A Controller So Beautiful You Might Not Care If It Actually Sucks

If you’ve been playing video games since the original NES hit North America over 30 years ago, your tastes have probably refined over the years. So why muck up your living room coffee table with plastic controller monstrosities when this gorgeous walnut and aluminum alternative perfectly complements all your furniture?


Designed by Kem Studio for SON, a New York-based “lifestyle gaming brand,” other details about the S1 are thin at this point. Presumably designed to replace the controller that came with your Xbox One or PS4, the S1 features a lightweight aluminum housing topped with a solid walnut face.

So it’s got looking lovely down pat, but almost everything else remains a mystery. Its pair of analog joysticks can be adjusted to different heights, but battery life, connectivity, and compatibility are all unknown. Can it really balance form and function well enough to make it a suitable replacement controller without being an eyesore? We’ll pass judgement once we see more than a stylish render—but we’ll remain hopeful. [Kem Studio via Cool Material]


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