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Xbox One Controller to Add PC Support in 2014

Posted by Jim Tanous on August 13, 2013

The Xbox One controller, to be released alongside the next generation console this fall, will continue the tradition set by its predecessor and be compatible with Windows PCs, according to company representatives speaking with Penny Arcade Monday. However, gamers will likely have to wait until early 2014 for the required software.

The Xbox 360 controller was embraced by console gamers after its 2005 launch, but quickly became one of the best gamepads for PC gaming. Xbox 360 owners with the wired variant of the controller could simply plug it into their computer via USB and gain full gamepad functionality. Those with wireless controllers could join the party, too, but had to purchase a separate wireless gaming receiver to make things work (the wireless version had a detachable USB cable, but it was only used for power; all control communication took place wirelessly).

Looking forward, the Xbox One controller shares a very similar appearance to the venerable Xbox 360 model, but includes entirely new underlying hardware. New features such as Impulse triggers and custom rumble feedback zones promise to make gaming even more immersive and fluid. But this also means that new software is required to provide Windows functionality.

Thankfully, Microsoft is committed to bringing the controller to Windows, even if the company needs extra time to get it working.

There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller, will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user. We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.

Those interested in all of the Xbox One controller’s features can check out an in-depth tour hosted by Microsoft’s “Major Nelson” and Xbox Accessories GM Zulfi Alam, embedded below.

Each Xbox One console bundle will include one controller. Additional controllers are already available for pre-order from Microsoft and its retail partners.

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