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There’s a fix on the way for Xbox One’s slow controllers

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When it comes to controllers, I’m incredibly bias towards the Xbox One input device. Sure, the PlayStation 4 controller has several bits and bobs that make it a tech-heavy powerhouse, but the Xbox One controller just feels right. It’s an evolution of the superb 360 controller, with the right enhancements dotted around it. One thing that the controller doesn’t do well however? Start up quickly. And that’s something that Microsoft plans to fix.

Right now, the controller takes an agonising 5 seconds to properly boot up, which is absolute torture for somebody like me who wants to play a game right now dammit. According to Major Nelson however, the latest controller firmware will fix that, and more:

Quick Connect – previous controller connections to an Xbox One took 4-5 seconds when powering on a controller, now they should occur in ~2 seconds

Stability improvements – the firmware also provides a number of fixes that address issues submitted by customers and preview participants

I’m on the preview system and will check it out soon enough. Or as soon as I’m done downloading the latest system update, which is a mind-boggling 2gb for some strange and mysterious reason. I’m also in need of a new controller, as I went into full monkey-rage mode one night when trying to fit my headset in, and wound up breaking the input jack, which also means that I can’t use my controller on a PC either. Hopefully, this firmware update will result in a Darryn-proof controller one of these days.

Last Updated: January 27, 2015

26 Comments

  1. WOW, shaving off 3 seconds before I can start playing? Now why don’t we rather focus on the important stuff like cross play pretty please???

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    • Tosh MA

      January 27, 2015 at 10:54

      Windows 10 needs to be implemented first I think.

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      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        January 27, 2015 at 10:55

        Wonder how big THAT system update is going to be if the controller fix is 2GB 😛

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        • Tosh MA

          January 27, 2015 at 11:01

          Might need a new hard drive. 😛

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 27, 2015 at 11:04

          Wonder maybe if Ubisoft had something to do with the controller and 2GB patch???Maybe!!

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        • Pieter Kruger

          January 27, 2015 at 11:08

          Haha, he’s also on the preview program so the 2GB is something completely different. ????

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          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 27, 2015 at 11:15

            Yup most probably something more than just the controllers. But have to try an troll some X-bonies (like a Brony, just a fan of XBones rather than ponies)

  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 27, 2015 at 10:37

    Missing zero located!

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  3. L337J1MB0B

    January 27, 2015 at 10:40

    5 second controller boot time.. LULZ

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  4. hairyknees

    January 27, 2015 at 10:42

    AMEN! PRAISE MICROSOFT FOR GIVING GAMERS EVERYWHERE AN EXTRA 3 SECONDS OF GAMING PER SESSION!

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    • Tosh MA

      January 27, 2015 at 10:54

      Imagine if queues in dota were made 3 seconds faster… It’d change dota forever!

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  5. Francois Knoetze

    January 27, 2015 at 10:48

    Well now they just need to fix the random controller disconnection(unless that is in the fix). That really pisses me off while I am playing. I agree with you Darryn the Xbone controller feels way better than the PS4 controller. still love both my consoles (PS4 is my baby).

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    • Bramstons

      January 27, 2015 at 11:15

      At least they can fix controllers with firmware updates my PS4 controllers R2 button has now broken 3 times and two other people I game with I have the exact same problem, my PS4 is coming up to it’s warranty ending and I have no faith in Sony replacing anything after that date.

      I have just seen this problem is happening a lot as it was recently featured on the UK consumer program Watchdog.

      http://mymediarom.com/files/box/DYWAmDviZ58/bbc-watchdog-20112014.html

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  6. Hammersteyn

    January 27, 2015 at 10:53

    Is there some version of windows installed on the controller?

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 27, 2015 at 11:34

      Don’t thinks so, a tech at Incredible Corruptions told me he just used a micro-usb cable and software from Microsoft’s web page and he was done.

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  7. Lardus-Resident Perve

    January 27, 2015 at 10:54

    2GB system update? WTF? So now not even consoles are released as complete versions?

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    • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

      January 27, 2015 at 10:57

      Dude, what century are you living in? Complete anything??? BAH. This is not how the world works anymore

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      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        January 27, 2015 at 11:05

        I am living in the denial-century 😛

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  8. Gavin Mannion

    January 27, 2015 at 10:54

    And yes Darryn’s inability to plug in a headset still has us all concerned…. I mean how the hell did you screw that up?

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    • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

      January 27, 2015 at 10:57

      hehehehehehehehehhehehehehehe

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  9. Ghost In The Rift

    January 27, 2015 at 11:01

    So is the Xbox one controller for PC all ready out or can you just buy 1 and start looking for all the drivers and firmware for it on Windows?

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    • Bramstons

      January 27, 2015 at 11:28

      The Xbox One controller works instantly with the PC wired, it doesn’t need to run any background programs.

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  10. WitWolfy

    January 27, 2015 at 11:02

    5 seconds, really??? AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!!!

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  11. the desolet one

    January 27, 2015 at 11:44

    i agree that cross gaming needs to be implemented soon as it would make xbox one step higher than ps4

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  12. the desolet one

    January 27, 2015 at 11:48

    also they need to fix the memory problem as you can only download 5 games before you have to uninstall a game to add another

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  13. RinceThis

    January 27, 2015 at 12:34

    5 seconds, WHAT?!

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