Frag on: Xbox One controller drivers now available for the PC

If you are having trouble getting the ‘gooser’ challenge in Titanfall on your PC and you keep muttering, "If only I could use an Xbox One controller, this would be so much easier," Microsoft has good news for you.

Available now, you can download the drivers you need to connect your Xbox One controller up to your PC and frag away with Microsoft’s best gaming peripheral. While we know some will claim the keyboard and mouse are superior to the controller and there is no need to use the Xbox One device, options are always a good thing.

You can find the download links at the bottom of the post; all you have to do to get your controller working is install the driver and then connect the controller to your PC with a USB cable. The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller.

While not the biggest announcement from Microsoft, obviously, we know that some will be excited to use the Xbox One controller with their PC. Even though the Xbox 360 controller is quite good, the enhancements to the One’s controller are significant enough to warrant an upgrade.

Download: Xbox One Controller Driver (x86) | Xbox One Controller Driver (x64)

Source: Major Nelson

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I have the Wireless dongle that allows me to use my 360 controller wireless on PC.
I wonder if they will make one for the One controller...

I wish Sony would let us use PS3/4 controllers with a PC, not everyone likes the Xbox 360/One controller and it'd be nice to have more choice.

Flimsy micro USB connection, no thanks. I wonder how many ports on the controllers will break after long term use? Why can't they just sell a wireless dongle?

AR556 said,
Flimsy micro USB connection, no thanks. I wonder how many ports on the controllers will break after long term use? Why can't they just sell a wireless dongle?


Prolly cost. Jump up 50.

suprNOVA said,


Prolly cost. Jump up 50.

That wasn't an issue when the wireless dongle was sold for the 360 controller. I don't mind paying for it if it works.

Nice, i'll be picking one up because I like the feel of it. But damn, Microsoft should have had this from the get go? I know I've been using my PS4 controller for PC (although I don't know if that's natively supported yet)

suprNOVA said,
Nice, i'll be picking one up because I like the feel of it. But damn, Microsoft should have had this from the get go? I know I've been using my PS4 controller for PC (although I don't know if that's natively supported yet)

The PS3 and PS4 controllers are not officially supported on Windows - Sony do not provide drivers with full functionality (but we have MIJ drivers, which are plenty good enough). Microsoft are actually officially supporting their controllers. So it's not really fair to compare them.

What's the big deal? I notice no significant changes between the Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers, and Xbox 360 controller drivers have been available since Vista . . .

Another forward step in the right direction, albeit a late one :) I love how the USB connector on the controller is standard, I can use my Samsung phone lead with it, it's 2M long. If you wanted to use the 360 controller you had to have either a fixed wired one or buy a play 'n' charge lead for a wireless one to turn it wired.

MS are definitely going in the right direction, finally :) Now I've said that they'll take two backwards ;)

Play N Charge cables for the 360 controller do not make it a wired controller. All they do is charge the battery, the controller still communicates wirelessly.

I got old Xbox controller on my PC games. It works perfectly. I can never play anytime using mouse and keyboard. I don't know how gamers play like that. I am very much in to console gaming PS3 and got steam game for my PC.

WiFi Direct from what I've read. Ultimately, the data throughput of the One's controller is much higher than that of the 360's controller, so it's not surprising that it's incompatible

oh it's not bluetooth ?
how come i remember a press conference where julie larson-green was playing on surface with an xbox controller ? was that not actually an xbox controller ?

From what I'm reading, it might be WiFi Direct, so some hardware might not need a dongle, but others would. Unfortunately, this driver is only for the wired mode

Whaaa? The PS3 controllers could do bluetooth as far as I'm aware. They use the cord initially, but can be wireless thereafter with the MotionInJoy driver(s). :/

Is this better than the 360 for the PC? Does it work with older titles?
Can you buy a controller solely for PC use?

It's been great the past few years having 360 controller support for most games..

Hahaiah said,
Is this better than the 360 for the PC? Does it work with older titles?
Can you buy a controller solely for PC use?

It's been great the past few years having 360 controller support for most games..

The big question in my mind is whether the triggers work as one axis on Windows (meaning it goes to 0 when you hold both), as the 360 one does, or as separate axes. That's always seemed stupid to me.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
The big question in my mind is whether the triggers work as one axis on Windows (meaning it goes to 0 when you hold both), as the 360 one does, or as separate axes. That's always seemed stupid to me.

I just ordered a 360 controller last night from Amazon. Is the XBone controller that much better?

Hahaiah said,
Is this better than the 360 for the PC? Does it work with older titles?
Can you buy a controller solely for PC use?

It's been great the past few years having 360 controller support for most games..


smooth_criminal1990 said,
The big question in my mind is whether the triggers work as one axis on Windows (meaning it goes to 0 when you hold both), as the 360 one does, or as separate axes. That's always seemed stupid to me.

Quoted from the Major Nelson article sourced above...
"The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you'll be gaming in no time."

pratnala said,
I think you can buy the controller without buying an Xbox? No?

He means, "something related to Xbox."