Xbox One controller can be used on your PC…in the future

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Darryn’s already given you a rundown, via video, of the new features and technical wizardry that’s gone in to the new Xbox One controller. What he hasn’t detailed though, is just how it’ll work on a PC. Right now, the wired Xbox 360 is pretty much the de facto PC controller. The Xbox One controller wont be coming in a wired configuration this time.

Because it’ll just plug straight in to your PC using a standard mini USB cable; the sort you have tons of lying about right now anyway. In fact, the controller will come with said cable, which will allow it to be used as a wired controller on the Xbox One console as well.

Unfortunately, this PC functionality probably won’t be available until some time next year, for reasons known only to Microsoft.

Speaking to CVG, an MS spokesperson said “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. 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.”

“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.”

Funny, because when I played Battlefield 4 on PC at E3, I did so using an Xbox One controller – and it worked just fine. Still, even if MS doesn’t release “official” drivers for the Xbox One controller I’m pretty sure some industrious soul will tinker a working driving together.

Sony hasn’t said if it’s DS4 will be PC compatible. The dual Shock 3 isn’t officially, but as it uses standard Bluetooth, It’s pretty easy to jigger. The dual Shock 4 would be perfect for PC, if you ask me; that touchpad could be used to do some of the mouse movements that PC gamers need to do even though they’re playing with a controller.

Last Updated: August 13, 2013

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