PC Finally Gets Xbox One Controller Support

The Xbox 360 controller was the gold standard for PC game pads for years. It was simple, relatively cheap, well-made and widely supported by developers. For many games, I used it by default. Now, finally, Microsoft has released PC drivers for the Xbox One.

Support was promised right around the console’s launch in November, but has only just been spotted in the wild. Any game that currently supports the Xbox 360 controller will now work with the Xbox One controller as well. Unfortunately, the update hasn’t been added to Windows Update yet, so you can’t just plug it in and expect it to work. Instead, Microsoft's Major Nelson has released them early on his blog.

We tested out the drivers for a bit on some Telltale games, Skyrim, and Dark Souls. The controller worked great with each. Obviously developers haven’t added support for the Xbox One controller’s extra features, but that’ll only be a matter of time. Until then, if you have an Xbox One and you’ve wanted to make your PC experience just a little better, you can give these drivers a try.

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  • ubercake
    What features does the Xbox One controller offer that are not present on a 360 controller?
  • nukemaster
    Some extra vibration in the triggers and a bit or redesign for comfort.

    The full list of features is here

  • jasonelmore
    now all we need is a wireless driver or adapter and i can finally retire my xbox 360 gear.