Posted by Chuck Corbin on Aug 13, 2013

Xbox One Controller Will Work With Your PC… Next Year

One of the best things about the Xbox 360’s controller is the fact that it works well with the PC. Luckily for PC gamers everywhere, if you’re looking to get your hands on the Xbox One’s controller (which looks pretty sweet, in all honesty) it’ll work on the PC just as well as it’s predecessor. Well, almost as well.

Despite looking similar to the 360’s controller, the Xbox One’s controller won’t be compatible with the PC at launch. Due to several new features, including a new wireless protocol, Impulse triggers and a brand new “wired” mode (which allows for the controller over the line if it’s hooked up via USB cable to the system) the new controller will need some different drivers to function. The drivers for the controller won’t be ready until sometime in 2014.

Part of the reason why it’ll take so long is to ensure compatibility with PC games that are compatible with 360 controllers. “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.” I suppose that it’s better to take your time and get it right the first time, than rushing it out. If only they had taken the same care in their policies as they are with the controller…


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