According to a new report today, Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One controller will not be PC compatible, at least not yet. While those of you who own an Xbox 360 can easily use the Xbox 360 controller on your PC, the new Xbox One controller needs software to be written to allow it to work on Windows.
“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,” Microsoft stated.
Microsoft explains that the Xbox One controller requires ‘a bit of dedicated work’ to enable a seamless experience for the gamer. Microsoft needs to develop new software to make sure existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work on the new Xbox One controller. Microsoft understands that Xbox One gamers will want to have the ability to use their new controller on their PC and the company expects this functionality to be available in 2014.
So until this actually happens, you cant use your Xbox One controller on your PC. Perhaps this just means that once you get your Xbox One, you can bring that Xbox 360 controller out of the closet and use it for your PC until support arrives sometime in 2014!Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8, Xbox One