Let us dive into the history of Xbox controllers! Starting from the original Xbox in 2001, the Xbox 360 in 2005, Xbox One in 2013 and right up to the latest Xbox Series X and Series S.
From the first generation Xbox, the controller was visually far different from what you would see today with the Xbox One and Series X controllers. The original controller that shipped with the first Xbox in 2001 was really chunky with a 'blocky' design. It featured all the same buttons except for the two shoulder buttons (LB and RB), those two buttons were still on the face of the controller.
A few years later, in 2005, the Xbox 360 was launched with a whole new controller design. The Xbox 360 controller featured a very similar button layout, but the RB and LB shoulder buttons were introduced.
In 2013, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One with yet another controller design. The buttons were virtually indistinguishable from the Xbox 360 controller layout, but the controller frame itself featured a more sleek and modern design.
The brand new Xbox Series X and S controller are exactly the same for both new consoles, and includes small additional features like a screed grab and share button which games can access while gaming.
The biggest advantage Xbox has over Sony with the new controllers is that the Xbox One controller will still work seamlessly with the new Xbox Series X and S consoles.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Linus Tech Tips, on the history of Xbox Controllers.