You can finally use the Xbox One Controller on your PC

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The Xbox One controller is a magnificent. It’s a little more angular than rounded 360 controller, but it’s incredibly comfortable, and sports those undeniably sexy rumbling triggers. Though the controller has a little micro USB port on the top if it, the thing is just not compatible with PC. That has changed; Microsoft has released a PC driver for the Xbox One controller.

“We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller,” said Microsoft\s Major Nelson. “We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made.

“The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you’ll be gaming in no time.”

Unfortunately, there’s no wireless compatibility yet; and those old Xbox Wireless PC gaming receivers you have won’t work, as the Xbox One has ditched that old tech for Wifi direct connectivity for the controllers. Microsoft may yet release an adapter for the purpose.

If you want the drivers, you can grab ‘em here.

PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x86)

PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x64)

The Xbox One, along with its controllers will be available in South Africa this September. Sony’s PlayStation 4 controllers are recognised as such by Windows automatically, but don’t adhere to Xinput standards, so work with very few games. Of course, there is a work-around.

The excellent DS4Tool allows you to emulate Xinput support, even using the PlayStation 4 controller’s touch pad as a faux mouse. It allows you to connect to the PS4 controller via a micro USB cable or through Bluetooth.

Last Updated: June 6, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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