Microsoft is getting ready to bring the Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) technology and improved Bluetooth connectivity found on its Xbox Series X|S controller to older Xbox controllers. These new features will become available soon on the Xbox One, Xbox Elite Wireless 2, and the Xbox Adaptive controllers, but Xbox Insiders on the Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha ring can test them now.
Today, we begin flighting a new controller firmware update which brings Series X|S controller features (e.g. better cross-device connectivity & reduced latency) to:
✅ Xbox One controllers
✅ Elite Series 2 controllers
✅ Xbox Adaptive Controller
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After installing the new firmware update for Xbox One controllers, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, and Xbox Adaptive Controllers, Xbox Insiders will be able to double-tap the pair button on their controller to quickly switch between previously connected devices. This new feature only supports one paired console (or PC) connected via Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless protocol, and one smartphone or PC connected to the Xbox controller via Bluetooth.
This new firmware update also brings support for the Bluetooth Low Energy standard, as well as Microsoft’s new Dynamic Latency Input technology that provides a more responsive gaming experience. Overall, older Xbox controllers will soon provide the same features as the brand new Xbox Series X|S controllers, except for the new Share button for quickly taking captures.
"We believe it’s important to maintain backward compatibility with Xbox accessories people already have in their collection and to ensure we deliver the best gaming experience no matter how you choose to play," the Xbox team said today. Let us know in the comments if you think Microsoft deserves credit for not leaving old Xbox accessories behind.