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Xbox One Controller to Hit Windows PC in 2014

By - Source: CVG | B 22 comments

Microsoft will release drivers in 2014 that will make the Xbox One controller compatible with Windows.

A Microsoft spokesperson recently told CVG that the Xbox One controller shipping with the console this holiday season will eventually be compatible with Windows PC in 2014. This will be accomplished by a Microsoft-developed driver, and will supposedly allow the new controller to work with PC games that already support the current Xbox 360 controller for Windows.

"The Xbox One controller, although it looks similar in many ways, shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller," the rep said. "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."

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The rep went on to explain that, as previously mentioned, there will also need to be work done to make sure that the existing PC games supporting the Xbox 360 controller will work with the new one. "While it seems trivial, it's actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user," the rep said. "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."

The news follows an interview CVG conducted with Xbox Accessories general manager Zulfi Alam who talked about the history of the upcoming Xbox One controller. He admitted that he received "atrocious" feedback from Microsoft executives when he first approached them with an idea to completely redesign the controller back in early 2011. They called the idea "crazy."

But he moved forward with the project anyway. "We interviewed hundreds and hundreds of core gamers, and through those interviews we got a list of improvements that people said they wanted," he said. "Then we added each one of those advancements to the Xbox 360 controller, and each time we tested the new builds on live games. In fact, we were writing actual levels of games to see how well a new feature works."

Gamers testing the Xbox 360 controllers had no idea they were holding what would eventually be the foundation of the Xbox One version -- the team merely made slight adjustments to the current model during each testing session. "The final Xbox One controller may not look different on the outside, but inside it's remarkably different," Alam said.

Microsoft reportedly spent more than $100 million designing the new Xbox One controller. The company will likely get that back in 24 hours of the new console's availability on the market this holiday season.

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    bustapr , August 14, 2013 4:16 AM
    for a $100 million investment into making a new controller for the console I really expected the XB1 controller to be pc-compatible off the bat instead of there being a dedicated pc release. it wouldve been convenient for console owners and wouldve been good marketing towards the pc users to buy the console. all that money had to go somewhere and it sure as hell couldnt cost even half of that to just redesign the controller and other prototypes(like the smelly one).
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    digiex , August 14, 2013 4:59 AM
    "Microsoft reportedly spent more than $100 million designing the new Xbox One controller."

    That a lot of money for just the controller. Now understand why Chinese imitations are way cheaper, just hack M$ site then mas produce their product.
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    Marcus52 , August 14, 2013 5:07 AM
    The "controller" I want is the upgraded Kinect for the PC. :) 
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    joaompp , August 14, 2013 6:01 AM
    "We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC"

    Sounds like M$ has been taking their ego pills.
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    obiown77 , August 14, 2013 6:21 AM
    There will be 3rd party drivers well before M$ releases theirs, maybe not quite as refined, but they will work just fine I'm sure.
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    4745454b , August 14, 2013 8:00 AM
    What's so great about this controller? I think I missed something. I want one (and a mouse please.) that has fans built into it to help keep my sweaty palms not so sweaty. Other then that as long as it works...
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    ram1009 , August 14, 2013 8:34 AM
    Their controllers will always be worthless until aiming can be accomplished quickly and accurately in FPS games. Nothing they've done yet can come close to a mouse.
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    back_by_demand , August 14, 2013 9:30 AM
    Bustapr, they are making it compatible, the fact it does not conform to your timetable is no excuse to piss all over the investment - but the fact PC users will have it at all will add more strength to owning a HTPC and sticking a good GFX card in it, rather than buying a console at all
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    Antichrist , August 14, 2013 10:37 AM
    The XBOX 360 controller is my favorite controller of all time by a large margin. I use it all the time for my PC gaming, so I'm interested to see if the updated controller is noticeably different...and hopefully better!
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    Cryio , August 14, 2013 2:24 PM
    I want one. It looks awesome.
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    kyee7k , August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
    Will it come with a sticker?
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    eklipz330 , August 14, 2013 5:12 PM
    i will probably get it at release. my current 360 controller is indispensable.. i've used it so often, and it's worked flawlessly with the connector. the joystick and d-pad improvements should make the new controller worth it. don't really care about the vibrating triggers
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    alextheblue , August 14, 2013 5:21 PM
    Bustapr you didn't even read the article! The first paragraph says that they won't have a "dedicated PC release". They just need to build drivers for it, and every Xbox One controller will work - including wired mode with the charge and play type cables.
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    John Bauer , August 14, 2013 6:20 PM
    Lemme guess, it'll only be compatible on Windows 8.
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    falchard , August 15, 2013 12:07 AM
    The Xbox Controllers have been some of the shittiest controllers I have used in a modern console device. However, I don't think they can copy PlayStation on this one.
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    virtualban , August 15, 2013 4:27 AM
    Now all MS needs to do is add compatibility for a keyboard and mouse to the Xbone.
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    virtualban , August 15, 2013 4:28 AM
    On a second thought, all consoles should add the ability to add a keyboard and mouse. It still would be a very limited computing device, but why not? They already have the ability to browse the internet. Why not do it properly?
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    John Bauer , August 15, 2013 7:13 AM
    The Xbox Controllers have been some of the shittiest controllers I have used in a modern console device. However, I don't think they can copy PlayStation on this one.

    It's actually pretty widely accepted that the Xbox 360 controller is the best controller ever made. It's only flaw is the D-pad.
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    Reverberati0n , August 18, 2013 10:47 AM
    This is great to hear. I at least would like to see this and use it.
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    meh , November 23, 2013 2:51 PM
    You mean Microsoft with their infinite resources and the makers of Windows don't have the ability to have drivers ready for their own operating system at launch time? Yes, that totally makes sense...
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