Xbox One controller to get PC compatibility next year
Microsoft has revealed that its Xbox One controller will be adapted for use with Windows PCs next year
Any PC gamers staring longingly at the new Xbox One controller can now look forward to getting their own version. Microsoft has confirmed today it will be adding support for Windows PCs in 2014.
Like the original Xbox 360 controller, a wired Xbox One pad will be recalibrated for PC titles and released some time next year.
"As we've stated, the Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller," a Microsoft rep told CVG.
"New wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in 'wired' mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC."
The result should be, according to the rep, a seamless gaming experience when using one of the new pads with a PC title.
"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," they said.
It means PC gamers will have to wait a little bit longer following the November release of the Xbox One, but considering how great the controller is (we know, we've used it), this is nothing but good news for PC fans.