Microsoft, responded to a comment on Twitter about the controller.
“It was embarrassingly enormous; politically I had no juice to fix it,” he tweeted. “They ignored focus tests; I understand you can land a helicopter on it.”
Apparently the controller was huge as “The guy in charge of the controller picked a vendor that couldn’t make the electronics small, so they made the design huge to fit around it.”
Microsoft shipped a smaller version on the controller in Japan, and also released a new version here in Europe.