Xbox One controller will support PC eventually, says Microsoft boss

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By on March 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Currently, the Xbox One controller doesn’t officially support PC gaming, which is a bit disappointing given how popular the Xbox 360′s pad is for games that don’t work quite as well with keyboard and mouse.

We had expected Microsoft to update the pad eventually, making it work with Windows right out the box, but then rumour lifted its ugly head and dashed those hopes, with whisperers saying Microsoft instead intended to release a standalone PC pad, forcing cross-platform players to purchase two peripherals.

Happily, Microsoft’s Albert Penello took to NeoGAF to put paid to this bit of slander.

“This is 100% wrong. When the drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows,” he said.

“It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 – the Xbox One controller you have today will work. That’s not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.”

You won’t need any special adapter if you have a wired pad, he added.

“The controller (in wired mode) will work as-is. How wireless will/could work is TBD. There are some options we are looking at.

“No more updates on the timeframe beyond what’s been publicly stated – the plan is this year. When the update comes out and we have more details, I can explain the holdup.”

Source: OXM

15 comments (Leave your own)

I’ve never played a PC game where I’ve thought to myself “damn, wish I had a less precise control device with more limited button options”.

 

I prefer my old 360 controllers anyway … And the new PS4 controller is just about fine and works perfectly as is …

 

spooler:
I prefer my old 360 controllers anyway … And the newPS4 controller is just about fine and works perfectly as is …

If you get that driver, sure.

Though with the driver it’s pretty awesome, if even the fact the lights are customizable.

 

trb:
I’ve never played a PC game where I’ve thought to myself “damn, wish I had a less precise control device with more limited button options”.

*Vilifies controller*
*Only plays COD/WOW*

 

calvat: If you get that driver, sure.

Though with the driver it’s pretty awesome, if even the fact the lights are customizable.

The driver isn’t necessary at all unless you want the sixaxis and touchpad support. It’s plug and play as a basic controller, works exactly the same as any other USB gamepad.

Also, the Xbone controller seems to be a step down from the 360 in every way other than the dpad, not sure why anyone would want one for PC use.

 

hobomaster: The driver isn’t necessary at all unless you want the sixaxis and touchpad support. It’s plug and play as a basic controller, works exactly the same as any other USB gamepad.

Also, the Xbone controller seems to be a step down from the 360 in every way other than the dpad, not sure why anyone would want one for PC use.

pretty much this.

 

Oh? I thought the reports said it was an improvement over the 360 controller. I thought it was ok when I tried it at JB, or at least the force feedback triggers were cute.

 

take your shitty controller and stick it microsoft, the 360 controller is perfect.

 

I bought one of those Afterglow controllers from EB games (360 and a PS3 one), and it has proved to be excellent, lights up and pisses everyone off in the room too! ;)

 

I like the idea of rumble in the triggers on the Xbone controller, but I’m not sure how many PC games will support them.

I haven’t heard many people saying the Xbone controller better than the 360. Most say it’s a step back from the 360, or at the very least they talk about how much better the PS4 controller is.

Think I’ll stick with my trust 360 controller for PC games for now. Besides, the Steam controller is on the horizon anyway.

 

I prefer the xbox360 on my PC for some JRPG games, the old ones, and 2d platformers, and yeah some ported spectacle fighters (like the batman series) just work better with the pad…other than that, I always go mouse/kb over it.

Anyway…im looking at the new controller….so what they did is got a new plastic molding for the xbox controller, and other than that its the exact same thing…right?

why on earth would you get a new one if the old one works fine?

I mean I could understand if they tossed in a few more buttons and perhaps some other gimmick, like you know, its a new controller….

If you ask me theres nothing different, unless im missing something…

basically…who cares?

 

The new dpad is fairly appealing for a lot of people, because the 360′s dpad is basically complete and utter shite. But the PS4 controller seems like a better option there, honestly. I guess it’s a good option for people who are very set on having the Xbox layout?

 

El_Funko:
I like the idea of rumble in the triggers on the Xbone controller, but I’m not sure how many PC games will support them.

I really really really liked triggers when playing forza in the store. Does the PS4 also do this?

 

spike4379:
take your shitty controller and stick it microsoft, the 360 controller is perfect.

What’s wrong with it? What’s stopping you from using your 360 controller if you prefer it?

People like you really do blow my mind.

“Here’s a good thing that’s coming for those who might be interested…”

“F*** YOU YOU F***KING A**HOLE, HOW F**KING DARE YOU THINK I’D BE INTERESTED!!! I’M COMPLETELY OUTRAGED!!!”

This is how you appear. Stop it.

 
 
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