Your Xbox One controller can work as a wired PC gamepad… in 2014
The Xbox One controller features a series of small improvements over the original Xbox 360 that, when taken together, should make for a controller that’s more comfortable, easier to use, and can even deliver more information to the player through the expanded rumble capabilities. It’s a nice controller, and the new rumble effects are pretty nifty.
Microsoft released a video talking about the updated controller today, so if you want to dive in and get all the new details and information, go for it.
I asked if the wired controller would work on the PC, a feature that would add a large amount of value to the purchase. The answer? Eh, it’s a little disappointing.
“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 representative told the Report. “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,” they continued. “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.”
So yes, you will be able to use the Xbox One controller on your PC… but not until next year.